Life at Deloitte
Louise Dennis, Apprentice Solicitor, Tax & Legal
What did you study in college? Clinical Law in UCC
With this graduate programme are you now working in the industry of your choice?
Yes, I am. I get a clear insight into how both the legal industry and tax industry operates, and how they interact in large transactions.
What drew you to Deloitte when you were seeking a Graduate Programme?
I was attracted by the variety of work that Deloitte offers. I work in the Private Client department, and on any given day I could be working on income tax returns, capital acquisitions tax returns, drafting legal documentation in respect of both individuals and companies or researching different legal issues.
What expectations did you have before you began the programme?
I expected the work to be interesting and varied, and the people to be welcoming and positive, and I am happy to report that this is the case.
What were your first impressions and how easy did you find it to become integrated?
My first impressions were that everyone was exceptionally friendly and welcoming. As such, I found it very easy to integrate, and love that you can just as easily grab a coffee with a director as a fellow trainee.
Everyone takes a genuine interest in your career path, and helps push you to be your best self and to go to where you want to be.
Did the scope of your work change as the programme progressed?
The work changes every few months because as tasks get easier for you, the management will allocate it to more junior people who need the experience in performing that same task.
Thus, every few months I get new projects to work on, so I constantly feel challenged and as if I am learning more by the day.
Can you describe a typical day in your role?
I can be doing a number of different things in a day, from working on a variety of tax returns, to researching legislation, drafting legal documents for corporate restructures, to dealing with private individuals and assisting in structuring their estates in a tax efficient manner, to drafting Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney.
I also help to train younger trainees, and give department-wide training on different projects that I have worked on.
What about life outside of work?
The work-life balance is a priority in Deloitte, so every evening I usually fit in some exercise, meet friends after work, or plan weekend trips away.
Why should someone apply to the Deloitte Graduate programme?
If you are searching for something that will keep you stimulated, and are looking to work with a team of bright, hardworking and vibrant people, with a team-centred approach you should apply to the Deloitte Graduate Programme.
Tell us something surprising that we did not know about you.
I love to play the ukulele!