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Digital Academy brings young energy and innovative thinking to KPMG

Digital Academy brings innovative thinking to KPMG

The first KPMG Digital Academy was launched in Helsinki on November 28.

The first KPMG Digital Academy was launched in Helsinki on November 28.

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Matias Peltomäki and his mentor our CEO Kimmo Antonen learn from each other during the Digital Academy.

KPMG Digital Academy is unique

The Digital Academy is a new two-year graduate program for master students who have interest in technology.

— It’s a unique way of combining mentoring, training and traineeship periods to academic studies, Sonja Manninen, Talent Acquisition Lead responsible for the Academy, says.

Chance to tailor one's academic path

12 students were selected to the Academy through an open application process. They represent a variety of academic backgrounds ranging from economics to data analyses and human technology interaction.  

— The program gives students a chance to tailor their academic paths according to their interests, and explore the latest work life and technological trends before graduation, Sonja lists the benefits of the Academy.

Learn from the KPMG management team

During the Academy, the participants will learn from the KPMG management team and other professionals.

Kimmo Antonen, CEO of KPMG Finland, will be mentoring Matias Peltomäki, a master student in Finance at Hanken.

— The Academy is a two-way learning opportunity. We will not only share our knowledge as mentors but also learn from the youth. They have the kind of mindset we are looking for, Kimmo says.

— Although it’s intellectual capital we sell, our business is more and more technology driven in all service areas. Technological understanding is relevant in everything we do, whether it’s about Advisory, Audit or Cyber Security services.

Matias is looking forward to the training opportunities

Matias is looking forward to the opportunities offered by the training program.

— I’m excited to combine my academic studies into practical work life training, as well as meeting new people with different areas of expertise. 

The kick-off day included planning of individual learning paths, mentoring and networking – and being creative as a team. The participants made a piece of communal art together at the end of the day, letting their brains relax and creativity fly free. 

Matias expects the opportunities offered by the program
Matias expects the opportunities offered by the program

Fresh innovative thinking to KPMG

Miia Saarinen, a law student at the University of Helsinki, was positively surprised by the reception at KPMG.

— The best thing about the day was how warmly and openly we were received, both by the mentors and by the entire KPMG team. I feel they appreciate us being here and believe in each and every one of us.

— In return, I wish we can bring energy and fresh, innovative thinking to KPMG, Miia says and summarizes well the very essence of the Digital Academy.