KPMGKPMG’s Karma Besley gives advice on CVs to students Chinaka Chuksemeka and Kassandra Jean-Baptiste.

Students had the chance to get some top advice on job interviews and recruitment when they took part in workshops run by financial giant KPMG.

Around 200 students joined in a series of employability workshops with the global company at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL).

Staff from KPMG, which specialises in audit, tax and advisory services, gave an overview of the business before giving presentations and running activities to improve students’ job prospects.

This included an introduction to networking, pitching yourself in a job interview, a Q&A with new recruits to the company, the recruitment process and personal presentation skills.

Accountancy pre-apprentices Chinaka Chuksemeka and Valarie Dube were among those who attended the workshops.

Chinaka, 22, said: “It was interesting to hear how they got to where they are at KPMG and know what they are looking for, and learning how to communicate that better and improve your CV.

“It’s been really helpful in preparing myself for what to expect and practising towards interviews.”

Valarie, 21, said: “There was a lot of good advice and tips, particularly on interview skills and little things you can do to make yourself stand out to make employers think that is something difference when you actually go for a job.”

The event also saw the presentation of certificates to three students, Kassandra Jean-Baptiste, 23, Pradesh Roujee, 19, and Atilla Polgar, 31, who had achieved top marks in modules on their accounting courses.

KPMGClockwise from bottom left: Students discuss employability skills with staff from KPMG; Students Kassandra Jean-Baptiste, Pradesh Roujee, and Atilla Polgar, with their accounting certificates.

KPMG has 144 offices worldwide and boasts clients including Shell, BMW, BP Visa, GlaxoSmithKline, HSBC, Nationwide, Deutche Bank, Liverpool FC and Symantec.

The company encourages staff to take time off to undertake either charity or voluntary work in the community as part of its corporate social responsibility programme.

Kara Bala, Information Management Assistant at KPMG, who led one of the workshops, said: “As a company, we’re very big on taking on non-graduates including school and college leavers and getting them into work early.

“Some students may see jobs like ours as not accessible, but we’re here to prove that with the right preparation and employability skills they are within their reach. They are tomorrow’s workforce and some of them could be the next high flyers in business finance.

“This has been about improving their confidence when they are applying for jobs, and showing if they are passionate and believe in themselves they can achieve anything they want to achieve.”


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