Life at Deloitte
Hear From - Declan Moore
Associate in Audit & Assurance
Why did you choose the Deloitte Graduate Programme?
Completed placement in Deloitte in 3rd year of college and really enjoyed the work and the people in the Cork office so it was a no brainer for me to come back for my graduate programme.
What did you study in college?
BSc Accounting in UCC.
With this Graduate Programme are you now working in the industry of your choice?
Yes – happily working in CTB - Audit & Assurance!
What were your first impressions and how easy did you find it to become integrated at Deloitte?
My first impressions were largely the same of those on placement. I was really impressed by how friendly everyone was, across all levels – I always felt included which made it really easy to integrate.
Can you describe a typical day in your role?
A typical day for me would start by arriving at work at about 08:30 to grab a morning coffee and a quick chat with whoever is already in! I also use this bit of extra time to close off on anything small from the day before.
Depending on where I am assigned, I usually get straight down to work from 9am onwards, completing whatever testing has been assigned to me and bombarding my senior with questions! My year group would usually take a short tea break at around 11 depending on workloads and commitments and then it is back to work for the remainder of the day with lunch from 1pm to 2pm.
Every day is different in Deloitte which is why I really enjoy work – some days I have Sports & Social Committee meetings, client planning meetings or catch up meetings so everyday has something different from the last which makes work really interesting!
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?
I don’t think I have felt daunted so far. From day 1 in training, it is made really clear to us that all questions are welcomed and to never shy away from asking them. There has been great support on each job I have worked on from all the team which makes it really easy to ask questions.
While some responsibilities were definitely more challenging than others, there was never a need to feel daunted as I knew I could always talk through it with someone and the more challenging responsibilities are usually the more interesting ones!
What do you feel makes a good leader in Deloitte?
There are a few things that contribute to a good leader. I think communication, openness and a will to help are really important. They are 3 qualities I would say everyone has in the Cork office which makes it really easy to ask questions.
What is the social life like while working at Deloitte?
Social life is good at Deloitte – there are plenty S&S events throughout the year which are always great craic! In Cork, we try vary the nights out so I have already been to plenty work nights – a night at the dogs for my year group to meet the office, go-karting, the Christmas party, a treasure hunt around the city, end of busy season drinks and a few more.
What makes Deloitte stand out as an employer?
I would say the people. Everybody is really easy to get on with, understanding and committed to help. I have never felt awkward asking questions and I think that is down to the people I work with.
What impact do you feel is made to the working environment by the diversity within the team at Deloitte?
It’s great to be able to bounce ideas off each other, especially on client site. This is really helpful when there are people from all kinds of backgrounds on the team as everybody contributes something different and ideas I would never have thought of!
Have you been involved in any of the Deloitte CSR activities?
I will be taking part in Deloitte’s IMPACT day in September helping the Brothers of Charity in Castletroy. I am also considering taking part in the Nurture Africa programme and will try get involved in this before my contract is up.