Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about our Lift Off Programme.

Frequently asked questions about our Lift Off Programme.

What do you look for in a graduate?

Our standards are high but we're interested in the person, not just an academic record. We're looking for well-rounded applicants – people who are team players, progressive thinkers and can communicate their ideas with passion. People who keep on learning, who want to be leaders in their profession and who want to make a difference. Visit our What we look for page for more information. 


What's the culture like at KPMG?

An organisation's culture can be difficult to define, however ask our people what makes KPMG different and most will tell you the same thing: it's our open and friendly culture. Of course it's also a performance-oriented culture. We recognise the hard work and achievements of our people in many different ways. We understand that talented individuals look to their careers for personal development and fulfilment, not just financial reward.


Why should I apply to take part in your Lift Off program at KPMG?

At KPMG, we can help you to reach your full professional and personal potential in your chosen career path. You can expect to be recognised and rewarded for making progress towards this goal through a range of career benefits that emphasise choice and flexibility.

We'll offer you an attractive salary, career development, a friendly and supportive working environment and many other benefits. You'll be able to stretch yourself intellectually, furthering your professional education and personal development, and taking advantage of opportunities for overseas travel and work experience.

We'll help you to pursue appropriate postgraduate qualifications including financial assistance and study leave. You'll be able to advance your professional standing through a planned program of work experience and in-house learning and development opportunities.


Which program am I eligible for?

No matter what stage of your academic career, KPMG has a programme to suit your needs.

  • Work Shadow program – this program is offered to high school students who are in their last year. 
  • Summer internship – a 10-12 week work placement for college or university undergraduate students.
  • Co-op placement – a program that is designed to meet requirements for students enrolled in cooperative undergraduate degree programs.
  • Graduate Program – permanent employment for university graduates or post-graduates also seeking to study for a professional designation.
  • KPMG Scholarship – offered to students who are generally in their first or second year of college or university, although post-graduates may also apply.


How do I apply?

All applications for any part of our Lift Off program require a:

  • Resume/CV;
  • Cover letter describing your career aspirations and future ambitions;
  • Transcripts from the high school, college or university that you attend(ed);
  • Two written references (character and academic); and
  • Copy of your Bermuda Passport or Permanent Resident’s Certificate.

When you submit an application to take part in the Lift Off Program, these items are to be uploaded to the system when applying. View our selection process for further information on what will happen after you submit an application. Applications for our Graduate Program are considered all year round. Applications for our summer internship should be made by February 28 by submitting an application. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for updates. Scholarship applications can be submitted directly to KPMG or downloaded from Bermuda Scholarships. Applications for the KPMG Scholarships should be made before April 30.


Do you have any tips for completing my application?

It is important to provide us with as much information about yourself as you can, proof read, and be honest in your answers. 


What is your recruitment process like?

Our recruitment process is designed to promote two-way communication between you and KPMG.

You find out about us. We realise that you're considering a variety of career options, so we give you several opportunities throughout our recruitment process to meet our people and discover the benefits of a career with us.

We find out about you. We make a dedicated effort to get to know you as an individual and learn what you can offer our firm.

For further information, see our What we look for section.


What questions will I be asked in an interview?

You will be asked about your life, your time at university, extra-curricular activities and any work experience. Our interview questions are behavioural-based and are related to the skills and behaviours we consider crucial for success at KPMG. 


What will my salary be while in one of the Lift Off programmes?

KPMG salaries are paid at competitive market rates. When you are offered a position you'll receive full details of your remuneration package. It is important to think about not just your salary, but the total rewards you will receive when joining such as salary plus benefits, incentives or bonuses, development and growth opportunities, long term earning potential and career progression. We also provide paid study leave, travel and accommodation for overseas courses, all fees and expenses for examinations and study materials towards your professional designation.


When will I be required to start work?

This will depend upon which program you are interested in (i.e. summer, co-op internships or graduate program). Summer interns generally start in June while co-op placement student’s start dates vary depending on their University course structure. Full-time employees joining the Graduate Program typically start in October or January.


What are your work hours like?

Our standard working week is 36 hours per week. The office hours are Monday to Thursday from 8:30am to 5:00pm, Fridays 8:30am to 4:45pm, with one hour and fifteen minutes for lunch, between 12:45pm to 2:00pm. However, we offer a flexible working system to allow you to better manage any personal commitments around these hours.


When will I hear from KPMG after submitting my application?

We aim to get back to you within a week, however, during peak time from February to April, it may take us a little longer than this due to the volume of applications. Please feel free to Wanda Armstrong.


What training do you offer to your graduates?

KPMG has a structured training program that all graduates, will participate in as well as business specific training. All graduates are encouraged to participate in further KPMG learning and development programs to develop their careers. For more information, refer to Learning & Development page.


Does KPMG support post graduate studies?

Yes. We strongly encourage our people to undertake relevant professional post-graduate studies. We provide a range of support including study leave, exam leave, financial assistance and in-house training. For further information on CPA/ACA Programs, Postgraduate studies, and other qualifications please contact Wanda Armstrong.


Do I need an accounting background to apply?

No, however, we ask that you include all prior work experience in your application, including casual or part-time positions held.


I have already graduated – can I still apply?

Yes, you are still eligible to apply for our Graduate Program and KPMG Scholarships. We recruit graduates with some work experience as well as people who are taking gap years or pursuing postgraduate courses. If you have substantial work experience, please visit the Experienced professionals section.


Can I become a Chartered Accountant without an accounting degree?

KPMG supports non-accounting students through relevant study to meet the required prerequisites for the CPA/ACA programs.