Life at Deloitte
Meet our Graduates - Dan Morrissey
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What did you study in college?
I studied Law and Accounting in the University of Limerick and then I completed a Masters of Accounting in University College Cork.
Why did you choose the Deloitte Graduate Programme?
I completed a 12 week internship and also an 8 month co-op placement in Deloitte while I was in college. I was immediately impressed with the culture within the firm and the people were so helpful and supportive from the very start. It made my decision to apply for the Deloitte Graduate Programme an easy one.
What did you find most challenging about the working world?
Once I started my graduate programme I realised that time management was going to be very important particularly once the chartered accounting lectures began. In college you are likely to have more time off whereas when you are working and trying to combine your studies with your sport or hobbies you have to plan your time a bit better. However, the support Deloitte provides both professionally and personally makes it easy to achieve a good work life balance.
How has Deloitte helped you build your career?
The type of work and the responsibility I was given early in my training contract has really stood to me. I joined the Tax Graduate programme and in the first year I got to experience all types of taxes such as income tax, corporation tax, VAT and payroll taxes. I now mainly focus on corporation tax consultancy projects for a variety of clients from a variety of different industries. I work with some of the biggest companies in Ireland and the world and this has really helped build my career so far.
Do you have any mentors and if so what is their value to you?
I have a mentor who I continually check-in with to make sure everything is ok and that I am happy with my workload and type of projects I am working on. All my managers are effectively mentors and they all offer support and are very understanding with any questions I have no matter how basic something is.
The support Deloitte provides both professionally and personally makes it easy to achieve a good work life balance.
What is the most valuable thing you have learned since you joined the workforce?
The importance of team work and of helping your colleagues out. In Deloitte there is an open door policy where everyone is available to answer any questions you have and there is always someone there to help you when you are under pressure.
What’s one thing you wish you knew when you finished college?
I was lucky enough to have completed a summer internship and work placement during college so I knew Tax was the area I wanted to pursue. However, for those who haven’t completed such placements I think it is important to talk to someone in the various departments to get an idea of the type of work they do on a day-to-day basis. This should give you a better idea as to what department you might be best suited to, whether it be Tax, Audit & Assurance, Financial Advisory, Risk Advisory or Consulting.