KPMG empowers female STEM graduates to be extraordinary
You might wonder why a large professional services firm is interested in STEM graduates. But KPMG is about much more than accountancy. Many of their people are technical specialists and technology is a major area of focus for KPMG and their clients.
KPMG work with clients across a variety of industries such as retail, leisure, charities, banking, government and the public sector. KPMG’s Technology trainees are exposed to a range of client work from day one – this could be advising on cyber security solutions, shaping learning technologies, or managing tech risk – even to developing innovative business process software and award-winning apps. For example KPMG designed an app used by police to enhance security at the London 2012 Olympics.
A choice of graduate and undergraduate programmes for STEM savvy students
Technology is one of the fastest-growing business areas within KPMG. So there is plenty of scope for women with a passion for science, tech, engineering and maths to flourish.
There are three graduate routes into this diverse area: Technology Consulting, Technology Delivery and Business Technology. Each programme gives graduates the chance to work on a range of projects with a variety of clients.
Technology Consulting is about helping clients make sustainable improvements to their technology. Providing independent, jargon-free advice, the team helps to facilitate change in business performance.
Technology Delivery focuses on designing, building and operating technology enabled solutions that help clients transform their businesses.
Business Technology combines analysis and development to design and implement brand new accounting technologies.
Inspiring and empowering women at KPMG
Mina is a Tax Partner and sponsor of the KPMG Network of Women, which has over 2000 members. She says, ‘Women at KPMG work in an empowering environment that gives us flexibility, choice and opportunity. We come from different backgrounds, have different motivations and make different choices about how we develop our careers.’ KPMG’s diverse employee networks bring together women and men from across the firm in an inclusive culture.
KPMG has worked hard to make the company a place where women can thrive. It plays a leading role in the push for progress on gender equality. It has relationships with organisations including Business in the Community and the 30% Club - a campaign to achieve at least 30% women on FTSE 100 boards. As of September 2016, senior women make up one-third of KPMG UK’s board.
Keen to attract, empower and develop women in Technology, KPMG created the IT’s Her Future programme in 2015. Hosting a range of exciting events, the initiative offers women working in Technology at KPMG access to networks and opportunities that can help advance their careers. It also aims to increase awareness around gender diversity and spark conversations about exciting areas of Technology.
Female Technology practitioners at KPMG can also benefit from a mentoring scheme to support their professional growth. KPMG Technology Graduate Trainee Helena says, ‘I use time with my mentor to ask questions about her career and seek advice when I am faced with unfamiliar situations. I feel that having a mentor is invaluable, and I would encourage any new graduates joining the firm to look for one.’
In addition, KPMG has developed Intelligent Working practices that offer flexibility in the way their people work. These enable both work-life balance and effective career development. Taking all this into account, perhaps it’s no surprise that KPMG have won a place in the prestigious Times Top 50 Employers for Women list for six years running.
A Smart Network connecting you with your future
If you like what you’ve heard so far, then there’s even more good news - KPMG have created the Smart Network, making it easier for you to find out about new KPMG opportunities, updates and insights. By signing up, you’ll be among the first to hear the latest news on Graduate and Undergraduate opportunities at KPMG.
You can set your own preferences so that you only receive updates that match your interests. KPMG will also send you invitations to exclusive events that they think will benefit you. Put simply, you have complete control over what content you receive and how often you get it.
Securing an offer, faster than ever
If you choose to apply to KPMG and your application is successful, you’ll also have the chance to experience KPMG’s innovative streamlined assessment process, Launch Pad. This gives you the potential to secure an offer sooner, so you can spend more time focusing on your studies. You won’t need to wait months for the outcome, because if you’re successful at Launch Pad, you’ll get your offer within two working days. To sign up to the Smart Network, click here.
You can further explore KPMG’s Graduate opportunities in Technology here.
Posted on Sunday Jun 25