Life at Deloitte

Top tips from our interns

By James Lynch and Jennifer Whitehead, Audit & Advisory Interns

Joining Deloitte

1. Bring an Open Mind

Be ready to meet new people from all walks of life. You may hold the impression that new graduates will all come from business backgrounds. This was one of the biggest expectations that I got wrong. The interns I’ve met, from Audit and Tax, Consulting and Corporate Finance, all come from various undergraduate degrees. I’ve met people in Audit studying Science or Engineering. There are people in Consulting studying Psychology and Music. Deloitte is excellent at building on diversity throughout the firm so I would say that it is definitely important to walk through the doors with an open mind.

2. Be Polite & Professional

First impressions can make a lasting impression. Make sure to have perfected that firm hand shake and dress professionally. Deloitte’s dresscode is business attire. It is important to put yourself out there on your first day. Introduce yourself to the people you meet and take time to talk to other interns and members of staff. Sometimes this may be difficult if you are a particularly shy or nervous person, but you can almost guarantee that other people in the room are feeling the exact same way that you are. 

3. Talk to everyone you can during induction

The first few people you talk to during induction normally bring you some comfort in what can be a very different and new environment to most people. The coffee breaks during induction can be really helpful in getting to know people and hopefully make some good friends for the next six weeks

4. Deloitte love abbreviations

The technical part of your induction will be “abbreviation heavy.” Don’t worry because no one really knows what any of them mean until you “hit the floor.” Audit is especially intense with abbreviations, you will hear ROMMs, ABCOTDs, TBs, FS, EMS, and CTB being mentioned a lot.

5. Meet your mentor and your buddy

As soon as they email you they will probably suggest having a meeting. It’s important that you arrange one as these people are your go to people if you have an issue with anything. Especially admin, like taking time off, and things like that. It’s important to note that your mentor is also your appraiser. Appraisers give you feedback on the work you have done as well as listen to how you have got on while doing the work.

6. The induction booklet is really handy

During induction you get a little A5 induction booklet. This has an absolute goldmine of information. Look after it and read it, and use the checklist. The checklist will help you find your feet.

7. Don’t get stung with emergency tax

You need to give your P45 in to one of the people facilitating induction or if not then, to someone in HR. Your P45 must be current, i.e. from 2015. I submitted one from 2011 not realising this was the case and got charged emergency tax. If you don’t have a P45, you must follow the instructions on page 20 of the intern book. (Like I said, this book is really handy)

8. Join Yammer, join the Facebook group, join LinkedIn, join everything…

You are going to be told to join Yammer, and you really should. Everything that’s going on in the firm will be here. Also post questions in your group if there is something you’re not sure about. The other two are really useful to join too, but mainly yammer.

9. If you have a question…

You can ask your mentor or buddy, but other trainees can also help you out if you have little questions. More than likely they have had the same questions and will help you out if you are stuck.

10. Enjoy it

My time at Deloitte have been great fun, and I have gotten to know a lot of new people as well as working with a great team. I’m sure you will enjoy your experience also. Don’t forget there are a lot of sports clubs and groups in Deloitte, you will get all the details at induction.

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