Frequently asked questions about our Lift Off Programme.
Frequently asked questions about our Lift Off Programme.
What do you look for in a graduate?
Our standards are high but we're interested in the person, not just an academic record. We're looking for well-rounded applicants – people who are team players, progressive thinkers and can communicate their ideas with passion. People who keep on learning, who want to be leaders in their profession and who want to make a difference. Visit our What we look for page for more information.
What's the culture like at KPMG?
An organisation's culture can be difficult to define, however ask our people what makes KPMG different and most will tell you the same thing: it's our open and friendly culture. Of course it's also a performance-oriented culture. We were awarded the IIP (Investors In People) Gold accreditation. We recognise the hard work and achievements of our people in many different ways. We understand that talented individuals look to their careers for personal development and fulfilment, not just financial reward.
Why should I apply to take part in your Lift Off program at KPMG?
At KPMG, we can help you to reach your full professional and personal potential in your chosen career path. You can expect to be recognised and rewarded for making progress towards this goal through a range of career benefits that emphasise choice and flexibility.
We'll offer you an attractive salary, career development, a friendly and supportive working environment and many other benefits. You'll be able to stretch yourself intellectually, furthering your professional education
and personal development, and taking advantage of opportunities for overseas travel and work experience.
We'll help you to pursue appropriate postgraduate qualifications including financial assistance and study leave. You'll be able to advance your professional standing through a planned programme of work experience and in-house learning and development opportunities.
Which program am I eligible for?
No matter what stage of your academic career, KPMG has a programme to suit your needs.
Summer internship – a 10-12 week work placement for undergraduate students.
Co-op placement – a program that is designed to meet requirements for students enrolled in cooperative undergraduate degree programme.
Graduate Program – permanent role employment for students in their final year of university or recent university graduates.
When is the opening/closing date for applications?
Our selection process varies for each program. Visit the appropriate programme page for more information on application start and end dates.
How do I apply?
All applications for any part of our Lift Off program require a:
These items are to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or hand delivered to the KPMG in Bermuda Office. View our selection process for further information on what will happen after you submit an application.
Applications for our 2018 Graduate Programme roles and 2018 Summer Vacation internship roles will open from December – February on Monday 13 February 2017. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for updates.
Do you have any tips for completing my application?
It is important to provide us with as much information about yourself as you can, proof read, and be honest in your answers. Check out our application cheat sheet for more information.
What is your recruitment process like?
Our recruitment process is designed to promote two-way communication between you and KPMG.
You find out about us. We realise that you're considering a variety of career options, so we give you several opportunities throughout our recruitment process to meet our people and discover the benefits of a career
We find out about you. We make a dedicated effort to get to know you as an individual and learn what you can offer our firm.
For further information, see our What we look for section.
What questions will I be asked in an interview?
You will be asked about your life, your time at university, extra-curricular activities and any work experience. Our interview questions are behavioural-based and are related to the skills and behaviours we consider crucial for success at KPMG in Bermuda.
What will my salary be while in one of the Lift Off programmes?
KPMG salaries are paid at competitive market rates. When you are offered a position you'll receive full details of your remuneration package. It is important to think about not just your salary, but the total rewards you will receive when joining such as salary plus benefits, incentives or bonuses, development and growth opportunities, long term earning potential and career progression. We also provide paid study leave, travel and accommodation for overseas courses, all fees and expenses for examinations and study materials towards your professional designation.
When will I be required to start work?
Depending upon which programme you are interested in (i.e. Summer, co-op internships or graduate programme). Summer interns generally start in June while Co-op placement student’s start dates vary depending on their University course structure. Full-time employees joining the Graduate Program typically start in October or January.
What are your work hours like?
Our standard working week is 36 hours per week. The office hours are Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., with one hour and fifteen minutes for lunch, between 12:45 p. m. and 2:00 p.m.
When will I hear from KPMG after submitting my application?
We aim to get back to you within a week, however during peak time in from February to April, it may take us a little longer than this due to the volume of applications. Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
What training do you offer to your graduates?
KPMG has a structured training program that all graduates, independent of their business unit, will participate in as well as business specific training. All graduates are encouraged to participate in further KPMG learning and development programmes to develop their careers. For more information, refer to Learning & Development.
Does KPMG support post graduate studies?
Yes. We strongly encourage our people to undertake relevant professional post-graduate study. We provide a range of support including study leave, exam leave, financial assistance and in-house training. For further information, visit CPA/ACA Program, Postgraduate studies, and other qualifications.
Do I need an accounting background to apply?
No. KPMG is open to all bright minds from all degree disciplines.
Do I need to have work experience to apply?
No, however, we ask that you include all prior work experience in your application, including casual or part-time positions held.
I have already graduated – can I still apply?
Yes, you are still eligible to apply for our Graduate Program. We recruit graduates with some work experience as well as people who are taking gap years or pursuing postgraduate courses. If you have substantial work experience, please visit the Experienced professionals section.
Can I become a Chartered Accountant without an accounting degree?
KPMG supports non-accounting students through relevant study to meet the required prerequisites for the CPA/ACA Program.