Smart Thinking: Opinion
KPMG, Motherhood, and Me
Is it possible to raise a child and have a career at KPMG – yes of course it is. I am thriving! Is it hard and tiresome? Yes, but who said pursuing a dream was easy? Is it worth it? Absolutely. I have a strong reputation for being honest, perhaps too honest (is there such a thing?), but this means we both know where we stand – professionally and personally. I emphasize this point as I realise that considering a career working for the ‘Big Four’ may seem daunting so I can only share with you my personal journey from industry to professional services. It has been a huge, and at some points a consuming journey but a decision I do not regret.
When it got down to the bare bones of looking at the ‘Big Four’ – I reasoned with myself that the types of work are similar across all four, so I was looking very much at culture – their people – what they are known for….I chose KPMG as this was the differentiator. I felt connected to their ethos of being a family friendly professional services firm and to this day, I have never questioned this aspect of the UK firm. Four years ago, my seven year old daughter and I joined KPMG – it is important that I say this included my daughter as it feels like this is a journey for us both – one that has changed our lives, for the better.
In our house, I am both the mother and father to my beautiful daughter. Having a young daughter, a bouncy Labrador, a kitten, and three rabbits I am kept rather busy at home. I work and live in Edinburgh - my days are full on with leading a global account which has enabled me to travel to some magnificent parts of the world and work with incredibly intelligent and professional colleagues from around the KPMG global network. I find the work in IT Audit challenging, rewarding, and mentally stimulating. Another important part of my role, is being at the centre of driving an inclusive and diverse workforce - bringing opportunities to everyone – breaking down those myths and also those realities.
I lead our cultural initiatives around diversity and inclusion across Scotland and as part of the wider UK practice. I actively support all our colleagues, particularly minority groups, to ensure every single person has the opportunity to excel at KPMG – and that does mean looking beyond how things have always been. I work full time – flexibly – managing to do the school runs as well as attend all school events – I do have to draw a line at the school coffee mornings but never would I miss the parents race!
We all have decisions to make – I cut my cloth accordingly but never when it comes to the really important things in life. I never shy away from stating the obvious – my life is full on; running a house, juggling conference calls, organising sleep overs, client meetings…and always being there just to down tools to listen to the world through an eleven year olds’ eyes … life is certainly never dull and I would not have it any other way.
I have always been driven and passionate in all that I do – being a part of KPMG is allowing me to fulfil my career ambition as well as provide a wonderful life for my daughter and I.
By Connie Crawford
Senior Manager at KPMG
When it got down to the bare bones of looking at the ‘Big Four’ – I reasoned with myself that the types of work are similar across all four, so I was looking very much at culture – their people – what they are known for….I chose KPMG as this was the differentiator.