Learn how I was able to find my footing while interning as a marketing student at KPMG in Bermuda.
Learn how I was able to find my footing while interning as a marketing student at KPMG.
Having just entered my third year of a Bachelor of Commerce Co-op degree with a major in Marketing Management at Dalhousie University, I never expected to, at this point, have a detailed idea of where my career path was headed, but my experience with KPMG in Bermuda completely changed that. While searching for my first co-op, I experienced many roadblocks due to the specific area I wanted to pursue, marketing. Then I had the chance to connect with KPMG. I had assumed that like most financial services businesses, they only offered opportunities to those pursuing CPA related careers, but I soon made the exciting discovery that their Lift Off Programme offers internships in a large variety of business-related fields.
I commenced my first co-op placement with the Markets team in January and am now completing a second. With such a welcoming environment and a greatly supportive team, which I learned and continue to learn so much from, I settled in quickly and completed a variety of tasks ranging from creating and scheduling of social media content to assisting with the implementation of a new client insights program. A highlight project was the 2019 Corporate Citizenship Report. As a brand-new joiner, a project so extensive was daunting; researching and coordinating information, writing the report, creating internal and external communications and coordinating design development, but it was also a perfect first introduction to the firm. The various youth, community and environmental initiatives I wrote about are deeply intertwined throughout the firm on all levels and I gained a great understanding of the culture of corporate citizenship and inclusion that flows throughout.
My experience with KPMG in Bermuda grounded my decision to pursue a career in marketing at a time where I was questioning the possibility of my goals and I am beyond thankful for that support. This opportunity allowed me to gain tangible experience in the field, helping to narrow down my personal career path in a field of immense possibilities and the people I’ve had the opportunity to work with will remain unforgettable as I reflect on my career journey. In the face of an abundance of doubt, KPMG chose to support me, which means more than I can ever express.