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I joined KPMG as a Graduate Trainee after leaving university with a First Class Degree in 2000. During my first three years at KPMG I studied for my Chartered Accountancy qualification, which I obtained in August 2003. I am now an Assistant Tax Manager with a portfolio of corporate clients for whom we provide tax compliance and advisory services.
I had always had an interest in accountancy, which was strengthened after speaking to Careers Advisors at university. From reading KPMG literature and other sources of information, the whole ethos of the Firm really seemed to stand out and the employees I met were very positive about their experiences. The Firm also showed a strong willingness to work with me in relation to issues associated with my disability.
Throughout my time at KPMG I have had full-time Support Workers to assist me in the office with administrative tasks and some personal care that I require during the day. This is funded by the Government’s Access to Work scheme. KPMG has also purchased a few small pieces of equipment for me (e.g. a cordless telephone, which I find easier to use than a standard desk telephone).
I can honestly say that KPMG has consistently provided me with all the support I have needed in relation to my disability. I believe that that this support has been built on a principle of effective two-way communication between my managers and me, such that there have rarely been any misunderstandings on either side. One of the best examples of the Firm’s support and flexibility was the help that I received during the process of transferring between the Southampton and Cambridge offices, even though I was not in a position to give them any indication of timescales for my move.
KPMG established an internal Disability Network for employees in 2005, part of which I now lead. I feel that this is helping to change the culture within the Firm in relation to disability.
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Assistant Tax Manager
Degree / Previous: Started at KPMG as a Graduate Trainee
Year Joined / Path : 2000
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