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AuditNot for a faint heart. Full review »Degree in Accounting, Final Year, Universiti Kebangsaan MalaysiaRatings
Enjoyment Support & Guidance Environment & Location How Rewarding Was It? Average 4.75How many weeks was it for?29 weeksDate of completion01/2015Monthly payRM 1000What did you do?
(Declaration : This is written by a passionate auditor)
For the record of seven months internship with KPMG, all I can say is, if you are willing to learn, you will learn as much as you want. For the record, I have assisted almost 12 companies with various industries. What keep me motivated? The fact of waking up to a new challenge everyday and the hunger to learn something new.
Why is it not for the faint heart? The love-hate flexible working time. Yes, audit life is very much flexible. You can come to office at 8am and going home at 12am. Or maybe at 12pm? There is also too much surprises and unexpected things you do in your working day. You can never get bored with it (given that you are willing to learn even the smallest task).A bit about your intenrship interview
First, you would have to apply online on KPMG website.
Your application will be filtered and if you were chosen, they will request you to complete an online test (math, english and personality).
If you passed their online test, they will contact you for an interview.
This interview will be conducted by their HR team. And it is one-to-one interview including an essay writing too. Do your homework! Be confident and be yourself. Remember that they choose you because of YOU.What did you learn?
Auditing is way different that what I have learn. Instead of the boring MFRS you read for three years, you will learn a lot about other industries process in making profit and their financial system. Interesting enough to analyse and do their reporting while testing control and evaluate industries risk all at the same time.
Learning curve? You learn to be independent like never before. You make mistake and you learn from it. You fall, and you will fall harder, but you will learn harder too. A tips to survive in this internship is, be proactive and don't get comfortable in your place.Was your supervisor supportive?
You will be assign to a job to audit a company in a team. Thus, teamwork is very important. Bear in mind that you must help and try to make your senior work as easy as possible. Why? Because as a trainee, you will be assign to audit a company at a time, however your senior might have few company to audit in hand. Thus, your role is significant to them.
As this is one of the Big4, I must emphasis, they have a high expectation on you to perform well. What to do when you encounter a problem? Find a solution, find FEW solutions before you approach your senior and request for their advice. Many senior would not mind to help you, but you will be very much in favor when you put some effort to solve a problem.What could be improved? What could you have done better?
As this is not a very structured internship, there will be some pros and cons.
Such as, during free time (where job are not assign to trainee) usually I will go through past year financial reporting to make myself familiar with KPMG reporting.
While during peak period, I will get myself prepared to work and stay late to complete a task with my team. Guess there is nothing much to improve this peak period as most auditor will have to go through it.Advice for future interns?
Dear future intern, be willing to learn. Getting into Big4 is not the only way to be an auditor. But it will sure to give you a better idea on how accounting & finance look like from the top. Do not give up on your dream no matter how impossible you think it is. Take the chance, and grab the opportunity. All the best!