It’s Official: I just completed my first year at KPMG.

I started Oct 9th, 2017.

It’s been a remarkable year of achieving goals, fear and everything in between. Here are the key things I’ve taken away from my experience so far.

Imposter Syndrome. 

When I first started, I was sure they’d come to realize that I’d pulled a fast one on them. They’d see that I wasn’t good or competent enough to work there.

‘Star Syndrome’ with a reasonable hint of humility.

Fast forward one year, I performed just as well as any other associate in my class. I worked on some of the biggest engagements in the Atlanta Office. I certainly deserve to be here.

However, by virtue of my being very hard on myself and pushing my limits, I’m very aware of the fact that I only know so very little. Thus my quest for knowledge and self-improvement will continue.

Do I have any advice for the new grads starting out in their careers?

I absolutely do not! 🤷🏾‍♂️

No advice I read or heard made me feel any better while I grappled with my doubts. Your epiphanies will come when they come.

In the meantime, live your best life outside of work – time flies, work is a given and you can never give or receive enough love.


The views expressed by the author are their own and not that of their employer or other party.


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