A Career in Audit & Assurance

Hear from: Mark Riley - Audit & Assurance Associate, Deloitte Northern Ireland

Mark Riley, now an audit trainee in the Belfast Office, started out on the Deloitte Summer Internship programme. Hear about his experience and how it supported him in choosing to pursue a role as a chartered accountant.

Introduce yourself:

My name is Mark Riley. I am 23 and an audit trainee from the Belfast Office and I have just sat my FAEs.

Why did you choose Deloitte?

I studied accounting at university so entering the profession seemed like a natural progression. I had the opportunity to gain some insight into working at Deloitte during the summer of my second year at uni when I attended the Summer Vacation Scheme. Everyone was very friendly and I enjoyed my time here so decided to join once I had graduated.

What were your first impressions and how easy did you find it to become integrated?

At first it can be a little daunting meeting new people and having new responsibilities. However the firms structured approach made this less burdensome. By getting to know your year group and joining in the discussion at team meetings, it is easy to become integrated with your peers.

The Summer Intern Programme

Deloitte appealed to me as an employer as they have a reputation of being a firm about ‘people’ and I believed that I would be a good fit. Before applying I researched how they were consistently ranked by the Sunday Times as one of the top 100 companies to work for. I found the Summer Internship to be an important factor that led me to choose a career at Deloitte. While employed as a Summer Intern I was treated as a member of the team. I was able to complete some of the less complex areas of the audit file which helped give me a good understanding of what it would be like to work for the firm as a first year graduate. All members of staff at all grades were knowledgeable about their fields and supported me in choosing to pursue a role as a chartered accountant.

What do you enjoy most about your role within the Audit & Advisory department?

I most enjoy the range of clients that I get the opportunity to work on. These include manufacturing companies, service providers and Government bodies. I particularly enjoy the mix of client interaction, team work and technical knowledge. No two days are the same!

What advice would you have for other students and graduates seeking to pursue a similar career path?

The demands of balancing work and study can be tough so my advice would be to do a ‘little and often.’ However, training in audit is a great way to gain exposure to a wide range of clients and staff. It allows you to put the theory that you have learned in class into practice. I would highly recommend my chosen career path to anyone else with a serious business interest. 


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