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Scarlett Clayson

Audit Assistant, KPMG in the Crown Dependencies

Age 19

Education Jersey College for Girls

Courses Biology, Economics and Psychology

What did you want to be when you were 8 years old? 

A wedding planner

Favourite way to relax Getting my nails done

Favourite place to eat in Jersey Caffe Ristorante Italia

Favourite possession My Uggs

What made you choose to work for KPMG? 

As soon as I considered applying for a role in finance, KPMG immediately came to mind as the perfect place to start a career. The firm’s prestigious reputation and global reach made it an obvious first choice. KPMG have allowed me to work in a nurturing environment while supporting me with gaining my professional qualification to become a chartered accountant.

What professional training have you done? 

I have so far completed five exams towards my ACCA qualification. At KPMG you receive a tremendous amount of support from both the firm and BPP Professional Education. This can mean extra sessions from a tutor or support with how to deal with exam stress. Working while also doing your professional education is an amazing opportunity – as I progress with my exams, I can apply the skills and knowledge learnt at college in my job.

What do you do on an average day? 

Every day is different! At KPMG you get to work with a diverse range of teams and clients. My average day consists of client catchups, assisting the team with test work and other tasks like coaching newer audit assistants. At KPMG you also get the opportunity to work from the client’s office, giving you an amazing opportunity to communicate directly with clients and build on your relationships. We are always doing extra training sessions – whether online or in person – which really helps boost technical skills and keeps your knowledge up to date.

What is your next step? 

My next step is to continue working towards my professional qualification, as I hope to become a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants within the next few years. At KPMG you are also given incredible opportunities to be seconded to another member firm across the network once qualified. This is something I am eager to pursue, as it means you get to travel the world whilst working!

What advice would you give yourself as a graduate considering the experience you have now? 

My best advice would be to have more confidence in starting work straight after A-levels. At the time it felt daunting choosing this path instead of university, but I have made amazing friends at KPMG and haven’t felt like I have missed out at all. At KPMG you are given so much support from the moment you join, which really eased my mind and helped me progress quickly in the firm. Working whilst doing exams can be tricky, but if you keep asking questions and reach out when you’re stuck, everyone at KPMG is more than happy to give you guidance. You always have a large support network, from other audit assistants up to managers.


As one of the largest professional services firm in the world, KPMG can offer unrivalled opportunities for graduates, school leavers and career changers wishing to train in chartered accountancy or tax. Working at KPMG in the Crown Dependencies means excellent support and training from day one. Our close-knit teams provide an opportunity to take on early responsibility, work with fascinating clients and gain invaluable industry experience. You’ll develop relationships

built on credibility and trust with clients across a wide range of sectors and you’ll get to the heart of how they work and what challenges they face.


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