Name: Christina Bohm, 26
Degree: Management and accountancy, University of Uppsala, Sweden, Pass with distinction, 2004
Occupation: Business foundation programme trainee, KPMG
What do you do in your job?
I am on the business-foundation programme, which means I do two years as a trainee and rotate through four six-month placements. I was placed in audit at the beginning and now I am in the corporate social responsibility (CSR) department. Within CSR I work on a lot of different projects; I help manage our continuous volunteer programme where staff are given time during work hours to do volunteer work. I manage the relationship between the volunteers and the schemes that we have in place.
What was your motivation in applying?
I knew I wanted to get into some sort of business consultancy but didn’t know exactly which field, so I thought this programme would be a really good opportunity to try different things and figure out what I wanted to do. It is a big firm with a good name and has all the benefits that come along with that, such as excellent social life and good salary.
What did the application process involve?
I did an online application and an online verbal and numerical reasoning test. I was called down for a first interview with HR and then the last step was an assessment day. The great thing about KPMG was how quick they were at getting back to you. I never had to wait more than 24 hours for a response at each stage.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I really enjoy the fact that I get to move around, because I love learning new things. Within CSR I enjoy the creativity of picking up new ideas and seeing what can we do with them. Seeing projects through from the initial concept to implementing new programmes is very satisfying.
Most challenging part of the job?
Starting something new every six months is exhausting. You are on such a steep learning curve and have six months to learn everything in the department. You just get to know everybody and what you are doing and then you have to pack up your stuff and move again.
At the moment I really enjoy it. There is nothing that I don’t like about my job.
Advice to readers considering a career in your field:
Try and keep an open mind. When you are at university you may think that you know what you want to do with your life but don’t close yourself off to any opportunities that might arise