Life at Deloitte

Our people: Amy Potts

Associate in Audit & Assurance

What did you study in college?

I studied Accounting & Finance in DCU, and went on to complete the Masters in Accounting there also.

With this Graduate Programme are you now working in the industry of your choice?

Yes. Although I did not have a specific industry of choice when I started with Deloitte, I have had the opportunity to work across various different industries during my contract. This has allowed me to find my desired industry.

Why did you choose the Deloitte Graduate Programme?

I wanted to become a chartered accountant and the Deloitte Graduate Programme provides the opportunities and support required to gain this professional qualification while allowing you to learn and develop your skillset along the way.

The thing that stood out to me the most about Deloitte during the graduate recruitment campaign was their people. The Deloitte employees I encountered during this time were both approachable and friendly and they were all so positive about the working environment and culture within Deloitte. I then experienced this culture for myself during the interview process, and I felt that it would ultimately be the environment you are working in and the people you are working with every day that will make the experience the most enjoyable one.

As someone who is involved in sport at a high level this was a major factor in my choice of programme. Deloitte’s belief in the importance of work–life balance and flexibility has allowed me to play Gaelic Football for my County alongside working and undertaking professional exams.

What were your first impressions and how easy did you find it to become integrated at Deloitte?

My first impressions were positive as I experienced a very friendly team environment in the office. Everyone was willing to help and provide support when needed and this made me feel a lot more comfortable in the beginning. The many organised events made it easy to get to know people and make friends.

Can you describe a typical day in your role?

A typical day involves working on the audit file to document the progress of the audit from the planning phase, to performing tests on balances in the financial statements, to concluding, and completing these tasks to specific deadlines. I would also be managing the workload and delegating work to more junior members of the team, interacting with clients by email, phone calls and face-to-face meetings throughout the audit, and attending meetings with managers/directors/partners to obtain feedback on my work, and to update them on the status of audit file.

Have you ever felt daunted by the level of responsibility presented to you while working in Deloitte? If not, why do you think that is?

Yes, it can be quite challenging and sometimes there is a lot expected of you. However, the more responsibility you are given is usually a good sign and it means that you are performing well. The team-based environment makes it less daunting as you have people all around you who can help and provide support when needed.

What do you feel makes a good leader in Deloitte?

A good leader in Deloitte is someone who is an effective communicator, is good at working as part of a team and driving tasks forward to meet goals. The better you can communicate with and understand your team, the better the team will work together and will perform tasks to a high standard.

What is the social life like while working at Deloitte?

Deloitte is a firm believer in promoting the work life balance. Joining a graduate programme like this presents the opportunity to socialise with a group of graduates with essentially the same background as you. During the first two weeks of the induction training, there are a number of events and nights out organised, which allow you to mix with your peer group from the beginning. However the social events don’t end here, there is always something going on, from firm wide events to team or department wide activities. Deloitte social life is always active!

What makes Deloitte stand out as an employer?

What stood out most to me about Deloitte was the friendly atmosphere and culture within the firm and the strong emphasis on teamwork. At the same time, it’s a professional environment with lots of learning opportunities and a good chance to grow your career. The people within Deloitte make the company an enjoyable place to work, learn and make new connections.

What impact do you feel is made to the working environment by the diversity within the team at Deloitte?

I think because you are working within a diverse team you are being challenged with new ideas and contrasting perspectives all the time. This helps with your own development and enables you to see things differently.

Have you been involved in any of the Deloitte CSR activities?

Yes. I take part in IMPACT day every year. This is a day where all staff in Deloitte take part in projects for charitable organisations around the local communities. Last year I went out to help in a local school where we painted the school building and did some gardening on the grounds. It is a really enjoyable day every year, and a very rewarding one too.

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