Life at Deloitte
Varun Arora who has made that move to Ireland
"This is my second Deloitte office and there are a number of differences when you go from an office in one country to another but even with that the firm is very well connected globally. Your hard work and performance is recognised and there are many opportunities available for you in terms of learning, career growth and building skill sets"
- Varun Arora, Assistant Manager in Risk Advisory
Where are you from and why did you decide to leave your home country?
I am from New Delhi, India. I left my country in 2004 to get international experience in terms of both education and work prospects. Since then I have lived in three countries – Ireland, UAE and Spain, and travelled to more than 10 others.
What made you decide to come to Ireland?
My marriage changed everything and was the deciding factor in me moving out of UAE. In UAE, I was working with Deloitte based in Abu Dhabi. For me it was going very well and Deloitte gave me an opportunity to learn and grow. For my wife, she was new to the country, not employed in UAE and was looking for work opportunities, which were limited and due to that, she was not happy. Therefore, we decided to move countries and go to a place where we could both have equal opportunities in terms of career prospects. I had the option to choose between Adelaide (Australia) with another big 4 and Dublin (Ireland) with an option to choose between another big 4 and Deloitte. I chose Ireland as the location to move to due to the growing economy and knowing that it houses most of the EMEA headquarters for the biggest firms in the world. Also, my wife is from the EU so it made it a lot easier to choose Dublin over Adelaide. I know I chose rain and cold weather over sunshine but no regrets! I prefer this over staying in 50 degrees heat. For choosing the firm, the Deloitte offer made more sense and was better in many aspects so I went for that.
How did your current role come about?
I switched my job sector as I wanted to be within professional services and I love the work environment a professional services firm like Deloitte has to offer. After working for four years with a local company in the UAE, I completed my Masters and was hired by Deloitte in Abu Dhabi to begin a different chapter in my work life. Since then I haven’t looked back. I got a growth opportunity and my performance was recognised within Deloitte. I started as a Consultant and now I am at Assistant Manager level.
What work do you do?
I am a specialist within Audit Analytics and have expertise within IT Risk and Assurance. At the moment I am also building skill sets around Risk Analytics with the help of colleagues in Deloitte Ireland and other offices worldwide.
What do you like most about your job?
The challenge, different clients and different industry sectors. I have the flexibility to work in various projects based on my interests. There is support from global and local teams, and lots of learning every day.
How did your time working abroad make you better suited for your job?
Living outside my country made me interact, work and study with people from all over the world. I feel blessed to have the pleasure of knowing people from more than 50 different countries. My education along with my professional and personal experience, helps me understand people better and learn from them every day.
What is the best thing about Ireland?
The people and the culture. Ireland has a rich culture and history and I find its people to be welcoming and down to earth. When I landed in Dublin last year, I did feel a difference in the way people interact here, the use of English and the Irish accent! Deloitte have helped me to acclimatise. Ireland offers better work life balance than any other country I have worked in. Not only that I feel like I have ample time to work but also get time to exercise and spend time with my family.
What do you enjoy about working in Deloitte?
This is my second Deloitte office and there are a number of differences when you go from an office in one country to another but even with that the firm is very well connected globally. Secondly your hard work and performance is recognised. There are many opportunities available for you in terms of learning, career growth and building skill sets.