Life at Deloitte
Angelo Barr, Bahamas
"My job never gets boring as the environment is constantly changing and there’s always a new challenge to be mastered."
What do you like most about your role?
What I like most about my role is the diversity in the clients I get to interact with. Since I started at Deloitte I have audited a number of clients in various industries and it has opened my eyes to how those industries operate. It has also allowed me to network with other professionals.
What attracted you to Deloitte?
I was encouraged by family and friends to consider Deloitte in my career pursuits as it was one of the leading firms in the profession with well trained professionals. In doing further research, and through my experience I have found this to be true. Deloitte was one of few firms that has an intern programme for college students that is flexible in working with class schedules and offering assistance in pursing the CPA certification. In addition the friendly work environment made working and learning an enjoyable experience.
Describe your day to day role
My day to day role primarily involves understanding the client’s business and needs, communicating with my managers, assisting those working along with me and completing testing. Overall my role allows me to see the entire audit process from client acceptance to the archival of the file. This diversity in roles has helped my development as a competent professional and gives me the ability to work in different capacities.
What else have you been involved in since joining Deloitte?
Since I’ve been at Deloitte I have also been a part of the Social Committee and Junior Achievement Programme. One of the things I like most about Deloitte is the upbeat and family oriented atmosphere. Being a part of the social committee, I was responsible for planning our annual social events such as IMPACT Day, Fun Day, the Christmas party and End of Busy Season Party (to name a few). In addition, I am an advisor for the Junior Achievement Company sponsored by Deloitte. The Programme allows us to prepare students for life after High School by offering tips in applying to colleges, job readiness training, and developing skills necessary to manage a business.
What is Deloitte’s role in your longer term goals?
Deloitte requires all employees to set career goals at the start of each fiscal year. My goal upon completing my Bachelor’s degree was to obtain my CPA and Deloitte was instrumental in this process by offering paid study leave and financial assistance with exam related expenses. Not having to worry about finances while studying was a major help. In addition to exam support, Deloitte is a training employer and so I was able to obtain sufficient hours to apply for my license while working and studying at the same time.
Currently my goal is to gain as much experience in the field as possible and I am certain that Deloitte is the best place to make this happen. Annual training during the summer is mandatory. This is in addition to other learning resources available throughout the year online and abroad. This coupled with the exposure to various clients continue to aid in creating a wealth of experience. In addition, client facing engagements have helped me improve my skills in interacting and communicating with others, skills that are vital for any profession.
What have you enjoyed most?
The thing I have enjoyed most about working at Deloitte is the varied roles that I have been able to work in. I began the firm in the Finance Department and now I am currently in the Audit Department. My job never gets boring as the environment is constantly changing and there’s always a new challenge to be mastered.
Name: Angelo Barr
College Attended: The College of the Bahamas
Degree Completed: Bachelor of Business Administration & Accounting, Certified Public Accountant
Date you joined Deloitte: September 2, 2010 intern program August 6, 2013 Full time