Field Trip to KPMG
By Monica Lepper
On Friday March 7, a large group of seniors who are currently taking economics went on a field trip/job shadow day to KPMG which is an accounting firm downtown. The purpose of this field trip was to show the Seton seniors what a typical day is like in a business. They loaded the busses up a little before 10 am and stayed until around 1 pm. The students started the day off with a tour of a typical office floor, all the way on floor 34. After the tour, two employees that work as auditors at KPMG talked about their job and what it entails. They explained that they go to businesses and make sure that all of the money and sales being added up are the correct amount; they are not sitting in a cubical all day.
The second group of people that spoke about their occupation was IT specialists. They described how they work on many different things on computers. They focus mostly on making sure the systems at other stores and businesses such as Target are good and safe. As an example, they used the recently hacked systems at Target explaining that they cannot actually prevent that, but they can at least try and reduce the likeliness of that happening all of the time.
Finally accountants at KPMG spoke to the seniors about taxes. Most people know that taxes are a compulsory contribution to state revenue, levied by the government on workers’ income and business profits or added to the cost of some goods, services, and transactions according to google. The accountants explained that taxes can be more than that when you have funds, bonds, dependents and so forth. Tax specialists mostly work on doing taxes and are primarily busy between January and March. After all of the employees spoke, the girls did a tax game where they tried to fill out an example of a tax form. All in all, this field trip showed that a typical office job is not always as boring as meets the eye. Senior Sydney Schultz who attended this field trip said “It’s not just an average job, it’s more interesting than I thought it would be. Even though it was interesting, this field trip confirmed that I definitely want to be a nurse and this type of job is not for me.”