Written by: Sarah Hambley
As I prepare to start my last week of the internship with KPMG, I find it important to take a minute to look back over the last eight weeks with the company and decide if public accounting, the Big Four, and KPMG specifically is the right career path for me.
I was chatting with a good friend last week who is also interning in public accounting this summer, and he asked me, “so, do you love it?” After some thought, I replied that I would give the work that I’ve been doing an 8 out of 10 and the people, firm, culture, etc., a 15 out of 10. To be perfectly honest, I don’t see myself waking up every morning with excitement about rolling forward workpapers or working through different m-adjustments for a client’s tax return. Sure, I would love to say the work makes me happier than anything else I could be doing, but I think there are few people who are blessed enough to have found a career that gives them that much happiness.
However, I already find myself waking up with excitement to see my co-workers, hear about their work and learn from my senior managers about growing a business. One of the fed tax senior associates reassured me last week that I won’t be doing all of the detailed, technical work that I’m doing now forever – in fact, I’ll only be doing it for a few years. The great thing about public accounting is the business development aspect of the job, along with the client relationships you build at the firm. Once you make manager, a huge part of your job is working directly with clients to provide them with a work product that keeps them coming back each tax season. Managers also have the responsibility of finding new projects and new clients, which is can make for a very exciting, competitive environment. There is so much to learn and so many new parts of KPMG to see, and I know that I’ve only seen a snapshot of what could be the next several years of my life.
I can say with confidence that KPMG would be a great place for me to start my career. So, cross your fingers for me, and hopefully my next post will be announcing some pretty great news!