"I was never the craft man. I always preferred thinking abstractly—I used to love playing chess and other strategy-based board games."
"Today I put those skills to use constantly. Abstract thinking creates more room in which to find solutions for clients—and then you build those solutions with numbers."
Marius Milinski, Advisory
As an adviser at KPMG, you will use both your intellectual curiosity and expertise to help clients anticipate and overcome the challenges they are facing and to help them grow. Depending on your focus you could be working on activities on mergers & acquisitions through to valuation and digital transformation services, from improving efficiency and performance through to managing risk and compliance. You will not only advise on the 'how' but also the 'what', then go one step further by helping firms implement the strategies central to their success.
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What do you do?
I work in the advisory department, specifically on International Investment Fund Taxation. Generally speaking, I prepare tax figures for investment funds under a variety of different international investment tax laws.
What are the challenges?
Because tax law is constantly changing, you always need to keep yourself updated, so on-the-go learning and attention to detail are key. Then there are the high-pressure periods when a deadline needs to be met, when you need to work hard and as a team. It gets tough but it’s all the more gratifying when you cross the finish line.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I like the attitude in the office: you have a sense that what’s important is getting the job done, whatever your own particular working method is. It’s a good blend of support and independence — I was given responsibilities from day one, but you’re always part of a team too. I also enjoy that the workplace is very international, so there’s always another language and another perspective. Plus I have the chance to take part in CSR initiatives supporting local charities, which is cool.
What skills do you need?
You need to be precise and to be good with numbers, and it helps if you can think abstractly, too. When you can visualize what’s behind the numbers it becomes easier to make the connections you need, and that helps in finding solutions for clients. My studies in economics, particularly my macro-analytical skills, come in handy a lot by helping draw everything into perspective. It’s also a team-oriented environment so soft skills are key, as is the ability to adapt to continuous change.
"It gets tough but it’s all the more gratifying when you cross the finish line."