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Meet our Graduates - Zach Kelly
Analyst in Risk Advisory
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What did you study in college?
I studied Business in Dublin City University.
Why did you choose the Deloitte Graduate Programme?
Initially I heard about Deloitte’s reputation, both globally and as a Graduate Employer, by attending Grad Fairs in final year of college. After coming across a position in Risk Advisory that really appealed to me, I spoke with some friends who went through the Graduate Programme here at Deloitte. They all had great things to say about the people, opportunities for growth and the abundant support provided to those sitting the ACA examinations, which was very important to me when choosing the Deloitte Graduate Programme.
What did you find most challenging about the working world?
In my opinion, the most challenging aspect of the working world was trying to find a work/life/study balance. Studying for exams, working Monday to Friday, and finding time for hobbies and friends initially seemed quite daunting. However, the support and guidance offered by everyone here at Deloitte has been exceptional. Not to mention the numerous activities and social events organised for the Graduates during the first two weeks of induction, which really made the transition from college to working life effortless.
How has Deloitte helped you build your career?
Working at Deloitte has allowed me to develop a variety of skills by working with industry leading clients and having increased responsibilities in my role. With resources such as Workday, where you can request feedback from managers after client engagements, I feel like I am constantly learning more and more about my field of work and developing imperative skills, both personally and professionally.
Do you have any mentors and if so what is their value to you?
I have an appraiser who I meet with at the start of the financial year to discuss and document my objectives for the year. I communicate with them regularly during to the year to see if am meeting my objectives, and if not, what I can do to work towards them. I value their continued support and guidance throughout my time here at Deloitte.
No one expects you to know everything when you first start, so ask as many questions as you can.
What is the most valuable thing you have learned since you joined the workforce?
The most valuable lesson I have learned since joining Deloitte is to ask questions. No one expects you to know everything when you first start, so ask as many questions as you can. In addition, social events are great opportunities to meet people from across the organisation, and guaranteed good craic, so always try to get involved.
What’s one thing you wish you knew when you finished college?
To be honest, I am not sure as it is still very recent, but I suppose one thing I have realised since coming out of college is that there’s no rush on deciding what you want to do for the rest of your life. Everything is a learning experience.
After taking a year out after college, I had more time to focus on researching potential employers/ positions, which allowed me to make a better-judged decision in coming to Deloitte.