Wanda graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne in 2006. Wanda joined KPMG’s Corporate Finance practice in 2007 as a graduate, working in the Valuations team.
I applied to Corporate Finance because I have a genuine interest in this type of work and wanted to apply what I had learnt in my degree. Having completed vacation work in a different area, I was convinced that I was best suited to Corporate Finance. Furthermore, it was also important to me to maintain a balanced lifestyle.
I would describe my work as fast paced and project based across a broad range of industries.
Valuations work is project based and the nature of the job will depend on the purpose of the valuation. This will vary from conducting a valuation for accounting purposes, to preparing an Independent Expert Report for a merger or acquisition. At the analyst level, an average week will involve conducting industry/company research, basic modelling work and plenty of report writing. Although we are not based at the client’s site, there are many opportunities for client interaction.
Since joining KPMG, I have worked on numerous interesting jobs. If I have to pick one, I would have to choose the upcoming client engagement in Germany and Greece. This engagement will allow me to gain first hand industry experience as well as building rapport with a large international client.
I believe KPMG to be a first choice firm for graduates starting their professional career because it provides a friendly environment suited to individuals who are eager to learn and excel in their career. KPMG will help you build your career through formal internal and external training programs and provides vast support for those completing the CA program. There is also flexibility for you to undertake study in other areas where relevant to your area of work. There are also opportunities to undertake international secondments later in your career.
I am keen to further my skills in valuations work and if the opportunity presents itself, I will consider an international secondment to broader my experience in the international context.
As part of the Corporate Finance graduate program, I participated in the Global Induction Program in Edinburgh. It was a 3-week intensive Corporate Finance training course taken by some of the best professionals in the field. This event brings together over 20 KPMG professionals, enabling them to learn and network together. I have also taken internal business training courses, such as effective business writing and Excel spreadsheet training. I have also undertaken external training with Bloomberg.