DIT College of Business student Michelle Murphy shares her tax intern experience at KPMG

11 July 2018

Michelle Murphy, 3rd year BSc. Business and Management student at DIT College of Business shares her experience on the Irish Tax Institute Blog is currently of her work placement at KPMG Dublin.

Business and Accounting were my favourite subjects in secondary school so the Business and Management degree in DIT was an obvious choice for me because of the sheer diversity of the modules it offered.The 5-month placement option in third year made the course very attractive as I knew it would be a great opportunity to apply my learning to a real business environment and to gain new experiences. Third year was also my first introduction to the Taxation module which covered Income Tax computations and basic VAT legislation. It was completely different to all the other subjects I had studied, and I really enjoyed the module.  I realized that work experience in a Taxation department would enhance my understanding of Tax and assist me with the more advanced modules in fourth year.

When preparing for my placement interviews, I researched the Big Four Companies and KPMG stood out for winning the award for being the ’Most Popular Graduate Employer’ and ‘Best Graduate Training and Development Program’. I knew when I went for my interview for KPMG Dublin that they had three main departments: Audit, Tax & Advisory.  My interview gave me a great first impression of KPMG. Every person I had spoken to was so kind and helpful and even in the interview the two interviewers showed a perfect balance of professionalism and friendliness.

Much to my delight KPMG offered me a placement in the Financial Services Tax department. It is an excellent introduction to life in a professional environment and their Buddy System along with a really supportive manager helped me settle in very quickly. My day to day tasks are assigned by the seniors and managers and it has given me time to learn all the basics and to carry out these tasks efficiently and effectively. Our initial training included several workshops covering IT skills and team building and there was much emphasis on ensuring we settled into the KPMG team. I was lucky enough to be placed in the Financial Services Tax Department where I am getting the opportunity to manage the compliance obligations of some of the world’s biggest Aircraft Leasing companies.

There is a fantastic social side to working in KPMG as there are nights out arranged every week along with regular department lunches. Their dedicated social committeearrange many social events which are so enjoyable, they are a great way to get to know people and it creates a lovely office atmosphere. We also had a very worthwhile day helping the maintenance team in St. Michael’s House in Ballymun with the KPMG Corporate Social Responsibility program.

I love working in the KPMG Financial Services Tax Department and I really appreciate the chance to work with such a high calibre group of people. It is a fantastic training ground for me. Getting this experience at such an early stage of my career will stand to me and it makes me more determined to work hard in my final year and hopefully re-join KPMG and complete my tax and accountancy exams. 

See here to read more stories of careers in tax on the Irish Tax Institute Blog

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