Spending a summer in Audit

by Elizabeth Oke, Audit Intern

First days at Deloitte

“The best way to predict the future is to create it” – Abraham Lincoln. To create this future, everyone has to start somewhere, so I chose to do an internship with Deloitte and it has been the best decision ever. Deloitte doesn’t expect interns to know everything when you start with the firm. The first two days of my internship were spent in general training where I received tips in areas such as laptop security and met my buddy - someone in the firm who helps new hires settle in, shows us around and answers any questions we may have. We were divided into our departments for the last two days of the first week where we were given in depth training on what to expect along with our roles and responsibilities.

I spent the first six weeks of my internship on the new Audit System called EMS (Engagement Management System). I gained valuable experience in implementing this new system. I undertook a business information system module in college, but being able to integrate the knowledge and skills gained from that and transferring it into something tangible was very fulfilling. I also read and familiarised myself with a lot of financial statements from different businesses.

The final six weeks of my internship were split between 3 of Deloitte’s big clients (AIB, Unicredit Bank, Tillman) where I gained insight into audit testing. The responsibilities placed on interns were above my expectations. You hear phrases such as inclusion, collaboration, high performance, impact, confidence and opportunity at Deloitte. This isn’t just run of the mill jargon, it’s what is actually going on in the firm. With every piece of work I did, people on my team took the time to sit down with me and explain the background of the client, what has already been done on the project, what I was going to do and how I needed to do it. I was included in meetings and trusted to represent Deloitte and work with clients. The motto given to interns is “ASK, ASK, and ASK”. There is no such thing as a silly question.

Work life balance

One of the things that struck me most about my time at Deloitte was the layout of the office. I didn’t expect partners, managers and trainees to be seated so closely together. This really helped with team engagement and collaboration. In the short time I have been here I have come to know very well managers and partners in my department due to this culture of collaboration.

There’s also plenty to do outside of the day job at Deloitte. There’s golf, book clubs, mountain climbing, exercise classes, social events and loads more. The atmosphere in the office is really lively. We had a weekly bake-off every Wednesday while I was on the EMS project and the project organisers and partners arranged a goodbye social event when we were finished on the EMS project. This gave us a great opportunity to interact with and ask of questions of one of the partners. Impact Day was also a great day and a great way for Deloitte to give back to the community.

Deloitte provided far more than what is required or expected of them. They invest in interns and provide weekly development opportunities to help interns manage their long – term personal and professional goals.

In conclusion having studied Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) at NUI Galway and having created the foundation for my future career at Deloitte, I have no doubt in saying it will stand to me in future years.

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