Former Graduate Trainee - Deal Advisory in Aberdeen

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Monica joined the Deal Advisory Graduate programme in Aberdeen after taking a BSc in Business Management at the University of Birmingham. She’s now an Assistant Manager.

"When I was applying for graduate jobs, I wanted clear career progression, a range of opportunities and to work for a firm with a good reputation, and KPMG stood out. At careers fairs, KPMG representatives were always friendly, and the culture seemed more relaxed than I expected. Plus, the application system was really quick and straightforward.

“Not knowing exactly what I’ll be doing every day means I come in every day feeling really motivated.”

I joined as a Graduate Trainee and, honestly, there was, and still is, no ‘ordinary’ day for me. Not knowing exactly what I’ll be doing every day means I come in every day feeling really motivated. On the Graduate programme, I was given the opportunity to work on a project with a Partner. It felt like a lot of pressure at first, but it went really smoothly and there was a lot of support. I never imagined I’d be given that level of responsibility so early. But senior people aren’t intimidating here, everybody feels like they’re on the same side. I feel proud of working at KPMG. People recognise the name when I tell them where I work, that makes me feel more confident that I’m at the right place.

I am part of a programme called ‘Learning with Leaders’ where I get to spend time with Partners from different departments. They give you insight into different areas and teach skills that you might not learn day to day. Senior Partners often ask what I think about certain decisions and take my thoughts on board. There’s no one way to do things here, and we’re encouraged to keep an open mind."

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