KPMG has presented student Tove Barnes with an Amazon Kindle e-book reader, as part of a competition featured by the firm at this year’s Guernsey Careers Show.
Appearing alongside over 70 stands at the recent two-day Careers Show, KPMG sought to attract students who might be interested in a career in professional services, with the Kindle competition being a major draw.
To win, applicants were asked to answer two questions – ‘Which two awards have we achieved to recognise our focus on training?’ and ‘I would like to work for KPMG because…’ – to which Tove Barnes, 13, provided winning answers.
Her answers were ‘Investors in People and Excellence in Training’ and ‘you look after your workers and invest in training, which is good because it can give you a good experience.’
A student of the Grammar School, Tove had gone to the careers show to investigate a possible career in accountancy.
“I think it would be an interesting area to work in. I imagine it as a very challenging and full-on job and it would be nice to have that sense of responsibility,” she said.
“I was excited to find out I had won the competition, I didn’t think I’d win. I had just gone to the stand to find out more about the firm; KPMG’s staff were really friendly and made everything easy to understand.”
Over the two days, the firm offered information about the opportunities available and applications for trainee positions, bursary placements and its work experience scheme. The human resources team were assisted by some of the students currently studying towards professional qualifications who offered interested passers-by a perspective on what life in the accountancy world is like.
One visitor to the stand said: “I’m definitely interested in a career in the finance industry, I think it can be an interesting career path and you have the scope to progress in those companies.”
“The KPMG stand is accessible; I found the information useful too. I recognised the firm from seeing KPMG sponsored events.”
HR Executive Director, Debbie Smith was delighted by the response at the event and the uptake of application forms and literature on training and bursary schemes.
“The Careers Show is always an excellent chance for us to get out and engage with the student community. It gives KPMG a chance to demonstrate the level of professional development it can provide as well as perhaps a chance to demystify the profession as a whole.”