Strategy & Transformation,
Liam’s double degree in arts gave him a different way of thinking about solutions, leading to working across many industries with the Deloitte consulting team since joining as a graduate.
After finishing uni in Canberra, I thought I’d end up going into government until I started to look into consulting. The work has been across education, trade, COVID relief initiatives, bushfire relief and trade. There’s been a lot of work where I’ve felt I’m helping Australian’s who have been most impacted in recent times.
The Canberra team is so varied; people come from different backgrounds and have different experiences they bring to projects. It’s easy to catch up with everyone with regular time in the office and time at the client’s office. We’re a fast-growing team, progression is a path to different experiences and responsibilities, and there’s an active social element to our work which I enjoy.
My experience so far is that I’ve had training sessions every couple of weeks since throughout the grad program. When I transitioned to consulting, I received further training and even led some myself. This is naturally linked to some of my work with clients, delivering training and workshops for clients.
Thinking of joining Deloitte?
Deloitte provides options; you meet people working across projects and different business units, it gives you exposure to other specialities. Others I know who work in other industries don’t get that. It’s unparalleled in experience building.
Audit & Assurance Audit
Audit & Assurance
Working in the Canberra Audit team for the past 3.5 years since joining as a grad hasn’t limited Dana’s exposure to client work. From Canberra, she works with clients in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and even America at times. Dana is also progressing the profession as part of the young global Deloitte audit forum, which contributes to improvements in audit practices at Deloitte, integration across the Asia Pacific and enacting change in process improvements.
Joining as a grad and the work
I’d heard of Deloitte and other firms whilst studying at the University of Canberra and the long hours and tough culture. Still, it wasn’t until I spoke to friends working at Deloitte that I got an indication of the type of work and actual culture. For me, Deloitte offers the ability to work in forensics, audit, assurance and other types of consulting. When I think back to joining as a graduate, I’ve really grown more confident at Deloitte, and it’s brought my personality out at work.
There are so many opportunities. You can change areas of specialisation, or move interstate or countries even. Partners support you in achieving your goals, and the range of work and what you learn feels like double the learning I would get in the industry.
Social life and sport
We have an active social club in the office that takes us on different adventures and matches a wide range of interests and activities. I’m also active in my sporting life playing in a local soccer team which I train with twice a week, and we compete in the local league, which I love.
Considering joining Deloitte?
I tell people they have nothing to lose, the experience is so valuable, and the people you work with will open your eyes up to areas of interest you didn’t know existed.
Paul Curwell, Director in Deloitte's Financial Advisory Forensic practice.
Hi Paul, tell us about yourself and your role at Deloitte and the work you do?
I’m a Director in Deloitte’s Forensic practice. I help clients develop capabilities and undergo digital transformation in the intelligence and investigative analytics domain, in areas like insider threats, personnel security, financial intelligence, open-source intelligence and associated fields.
I also do work with our commercial clients in the financial sector, particularly in relation to conducting complex money laundering / terrorist financing investigations and complex due diligence investigations.
Outside of work, Deloitte has supported me to co-author a book (Terrorist Diversion, Routledge) published in 2021 and lecturing at university.
Why did you want to join our Deloitte team in Canberra?
I’ve worked in both professional services and in-house roles in industry throughout my career. I'd spent a number of years in an executive role in banking and in late 2016, I was ready for a change.
Moving back into consulting meant I had a chance to work across multiple industry sectors and effectively be my own boss as I built out my practice. As I looked around the market, I found Deloitte was very different to our competitors: the culture is very entrepreneurial, anyone from graduate up is encouraged to build their own business, and it's very tech-focused, we're not just a big 4 audit firm.
“I enjoy variety, working with clients on interesting problems, and working with a committed and engaged team who is passionate about what they do.”
I worked in Deloitte’s Sydney office for about 4 years before moving into the Canberra team in late 2020. For me, relocating to Canberra was about increasing my professional opportunities, and being able to transfer the skills I have learnt over the past decade in financial services into government as agencies look to refresh their technologies and operational practices.
What excites you most about working here at Deloitte?
Our continued growth trajectory is intertwined with our culture. We're the first big 4 firm to have a technologist as our CEO. Our mindset is entrepreneurial, people-led and technology-enabled. And, we're increasingly developing cross-business service offerings that solve a client's problem end to end., rather than in pieces. Smaller firms just don't have this capability.
What inspires you about the career opportunities here?
Consulting can be tough, with the workload often going through peaks and troughs. However, what makes it rewarding is the ability to work on projects that interest me and things that matter for clients. I'm free to largely pick the sort of work and clients I want to pursue in areas that interest me and to learn and develop as my field evolves. In previous in-house roles, I've felt constrained around what I could do and how I could develop as the direction was set by my employer, rather than the market and what customers want like what you get here in professional services.
"If you're someone who is proactive, enjoys a challenge, and wants to apply what they have learned whilst developing and growing, Deloitte is a great place to be."
My field is evolving very fast – the global threat landscape is changing, new regulation is coming, and technology and advances in data science mean we can do things only dreamt of before. Additionally, related areas like cybersecurity are converging quickly. This presents a whole raft of challenges which Deloitte is well-positioned to address, and which also provide great opportunities for me to learn, develop and work with a bunch of interesting people.
From his passion for coding, Alex has adapted his skills and expertise into a career with us in data analytics. Moving into professional services has opened the door to more opportunities, new programming tools, and a diverse set of new challenges.
My name is Alex Hatch, and I am a Senior Analyst within Canberra's Risk Advisory Practice. I work closely with data under the Regulatory and Compliance Operational Unit and assist projects requiring analytics or process optimisation.
The work that gets me most excited is around process improvement. Working with both private and public sectors clients, there's been ample opportunity to find new ways and develop the core building blocks to a solution that can scale for big impact, which is really exciting.
Your path to us
I'd come from working as a contractor and really enjoyed the exposure that having diverse clients and projects brought. In thinking about my next career move, I wanted something that would help me grow into a better solutions provider.
I had previously worked with a high-performer in the banking sector who referred me to Deloitte. When she talked about the people here, describing the team as driven, I knew it was the place I wanted to be.
People & culture
Before joining the team, my impression of professional services and Deloitte was as an ultra-competitive place. Having been a part of the team here, I can say that it's a culture designed to nourish and help individuals grow within, not create pressure to succeed.
I've enjoyed the opportunity and freedom to organise and run social events. Coming into a team with a lot of technical people, it has been great to bring people together through social events for more fun and interactivity in the office.
Deloitte has a lot of really smart people, and since working here, I've learnt so much from everyone. It is an inspiring place to work because of the calibre of the people. If you find yourself breaking boundaries and excelling past the people around you then Deloitte is the place for you!
Tech Strategy & Transformation,
Ann is a Senior Manager in Deloitte Canberra’s Technology Strategy and Transformation practice focusing on government and public service clients.
I’ve been with Deloitte for some time now, joining Technology Strategy and Transformation in 2012 (with the team being known under a few different names in this time!)
I started with Deloitte in Sydney and moved to Canberra about 5 years ago. Since being here in Canberra, I’ve been fortunate to work on several large scale transformation programs with our Federal government clients.
I get to work on some of the most complex programs that relate to translating public policy into a program for implementation. We help our clients shape and design that, with our team working in a truly blended way our clients.
Life in Canberra
I moved to Canberra to focus on my studies and complete my thesis at ANU. Coming to Canberra has been a very different change, most notably for the pace of work and life here.
Coming from a busy work environment, I particularly enjoy my quiet time here with family and friends and having the ability to focus and concentrate to put a lot of effort into my thesis.
Outside of work, I enjoy reading and photography. And, for when we’re allowed to again, I love travelling (and photographing my travels). For now, I am keeping myself busy exploring the places around me, and now with springtime here in Canberra, the cherry blossoms are amazing.
I’ve grown a lot here. Working in Consulting, a lot of it is about building relationships and understanding and being able to sense what’s going on to drive things forward both with your team and with your client. Thinking back to when I started here, I was nowhere as confident as that back then.
One of the great things that I really appreciate about this firm is the opportunities I’ve had to grow and learn and the people who have been there and are coaching me. They’ve seen the growth in me; becoming more confident, constantly looking for challenges and doing different things that I’ve never done before, and pushing myself outside of my comfort zone.
I was fortunate enough to be part of the Inspiring Women program in 2018, which connects you to a network of talented women across the firm. Being able to get to know others and forming relationships across the breadth and width of the firm, and having the opportunity to learn on common issues and challenges we can navigate together. In the program, we also shape our own individual projects that matter to ourselves and connect to the firm.
Seeing myself from being very shy, feeling almost invisible, to standing in front of the firm talking about the program, advocating for individuals from different cultural backgrounds, and sharing my experience has definitely been one of my biggest highlights. I’m really grateful to be able to have those opportunities.
Making an impact
There’s a purpose to the work you do here. You can see yourself as part of that impact and know that your work actually makes a difference. For example, it’s been rewarding to work on programs that help vulnerable citizens in our society. I was moved to work on a national action plan on domestic violence to deliver a real impact.
Seeing how my work, and that of the teams, contribute to making a difference in communities and people across the nation is really rewarding. Seeing work through to implementation and measuring the outcomes on something that makes a difference is one of the best things you can do.
Dan Karmolinski, Data Analytics Manager in Risk Advisory, Canberra.
Dan is Manager of Data Analytics within our Risk Advisory business. In his role, Dan and his team work closely with clients to provide reporting and governance solutions around their reporting requirements.
Welcome Dan, tell us a bit about yourself and what inspires you.
I am originally from America, but I consider Australia home, having moved here in my early teens and living in Canberra during this time.
I am very passionate about technology, and most of my career has revolved around tech. Before joining Deloitte, I had been a public servant for 10 years. I’m a passionate worker, and to feel fulfilled in my career and pushed to reach my full potential is important to me.
How did you first hear about working at Deloitte?
I was at a friend’s barbeque, where I was introduced to someone who also worked in data analytics. The way they spoke about data was the same way I felt, and they recommended I meet their boss. I’d usually said no, but I thought I would give it a go this time.
After researching and asking around for opinions, with the amount of positive feedback I had heard about Deloitte, I decided to make the jump, and I haven’t regretted it once.
You’d heard some interesting stories about working here, what’s been your experience?
Before I had made the move, the public servants I worked with all warned me that Deloitte (all of the private sector) was a very big shark tank and if you didn’t hit the ground running, being a natural at consulting, that they would fire you and not think twice.
I had also been warned that Deloitte works their staff hard for results. I have found things to be the opposite of all the warnings I received, and that Deloitte is very supportive and thrives in helping you to succeed, and in my opinion, the way management takes care of their people inspires hard work.
Well-being is prioritised, and management often rewards staff for their work. There are also extra benefits such as training, rewards to spend on living in a COVID world, and team events and activities to ensure we can do our job and feel valued. It’s a great culture to be a part of.
Digital & Technology Risk,
Emilie Richter, Senior Manager in Risk Advisory, Canberra.
Hi Emilie. You’d moved both industry and interstate before joining us. Tell us about that experience.
I moved from Melbourne in 2019, joining Deloitte in Canberra – it was quite a leap, not just moving cities but also making a career change from working in Financial Services.
I was motivated and enthused to challenge myself in a different role, and I have zero regrets. I have led teams in ways I never would have thought myself capable of and work with some really fantastic clients. I honestly find it a privilege to work with Deloitte.
Also, as an outdoor enthusiast, Canberra has quite a lot to offer!
There are many preconceptions about work in the big 4 and at Deloitte – what have you found?
Having spent some time working in industry, it wasn’t uncommon for consultants to have a bad reputation. You know, only being in it for the money or lacking an understanding of the business etc.
Joining Deloitte, I’ve been completely blown away – it’s been a complete contradiction! The values and culture were clear when I started: our clients, and the problems or opportunities they face, are our primary focus. I come to work every day to solve complex problems, and I get to build strong teams around me that want to do the same.
Tell us about some of the work you’re involved in.
I am currently working on a project that literally encapsulates making an impact that matters. Go and google it: the Drought Resilience Self-Assessment Tool.
I pinch myself regularly that I get to be part of an extremely talented, multi-disciplinary Deloitte team working with the Federal Government in such a critical space. I mean, where else would you get to work on building something that can have a real-world impact, and what better outcome than trying to support Australian farmers in the face of our global fight against climate change?
How have you seen your career development supported here at Deloitte?
People are such a critical part of Deloitte and how its values come to life. There is a whole range of opportunities to learn and hone your skills!
In my relatively short time here, I’ve participated in a number of development programs. Outside of the milestone programs (associated with promotions into leadership roles), I was recently nominated to join the ‘Ignite’ leadership program. This program has been reflective, and it’s been uplifting – in a time when we’re all struggling with so much uncertainty, it has reminded me of what’s important and how I can be a better leader for those around me.
What’s some advice you could share with someone contemplating a career with us?
If you like variety, enjoy solving problems and want to work with creative and supportive teams, then working for Deloitte is definitely for you.
From a Canberra office perspective, working with Federal Government, you are guaranteed to support projects that hit the core of government operations – you get insights into some of the government priorities and work in partnership with our public service to help drive improved outcomes.
In Risk Advisory, we strive to help our clients navigate digital transformation and provide strategic advice on risk, policy, and regulation. There is never a dull moment, and facilitating positive discussions about risk means our clients can focus on their performance and the opportunities that lie ahead.
Not to mention that being a part of a global organisation means international reach – whether that’s for leveraging expertise, sharing knowledge or even work opportunities (global pandemics aside!)
Our people & culture
We’re inspired individuals from all walks of life.
We’re a team of individuals, bringing different backgrounds and points of view to work every day. This is the secret of our success.
Our shared values are at the heart of everything we do. Living these values, which include ‘taking care of each other’ and ‘fostering inclusion’, is essential to ensuring everyone feels included at work and able to reach their full potential.
For us to succeed and thrive as an organisation, we understand the importance of creating a culture where diverse perspectives matter and where everyone is given an equal opportunity to grow and develop.
We are fortunate to have a wonderfully diverse team at Deloitte, and it is important we continue to celebrate and harness the power of our diverse skills, attributes, experiences, and backgrounds.
Our purpose to make an impact that matters extends beyond our Firm, to contribute to driving change in society for inclusion and belonging for everyone.
Hear from our people
”I joined Deloitte because I believed in the people, the values, and the aspirations of the firm. I saw that it aligned with my own personal values, and it could provide me the opportunity to continue to help people, to problem solve, and continue to feel a sense of purpose about my work.”
Partner, Financial Advisory
Make an impact
Go further based on your own specialities, interests and experience.
At Deloitte, our purpose is to make an impact that matters. We are driven by our desire to create positive outcomes for our clients, communities, and people. Everything we do is with intent - the intent to make a meaningful difference.
Supported by a strong leadership team, and member firms from over 150 countries across the globe, Deloitte Australia is in the business of solving complex problems. Innovation is the oxygen that powers us, enabling us to embrace the unknown, the chaos, the mayhem, because we know this is where the magic can happen.
Today's environment of accelerating change requires creative problem-solving generated by the fusion of different disciplines. Deloitte’s multi-dimensional approach addresses the breadth of perspective needed to deliver breakthrough solutions. We connect the talents of more than 310,000 professionals and our IP and technology alliances–collaborating to drive impact.
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”It’s been rewarding to work on programs that help vulnerable citizens in our society. I was moved to work on a national action plan on domestic violence to deliver a real impact.”
Senior Manager, Consulting - Technology Strategy & Transformation
Flexible ways of working
Providing all our people with access to flexible ways of working.
At Deloitte, we have reimagined what ‘work’ looks like. Founded on concepts of trust, balance, wellbeing and the importance of personal connection, the Deloitte Experience (DX) empowers our people to make choices about where they work based on their client, team and individual needs and how they connect with their clients and each other.
Our market-leading flexible work policy now includes 12 flexible working options, including wellbeing days, cultural leave, and allowing our people to shape their working day outside of the traditional 9-to-5!
Check out the video from the launch of our new DX and what this means for all of us at Deloitte Australia.
You can learn more about our flexibility at Deloitte through our Deloitte Experience (DX) here.
Be part of a truly global firm where you can accelerate your future.
At Deloitte, we’re on the lookout for inspired people from all walks of life.
Once you’re here, we won’t determine your path. Your experience is unique – and your career should be too. Go further based on your own specialities, interests and experience.
We’ll help you reach your potential with differentiated learning experiences that you can follow at your own pace. With access to meaningful projects and networks of experts, you’ll learn more while putting your experience to work.
See your talents applied to the fastest growing and most complex region in the world, as you work to make an impact across Asia Pacific. We’ll connect you to projects that cross borders and the status quo while you collaborate with exceptional minds across the region.
You’ll stay ahead too, with access to industry-leading professional development programs that pull from the best in global experiences. We’ll help you along your career journey, no matter what form it takes.
Hear from our people
”Partners are supportive of you achieving your goals and the range of work and what you learn feels like double the learning I would get in industry.”
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