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Life at Deloitte
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Life as an Actuarial Graduate
My first experience at Deloitte was taking part in the summer internship programme as a consultant in the Financial Transformation department. I was put to work on a large client project, which fortunately involved working regularly with the actuarial team. After gaining some first-hand experience of what a consulting actuary does, I knew that it was what I wanted to do as a career.
Having studied mathematics at Trinity College Dublin, the day-to-day work of an actuary suits me well. One minute I can be talking to a client trying to determine what solution they need, and the next, applying the analytical and problem-solving skills I learned at university to real-life problems. The variety of work I perform suits my inquisitive nature, and means I am always applying myself to learning something new.
As a mature student entering Deloitte I wondered whether I would feel distinct from the other graduates in my intake. My concerns were quickly laid to rest. Not only were there other mature analysts joining with me, but having gone through induction I realised that almost everyone had a unique story in how they had got there. In this way I felt just like any other graduate joining Deloitte.
Being an actuarial student involves working and studying simultaneously to try and pass some pretty difficult exams. However, the exam support provided at Deloitte is second to none as, along with materials and time-off, there is always a friendly face to go to if you’re finding something difficult.
It may sound clichéd, but being part of the team is one of the best aspects of my job. The career advice and instruction provided by senior staff is invaluable. In addition, the trainee group are very tight-knit, and we support each other in developing the skills necessary to perform our roles. As a team we regularly meet up outside of work hours to do things like hike, play sports, and have a few drinks.