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KPMG Learning Academy
An unexpected discovery
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"Oh, I heard you work at KPMG now?" said an
intrigued, yet approving, friend. This kind of
reaction to my new place of work had become
so commonplace over the last few weeks that
it acted as a stark reminder of the huge move
I'd recently made.
"I can't imagine you at a place like that, it's all
tax and accountancy isn't it?" Another
comment caught me off guard and my heart
sank a little. Was the reputation of this global
giant going to follow me around forever?
Smiling, I swiftly changed the subject, but my
friend's comments stayed with me long after
they were made.
I carried them with me throughout my first few
months at the organisation. I had presumed
the work I'd be doing as an Instructional
Designer in the KPMG Learning Academy
(KLA) would be less creative, less fun, less
colourful, less exciting. Surely there's no
escaping the fact that our area of expertise is
technical content - isn't it 'all tax and
accountancy' after all?
But, the best discoveries in life are unexpected.
And just as I was ready to give up any creative
licence to make way for dry, technical writing, it
soon became apparent that my impression
was, in fact, completely wrong. Everywhere I
turn my preconceptions are challenged. My
fear of coming into the firm and the stigma
attached to it soon lifted when I realised that
the KLA, as part of the wider Learning
Solutions team, is working hard to push the
boundaries of how we communicate with
Storytelling is a huge part of the approach to
learning design, a pleasant unexpected
discovery for me as a new joiner to the team.
'Great', I thought. I've always enjoyed reading
and writing stories. But there was more to
discover, as I soon found out that storytelling is
born out of the collaborative, consultative
values that are embodied in all that we do
Creating other worlds
A good story will entertain, but a great story will
resonate on a deeper level and should leave a
reflective and pensive feeling. I'm just about
recovering from the TV event of the year,
BBC's 'Bodyguard' and if you're not, it's likely
that you know someone who is.