Laura Szekely is a recent Queen’s University commerce graduate who has moved up the ranks at KPMG very quickly over the last four years.
Right now she’s a senior accountant, but in October she will become a manager.
Her career began when she completed a co-op internship with KPMG as a student. She was offered a full-time job with the company before her fourth year of school even started, and she’s been there ever since.
Senior accountants’ main responsibilities include:
- Leading an audit team through engagements
- Coaching junior team members
- Reviewing the audit work completed by her team
- Doing a wrap up, providing feedback and hopefully taking the team out for lunch!
One of the best things about working as a senior accountant at KPMG, Szekely says, is the opportunity to travel as part of KPMG’s Global Opportunities (GO) international secondment program. She recently spent four months at KPMG’s Grand Cayman office working in the company’s alternative investment practice.
Szekely’s advice for students who are preparing for a career in accounting:
- Become active at your school
- Show leadership initiative with you commerce or accounting society
- Go to company events on your campus and around your city
- Compete in case competitions
- Attend info sessions and anything else employers are putting on
- Get to know the people who work at the different accounting firms – that’s how you’ll know which company is right for you
To learn more about hatching your accounting career with KPMG, check out their employer profile on TalentEgg or visit KPMG’s campus recruitment website.