At KPMG’s Executive Look event this summer, students from across Canada got to meet KPMG’s executive team, including CEO Bill Thomas, and take part in fun activities that helped them get to know what it’s like to work at KPMG.
Cathy Giallo says students and recent grads with unrelated educational backgrounds who want to work in accounting will be hired by many organizations as long as they’re willing to start from the bottom and work their way up by getting experience and maybe even pursuing additional education or certification in finance and accounting.
If you are looking into the accounting career path and don’t have a finance or accounting background or degree, it can be difficult to wade through all the designations. However, there are many roles in the field that don’t require professional accounting designation.
Student recruitment processes in accounting have become increasingly competitive. Sarah Whelan, a Queen’s accounting grad, just landed a job with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Toronto. After surviving the recruitment process herself, she has some tips for students following in her footsteps.
Since Vince Iozzo started with Softchoice in 1999, after graduating from Ryerson University with a bachelor of commerce, he’s helped the company go public and acquire other organizations, and he says he probably wouldn’t have been able to get all that experience at a firm that focuses solely on accounting.
An internship with KPMG truly speaks for itself. Rising above the common intern stereotype of grabbing the boss a coffee, the program has been designed to provide an invaluable learning experience for second and third year university students looking to break into the world of accounting.