Life at Deloitte
Meet our Graduates - Luke Hyland
Audit & Assurance Associate
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What did you study in college?
I studied Commerce in UCD before completing a M.Sc. in Accounting in DCU.
Why did you choose the Deloitte Graduate Programme?
Towards the end of my time in college, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in accounting. Deloitte’s graduate programme had an excellent reputation within UCD and I wanted to work for a Big Four firm. I completed a summer internship at Deloitte during college, with the intention of receiving an offer onto their graduate programme and fortunately, I received an offer at the end of my summer internship.
I would highly recommend any college students that are interested in pursuing a career in accounting to apply for the summer internship during college, as it not only got me onto the graduate programme but also significantly helped my personal and professional development.
What did you find most challenging about the working world?
It’s a big transition from college into the working world. Initially it was a little daunting as you are given responsibility from day one. However, there is always someone there to help you. This helped me to settle into Deloitte quickly and this is why my favourite thing about working in Deloitte is the people within the firm. I have found that someone will always go out of their way to help you.
How has Deloitte helped you build your career?
If you join Deloitte’s graduate programme within one of the Audit & Assurance departments, you are required to sit the chartered accounting exams. Deloitte provides you with extended paid study leave to sit these exams, which was one if the other big reasons why I wanted to work here. Deloitte also provide in house workshops, where lecturers from Chartered Accountants Ireland come in for the day to lecture us on specific topics.
I would recommend any students interested in a Graduate Programme to try to attend any events that are on in regards to a career they are interested in pursuing after college, as this is an invaluable opportunity to connect with people face to face within an industry you are interested in pursuing after college.
Do you have any mentors and if so what is their value to you?
Yes, we have mentors in the form of appraisers. We are each given an individual appraiser from the day we begin the graduate programme. These appraisers really help you to settle into the office as you can go to them with any questions you may have. Throughout the year you meet with your appraiser regularly to hear feedback on your performance and to bring up any queries you may have.
What is the most valuable thing you have learned since you joined the workforce?
The most valuable thing I have learned so far since joining Deloitte is definitely the importance of teamwork, especially in the audit industry. From the get go you are put in teams to complete audits; without the team working together and constant communication it would significantly delay the completion of the job. We constantly receive training in our personal development through learning teamwork, delegation and time management skills.
What’s one thing you wish you knew when you finished college?
I wish I knew the importance of networking when I finished college. I would recommend any students interested in a Graduate Programme to try to attend any events that are on in regards to a career they are interested in pursuing after college, as this is an invaluable opportunity to connect with people face to face within an industry you are interested in pursuing after college. This can help in finding a job in that industry.