Life at Deloitte
Our people: Jane Drew
Associate in Tax
Why did you choose the Deloitte Graduate Programme?
My reasons for choosing Deloitte date all the way back to when I was only 16! I did my transition year work experience here and had a great week so I was always open to the idea of coming back. I returned to do an internship in Global Employer Services within Tax during college and really enjoyed the experience. I was impressed with how helpful and approachable the people were and felt it would be a good place to learn.
I was also pleasantly surprised with how much responsibility and challenging work you’re given at an early stage, allowing people to quickly develop and progress. At the end of the internship, the decision to accept the offer of a place on the graduate programme was an easy one as I could go and do my masters (with financial support from Deloitte) knowing that I had a job that I enjoy lined up.
What did you study in college?
I did the HR pathway of Social Science in UCD for my undergraduate degree and then went on to do a Masters in Human Resource Management in Smurfit.
With this Graduate Programme are you now working in the industry of your choice?
I was never drawn to a particular industry, I just knew I wanted to work in a job focused on people and with plenty of variety and challenge. Across the spectrum of services that GES provides, these criteria are definitely met.
What were your first impressions and how easy did you find it to become integrated at Deloitte?
On my first day of the training contract, I was understandably nervous and daunted by the three years ahead in a new place. I was also a bit worried about the fact that I didn’t have a background in accounting or tax like everyone else did! However, all these worries were quickly put to rest.
Everyone in the department has been through the same process so everyone is more than happy to answer questions and show you the ropes. .We sit in open plan bays so you quickly get to know the people around you. It also helps that there’s loads of people around the same age and regular social events so making friends is no problem.
Can you describe a typical day in your role?
Perhaps a bit of a cliché but you could definitely say that no two days are ever the same. Everyone is assigned to several client teams so each day will be driven by various client projects and queries, from terminations to Revenue audits. Typical days will also feature a tax briefing with an individual who’s either moving into or out of Ireland. We also do tax returns and payroll for our clients’ employees.
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?
Although we are assigned complex tasks and are dealing with clients from the get go, it never feels overwhelming as there’s always someone willing to explain and answer questions.
What do you feel makes a good leader in Deloitte?
There’s a real focus on teamwork so a leader is someone who delivers a quality service to the client while also developing the team and giving people opportunities. Anyone who takes the time to explain things clearly and give advice while working on a client project is always really well regarded.
What is the social life like while working at Deloitte?
Plentiful - we had not one but three Christmas parties last year for example! There’s regular department social activities alongside the larger firm wide events twice a year or so. Given that there’s so many people fresh out of college, it’s also never hard to find someone for a Thursday stroll up towards the Harcourt street area!
Also worthy of a mention is the strong focus on socialising over cake - we seem to find an occasion to gather in kitchen for cake at least once a fortnight! For those who want to work off all the cake, there’s a whole variety of clubs from surfing to tag rugby.
What makes Deloitte stand out as an employer?
Now that I’ve settled in, I’d have to say that the strong team ethic, multitude of learning opportunities and friendly atmosphere are what I enjoy most about working for Deloitte.
The exam support provided by Deloitte is definitely another key stand out. Alongside taking care of the course and exam fees, trainees are also given paid time off to study. I sat my Part 2 tax exams this year and got roughly five weeks paid leave to do them.
What impact do you feel is made to the working environment by the diversity within the team at Deloitte?
Working on a diverse team allows you to see things differently due to the various approaches and perspectives that people bring.
Have you been involved in any of the Deloitte CSR activities?
Deloitte runs a firm wide volunteering day called Impact Day which I’ve participated in twice so far. It’s always a great day as everyone from interns to partners get involved and there’s always a real sense of achievement at the end! I’ve done a beach clean-up and painted a school in the past so I’m looking forward to see what this year brings!
I also take part in the Age Action technology classes which run year around. It’s a great initiative whereby several learners who wish to get up to speed with using their phone, laptop or tablet come in the office once a week and get paired up with one of us for a lesson.