Written by: Josh Puterbaugh
I may never leave Dublin.
My ideal type of weather is a football Saturday in the middle of October and the weather in Dublin is very comparable, even in July. While the weather in the United States was approaching 95+ degrees, Dublin was at a very comfortable 65 degrees (18 degrees Celsius) every day last week and around 50 degrees (10 degrees Celsius) at night. Now that you know the weather situation and how comfortable I was last week (sorry for rubbing it in, I know how unbearable it was in the US), here is a recap of my first week in Dublin.
After settling into my Dublin 4 apartment in the Ballsbridge area on the 3rd, KPMG took the other Global Interns and myself out on a tour of Dublin on the 4th of July. We climbed aboard a vintage black double decker bus and saw Merrion Square, Trinity College, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and my favorite, The Guinness Storehouse. The process for brewing Guinness is very interesting and I highly recommend the tour of the Storehouse to anyone who happens to visit Dublin. I am very happy to report that I after visiting the Storehouse, I am a certified pourer of Guinness and would be happy to share the process with anyone when I get back to Columbus.
My first day of work was on the 5th of July and all of the Global Interns met for training at KPMG’s office at the International Financial Service Centre (IFSC) on the bank of the River Liffey. During training, I met the three Irish interns that KPMG is sending to Chicago and NYC and we exchanged recommendations for places to visit. We also discussed the differences between school and working in Ireland and the United States.
One of the most interesting differences was that getting an internship in Ireland is not as heavily recommended as it is in the United States. In Ireland, most of the recruiting is done around graduation time and an offer leads to a three-year contract to work for KPMG and pursue certification as an accountant. During this three year period of time, the trainees are given paid time off of work to study for their yearly exams. Upon passing all parts of the certification process, most people take up to a year off to travel before beginning to work full time for KPMG. I’m definitely going to recommend this system to KPMG in the United States!
In Dublin, I have been working within the Corporate Finance group on the Mergers & Acquisitions team in KPMG’s Advisory practice. Working in another country has been very exciting and interesting and I will devote a full posting to that experience next time.
Exclusive Sneak Peek: One of the most amusing differences is when Word or Outlook auto-corrects certain words to the UK English spelling. You can definitely say it’s one of my “favourite” differences!