Stephan is enrolled in KPMG’s Graduate Program Audit & Advisory, a program that is peerless in this industry.
Stephan is enrolled in KPMG’s Graduate Program Audit & Advisory.
What were your goals upon enrolling in this program?
I was very interested in becoming a Swiss Certified Accountant, a highly varied profession which affords insights into many industries. It’s a steep learning curve but it is well worth it. The qualification is held in high esteem, and in my view, rightly so. I decided to enroll in KPMG’s Graduate Program Audit & Advisory because it also allowed me to gather valuable experience on Advisory mandates. The unique skill set I have acquired during my time with KPMG will come in handy during my entire career.
Can you wear both hats, that of Audit and that of Advisory?
When Audit is having its busy season, i.e. in the first few months of the year, I work in Audit. Then the theoretical training as well as any client advisory projects are generally scheduled for summer. In Audit, we test our clients’ financial statements and in Forensic Advisory we dig even deeper, dealing with Compliance topics. In other words, these two areas complement each other ideally.
"The unique skill set I have acquired during my time with KPMG will come in handy during my entire career."
So how do you keep fit for the client?
At KPMG, we have an excellent feedback culture and regularly hold feedback discussions with line managers, the team and the client. This allows me to keep on developing and learning new things. As I am often on the clients’ premises, I especially like the broad spectrum of eLearning options offered by KPMG and the flexibility this creates. I can do the trainings from everywhere and acquire new knowledge.
How do you balance work with life?
I love track and field and train regularly. KPMG has a flexible working model and I can compensate overtime. I also love traveling and was just in Mexico for a month.
Interview with Ute Liebig in collaboration with Universum,
published in Most Attractive Careers 2019