As a Co-Op placement student, you will gain valuable experience and knowledge that can be applied to your studies.
As a Co-Op placement student, you will gain valuable experience as a student.
Hi I’m Bea, and I am studying for my Master’s of Science Degree in International Management and Leadership at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. Instead of writing a dissertation, my course requires that I put my theoretical understanding into practice at an organisation of my choice. KPMG in Bermuda was the obvious choice for me, and that is because of the internship experience I had in the Human Resources department in 2018. Throughout the 12-week internship, I co-led the planning of the annual K-Nect Networking Event and also had the independence to focus on a data privacy project.
Through the relationships I made during my first summer, an opportunity came up for me to do my Master’s project in the Markets department. During my eight-week Co-Op placement, I am working closely with Angell Kasparian, Director of Markets, and we are reviewing the client insights process.
The experience has been instrumental in my personal and professional development. The project has involved independent research on best practice, collaboration with other KPMG member firms to leverage information about their processes, and coming up with recommendations for enhancement. I have gained a wealth of knowledge, including a better understanding of the importance of collecting client feedback in order to continuously improve services, and the importance of balancing human processes with technology solutions. It has also helped my problem-solving skills through the development of an improvement plan and creatively presenting the different components of the feedback process. I was also given the opportunity to present my work to the Markets Committee.
I have really enjoyed my time at KPMG as a Co-Op student. I feel that I am ready to embark on my career with more insights and soft skills, and that is because of the projects that I have worked on and the people that I have worked with here. If you want to work at a place where you are given significant responsibility and interesting work, I would definitely recommend beginning your career journey with KPMG’s Lift-off Program.