Company of the Week: KPMG – My year as an auditing trainee

When you hear the term “auditing” in your mind you probably see a vision of people in suits locked up in a conference room with a bunch of binders crunching some numbers. To some extent, that was the way I imagined auditing as well before I started at KPMG in the fall of 2016. After that, the image has changed quite dramatically. What surprised me the most was the fact that auditing is actually very social and especially during this time of the year, when we focus mainly on business process auditing, a big part of my workdays consists of being in touch with the client and interviewing the client’s personnel. The other social aspect is the fact that auditing is rarely performed alone, but instead we work in a team and you can always get advice from the colleagues.


As mentioned before, I started at KPMG as a trainee in the fall of 2016. At that time my master’s studies were almost finished and I felt that I wanted to work and gain experience before starting to work on my master’s thesis. I think that the atmosphere at KPMG is very unreserved and as a trainee I felt immediately as part of the group. I got a permanent contract in the spring of 2017 and worked first as part-time, which was very flexible as I was finalizing my studies at the same time.


The things that I like most about my job is the fact that it is very variable since I might have multiple different clients in a week and of course, each client is different from the basis of the client’s business, working environment and the audit team. I love the fact that I get to work with a lot of different people because it keeps the work interesting. As another advantage in my job I could mention the fact that you get to organize your work quite independently and that often you can also influence the working methods.


When I think about the past year at KPMG I can honestly say that I haven’t had a single morning that I would have felt reluctant about going to work. Besides that, the experience you gain by working in auditing is very valuable. I highly recommend you to apply for a trainee programme and see if auditing is something that suits you as well!


Kaisu Hienonen

Audit & Assurance



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