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Lauren Thiel
Audit Graduate

Lauren Thiel

I have always been driven towards work in the arts and creative industries so never could have imagined I would end up being an accountant! I started studying Psychology but moved to Tourism & Event Management hoping to set myself up for a career as a Wedding Coordinator. I was achieving the high grades I wanted and had a job in the industry so thought my path was set. My last subject was Accounting for Business. Once I learned the language of accounting I fell in love with it.

In my job as an accountant, in audit, I have performed numerous stocktakes, some for which I have travelled, and have had many training days where we learn about how to use the programs and systems here and about audit in general. I have worked on some amazing clients in the sports, fashion, wine and defense industries. My teams have all been different, but equally as encouraging and diverse. The work I perform is usually around the purchases, controls, bank confirmations, and journals.

I have had the opportunity to speak to uni students at presentation days, and to be a buddy to our current vacationers.

The culture is really quite amazing at KPMG. I was worried that I would be joining a firm of boring accountants. I was super happy to discover I am not the only confident, outgoing, loud, creative, and social accountant! We all work hard but we also all like to catch up for lunches, or have after work drinks. My graduate group is really close too and we often catch up outside of work.


Claire Impey

Claire Impey
Consultant, Internal Audit Risk and Control Services (Risk Consulting)
Monash University
Masters of Business Economics, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Economics

What's your job about?

  • I work in a division of Risk Consulting called Internal Audit. We work with our clients to assess how they conduct their business compared to how they want to conduct their business (or how they’re obliged to conduct it) and figure out how they can operate to incur the least risk in their operations. It’s a very varied job because the clients we work with are so diverse, and the types of audits vary as well. It’s a job that requires a thorough understanding of the client’s business and how the industry they exist in works.
  • At the moment I’m working on an Audit project for a a supermarket chain. We’ve been going into their stores and hotels and conducting audits around compliance, OH&S, food safety, administration and other areas that affect the front line of their business. I’ve been working on the Project Management team monitoring the progress of the audits. The kind of work I’m doing day to day is keeping up with the schedule of audits, looking at completed audits for stores and what the managers say they’ll do about findings, and finalising reports by giving each store an overall risk rating. I also work with our auditors across the country, and assist managers with any conflict resolution around the findings.
  • We’ve moved into a planning phase for the next half of the program, so audits have stopped for the moment. We’re looking at how to train new auditors, how to set up the technology we’ve been using on the project and how to streamline the reporting that we do on overall risks and themes for the business.
  • I was born and have always lived in Melbourne, though I’d love to live and work overseas at some point. Every time I travel I try to picture what it would be like living in the city I’m visiting.
  • On reflection the most important phases of my life have been postgraduate study, travelling and getting my first professional job.
  • I applied for this position through the advertised graduate program- I had to go through the psychometric testing and the online assessment and the interviews, but it was worth it in the end! I started work at the end of February 2016.
  • Absolutely- KPMG hire from all disciplines because each degree and each person brings different skills. We have a lot of engineers, I work with people qualified in commerce, law, sciences and arts. Technical skills you learn on the job, but the basics like how to be a valuable member of a team, communicating with your team and dealing with time management are learned across all disciplines.
  • I think all jobs require sort of the same skills and characteristics to a degree, but I think it’s important not to take things too personally, to be yourself even if it kind of feels weird, and to ask questions. Building relationships at work is also really important- seriously you spend so much time with the people you work with I think it’s nice to feel close to them and care about how they’re going.
  • I love being able to produce good work in times of stress. I think it’s great to be thrown into the deeper end of things and be able to get it together and show people that you can handle the challenge. It doesn’t mean you have to get things right but always be open to asking for help and let people know when you’re having a tough time. I feel like I’ve achieved a lot if my team have delivered during a stressful period or have worked together to get through something difficult together.

What's your background?

  • I was born and have always lived in Melbourne, though I’d love to live and work overseas at some point. Every time I travel I try to picture what it would be like living in the city I’m visiting.
  • On reflection the most important phases of my life have been postgraduate study, travelling and getting my first professional job.
  • I applied for this position through the advertised graduate program- I had to go through the psychometric testing and the online assessment and the interviews, but it was worth it in the end! I started work at the end of February 2016.

Could someone with a different background do your job?

  • Absolutely- KPMG hire from all disciplines because each degree and each person brings different skills. We have a lot of engineers, I work with people qualified in commerce, law, sciences and arts. Technical skills you learn on the job, but the basics like how to be a valuable member of a team, communicating with your team and dealing with time management are learned across all disciplines.
  • I think all jobs require sort of the same skills and characteristics to a degree, but I think it’s important not to take things too personally, to be yourself even if it kind of feels weird, and to ask questions. Building relationships at work is also really important- seriously you spend so much time with the people you work with I think it’s nice to feel close to them and care about how they’re going.

What's the coolest thing about your job?

  • I love being able to produce good work in times of stress. I think it’s great to be thrown into the deeper end of things and be able to get it together and show people that you can handle the challenge. It doesn’t mean you have to get things right but always be open to asking for help and let people know when you’re having a tough time. I feel like I’ve achieved a lot if my team have delivered during a stressful period or have worked together to get through something difficult together.

What are the limitations of your job?

  • I enjoy that my job has given me so much responsibility so early in my career, but that also comes with accountability. I don’t work weekends or overtime (as a general rule) but my work has to be done. I think it’s good to be accountable for things, because sometimes it only takes one mistake and you change your entire approach to something to make sure it doesn’t happen again. It’s frustrating at the time to have made a mistake but it’s valuable.

3 pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student...

  • Have the most fun you can- spend your time and money travelling, exploring new places, developing interests and hobbies and meeting new people. Go to random events and places and eat weird food and talk to weird people and just enjoy it for the story you’ll get.
  • Try to instill some discipline in your routine- expecting more of yourself and holding yourself accountable for the quality of your work and how you’ve spent your time will serve you well when you start work.
  • Take an interest in the work you’re doing because it’ll become your passion and you’ll feel irritated that you didn’t take it seriously at times.

Rebecca Ferrarro

Rebecca Ferraro
Tax Consultant
Deakin University
Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce

What's your job about?

There are two broad streams to my job as a corporate tax consultant: compliance and advisory. Compliance involves managing clients’ tax affairs to ensure they are complying with their tax obligations. Advisory requires me to analyse the tax law in relation to a particular transaction or structure to determine the likely tax legal implications.

As a corporate tax consultant I am exposed to a variety of clients, structures and opportunities which creates a work environment that is diverse and fluid and allows me to work amongst a variety of work streams within the corporate tax department including mergers and acquisitions, superannuation funds, the private equity and wealth sector, and energy and natural resources.

What's your background?

I grew up in Canberra and moved to Melbourne at 18 to attend university.

In 2010, I commenced an Arts/Commerce double degree at Deakin University, and transferred into Law/Commerce after my first year.  My university experience was enriched through work experience roles at Victoria Legal Aid, suburban law firms, and in my role as an ambassador for my university.

The most important and memorable time during university was studying abroad in Copenhagen. This opportunity allowed me to study a foreign legal system, whilst immersing myself in a different culture and meeting a variety of people from all over the world.

In late 2014, I worked as a vacationer for KPMG Melbourne in the firm’s Transfer Pricing team. After this 8 week vacation period, I was offered a graduate position commencing in February 2016 in the Corporate Tax team.

Could someone with a different background do your job?

Yes – KPMG has a range of service lines that are suited for a variety of qualifications and interests. People within the tax division come from differnet backgrounds including Law, Commerce, Science, and Arts. Having a background in any of these degrees provides a strong foundation for the types of engagements that you encounter in tax.

What's the coolest thing about your job?

Tax provides exposure to a range of businesses and a broad cross section of different industries and clients. The workplace culture provides an inclusive and collaborate environment that makes working in the office an enjoyable experience.

What are the limitations of your job?

Occasionally there are times when deadlines require that we work back a little late or clients require that we turn work around in a short period of time.

3 pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student...

  • Don’t stress and put so much pressure on yourself with respect to university grades because grades are not the most important factor in determining your career prospects;
  • Get as much exposure to different experiences and opportunities as possible in a range of industries;
  • Make the most of your university life and take the opportunity to travel and experience the world as much as you can. 

Nina Hauser

Nina Hauser
Management Consultant
Deakin University
Bachelor of Law/Arts

What's your job about?

KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services.

I’m currently working in the Advisory division, specifically in Management Consulting within the Technology Risk & Assurance service line. The Technology Risk & Assurance team is responsible for helping clients to better comprehend and manage technology, cyber and information risks. In particular, my team helps clients with major IT investments through project risk management support; identifying and managing cyber security and other technology and information risks; enhancing our clients’ business resilience; improving our clients’ understanding and management of risk in technology through designing and implementing effective controls over technology assets and assisting our clients to meet their IT compliance and governance obligations in a way that enhances their business objectives. My role as a Consultant consists of conducting meetings with clients to gain an understanding of the processes, IT controls and governance that the business has in place, followd by collating evidence of such processes and controls, examining and testing the evidence to ensure compliance with laws, regulations and industry standards. Another key aspect of my role is to identify risks in the process of examining the evidence obtained from clients and providing advise on how to better manage these risks.

What's your background?

I was born and raised in Germany and moved to Australia in 2006. Once I moved to Australia, I attended Thomastown Secondary College, where I completed my secondary education. Due to my academics and leadership skills throughout VCE, I was awarded a Cadetship with DOXA Youth Foundation. DOXA provided me with a placement opportunity at Allens, a Top-Tier Law firm. My placement turned into a part-time job during University semesters and a full-time job during University holidays. In the 5 years that I worked at Allens, I worked as a Paralegal in Competition Law and Applied Legal Technology as well as the IT department simultaneously. After 5 years of working at Allens, I worked as a Paralegal at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office, where I mainly worked on Royal Commissions and Public Inquests. In my final year of University, I applied for a role at KPMG and was successful. I started working at KPMG right after my exams and have been working here for 8 months now.

Could someone with a different background do your job?

Yes definitely! I studied Law and Arts (Psychology Major) at University and worked in the legal field and in IT, however I am the only one in my team with this degree combination. Our team consists of people with diverse backgrounds such as Commerce, IT, Business and Engineering amongst other degrees. We work in such a collaborative environment where diverse outlooks and views on concepts and ideas allow us to grow and succeed. The most important skills to have in my role are the ability to communicate clearly and effectively as well as problem-solving skills!

What's the coolest thing about your job?

The greatest thing about my job is the fact that I’m constantly working on new jobs and meeting new people. This really allows me to grow both at a personal and professional level. I think the culture and people at KPMG are really great and are a big reason as to why I love my job J

What are the limitations of your job?

As with most jobs, there are times where the jobs I work on require me to work some additional hours, however KPMG has a really good work-life balance generally, so I wouldn’t necessary say that this a limitation but rather additional time that allows me to build strong relationships with clients and gain skills and deeper knowledge of my role and client needs.

3 pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student...

Network, network, network! I can really say that networking is key, and many students tend to not do this until the end of their degree when they start looking for jobs; but the earlier you start networking, the more of a chance you have to get your dream job!


Nina Hauser

Shivarnee Sitsabasan
Accountant
RMIT University
Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

What's your job about?

KPMG is a well known global professional firm that provides Audit, Tax, Advisory and Enterprise services. KPMG as a global firm is part of the renowed Big 4 accouting firms.I am part of the Entreprise Audit division. I am mainly involved in the financial statement audit area of my division. In Entreprise, you would usually be out at a client for an average of 2 weeks to do field work (i.e. planning, control testing or audit work). An audit team would  normally have a partner, manager ,in-charge and other team members.  Typically on the first day out at the clients, the In-charge would normally send out a document/email that would have all the work allocatios for the team. The work allocated would be the minimum workpapers that you would have to complete within the given timeframe As  grad, I am normally allocated work on cash,payroll,PPE and etc. If I am new to the section allocated, my in-charge would give me a brief overview of the workpaper. At the end of the day, I have never had a dull day in audit. There’s always something new to learn everday. Every day there is new challenge that I would have maneuver my way around . There hasn’t been a day that has gone by where I have not learnt something new.

What's your background?

I was born in Melbourne, Australia but I grew up in Malaysia. It’s been 6 months since I started here at KPMG and its been a very interesting journey as of now and  I am pretty sure that my journey is only going to get even more interesting day by day. My main belief  in life is that, there’s always something you can learn from every experience you have. If you stop learning/developing, you kinda of stop living.

Could someone with a different background do your job?

Yes definitely. As a young graduate coming into the division, I have no prior knowledge of auditing. Everything I know as of now has been learnt from being on jobs. If one is willing to put in the time and effort, then nothing is impossible. From my 6 months here at KPMG, one of the most important skill that you could have is critical thinking. It’s a skill that would be developed throughout one’s career.  The other characteristic that one should also have is passion and enthusiasm. 

What's the coolest thing about your job?

I love the fact that I get to meet and work so many new people.  I get to work with clients in different industries as well as team members from different walks of life. The satisfaction of seeing your clients and partner’s appreciation of the work you have done is a moment that reminds me why I am in Audit. The moments where, the client comes up to you and says that this is the best audit team they had in a long time are moments where I feel that I am in the right place.

What are the limitations of your job?

The limitations to the job is that there’s a very steep learning curve as a fresh grad out of university. University education can’t teach all the theoretical knowledge that you would need for on job. A lot of the learning is done through experience and on job. But saying that, there’s always assistance/help in KPMG for those looking for it. Besides what has been said, there’s no other real big limitation that can’t be overcome.

3 pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student...

  • Don’t ever give up on yourself.  You would be amazed at what you could do if you put your mind to it.
  • Aim high and down ever look down/back. Don’t be afraid, aim for the sky and work towards it. Don’t be afraid of hardwork.
  • Learn from the past, live in the present and prepare for the future. There’s no point worrying about whats going to happen in the near future and also there’s no point dwelling on the past.

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