14. You and KPMG.
A Recipe for a Great Summer.
What do you get when you start with 2 months of interesting
client work, mix in some new friends, and top it off with a
gourmet food ﬁght? If you are Saira Kanakalil, an intern at KPMG’s
Montréal ofﬁce, you’ve got the makings of one amazing summer.
or this third-year Concordia In May, Saira packed her bags for a
F Commerce student, the summer
of 2008 was set to be a very busy
one. Saira was not only interning at
KPMG training session at Mont Gabriel,
a resort north of Montréal. The 3-day
event was designed to prepare the
KPMG, but also signed up for summer interns for the summer ahead, with
classes in advanced ﬁnancial topics ranging from KPMG values to
accounting. “At ﬁrst, I was nervous that roles and responsibilities, to how to
it was going to be too much to juggle,
” interact with clients. “I liked that it was
Saira told FIT. “But the ﬁrm was really really interactive. We had two managers
supportive and right from the start my come in and role-play with us about
manager sat down with me and worked how to handle different client situations.
out a schedule that accommodated my One manager would pretend to be
exams and major papers.
” really difﬁcult or speak in a really quiet
28. C ommitted to Our
Building valuable relationships in the
communities where we live and work
One of KPMG’s core values is that we are committed
to our communities, and with almost 5,000 people
in 32 ofﬁces across the country, we are in a position
to make a real difference in the cities and towns in
which we do business. From volunteering and
fundraising, to “greening” our ofﬁce space, KPMG
people are getting out, getting involved, and having
some serious fun while they’re at it. Check out
some of these cool initiatives that our local ofﬁces
have been up to over the past year!
When an invasive species is taking over and smothering BC’s
natural vegetation, it’s time to call in the GVA summer interns
to help out. Working with Ivy Busters, part of the Stanley Park
Ecology Society, 35 interns got involved, removing invasive
species from Burnaby Lake Park, making it safe once again for
native plants to grow. The group then celebrated their victory
over the eco-intruders with a game of Ultimate Frisbee.
Last summer, 33 people from KPMG’s Regina office
Calgary traded in their laptops for tool belts and took part in
a Habitat for Humanity build. Never ones to shy away
March and April is a very busy season for KPMG people (can you say from hard work, the team was swinging hammers,
tax time?), and sometimes you need a little treat to get you through the hanging drywall, and insulating the attic. Three of the
day. That’s why each year KPMG’s Calgary office runs a Juvenile more handy KPMGers even got together and built a
Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) “store” on each floor of the downtown veranda at the front of the house. Those who
office. The stores run on the honour system and staff can drop in at any weren’t so versed in home improvement did
time to buy snacks, with all proceeds going to JDRF. This year, the store their part by picking up brushes and painting
raised almost $2,500 in funds. That’s some hungry accountants! their hearts out.
31. Business Basics
For men, some
1 At least one good suit. Black, dark grey, or navy.
2 Grey or tan trousers. Neutral pants work well
with almost all colours of shirts and jackets.
Dress for Success 3 Dress shirts. White or light colours, or even
Without the Stress stripes, all work well with suits and blazers.
4 Dress shoes in black or brown. To keep them
Today’s smart companies recognize the value of looking new, pick up some shoe polish for quick
letting people express their individuality while still touch-ups.
presenting a business face to clients. For example,
KPMG has a “Dress for the Occasion” policy, which
5 Striped or small-patterned ties. Bold ties can work,
but make sure they are a good ﬁt. You want people to
means just what it says—KPMG people consider remember you, not your tie.
where they’ll be going and who they’ll be meeting in
the course of the day and dress accordingly. If you
are in the ofﬁce all day, business-casual attire works. With work-wear policies, like KPMG’s “Dress for the
If you are heading to a client site, consider that Occasion,” dressing for work can be fun. However you
organization’s culture and dress code. When you are accomplish it, ﬁnding good-ﬁtting, appropriate fashions that
not sure, remember that it is always better to be work without worry will get you out the door and let you
overdressed than underdressed. concentrate on what’s really important your new career!
Choose attire that gives you conﬁdence and comfort,
but always remember to maintain a professional For women, here are some
image. For women, this could mean well-cut suits,
tailored tops, sensible shoes (leave the 4-inch heels wardrobe quick starters:
at home), and light makeup. Casual alternatives
include sweater sets, turtlenecks, and skirts or well-
1 A good black pantsuit. Straight-leg
trousers and a classic jacket that can be
cut pants. Jewellery is a great way to bring your
worn together or as separates.
personal style through, as long as it doesn’t
overwhelm. Avoid clothing that is too tight 2 Dress pants in a neutral colour. Maybe one solid
or shows too much skin. pair, another with a pinstripe or subtle plaid pattern.
For men, a conservative suit and tie, matching
3 Button-up shirts. Look for ones with a little stretch;
they are more comfortable and reduce the need for
socks, and dress shoes are always a safe bet. ironing (always a plus!).
For non-meeting days, casual shirts with collars,
golf shirts, sport jackets, or sweater vests are all 4 A skirt. Knee-length in a neutral colour that you can
acceptable. The key is to look put-together and pair with brighter tops.
casual, but never sloppy.
5 A more casual jacket (not denim) in your favourite colour.
6 Shoes that mean business. A pair of good-looking
pumps or boots.
These items can be mixed and matched to create the basis
for a great professional wardrobe. Accessories are a fun
way to incorporate the latest trends without breaking the
bank. Let your own style shine through with colourful
scarves, bold necklaces, and cool coats.