Life at Deloitte
Adam works in Corporate Audit and is based in our Bristol office.
Please tell us your full name, grade, service line & service area/business unit, and your tenure with Deloitte?
I’m Adam Leech, an Assistant Manager in Corporate Audit. I’m based in Bristol and have been with Deloitte since 2011.
What attracted you to the BrightStart programme? What made you choose it over the other options you were considering?
Whilst I was at sixth form, there was a real push from my school for all students to apply to university. There is a lot of pressure on students at A level stage to be sure of what they want to do and what career path to take and it was quite easy for me to fall into the path of feeling like university was the only way forward.
During my first year, it quickly cemented in my mind that it really wasn’t for me. Of course I enjoyed the student lifestyle and it was easy to see why some people would go to university just for that part. However I just knew that I wanted to be learning on the job in a much more challenging environment.
Deloitte had a strong presence at my university and thus when I researched into alternative options for me to be able to leave university, Deloitte was the first place I turned to. The scheme was new at the time and reading through what it entailed it just confirmed in my mind that the scheme was what I wanted to be on.
I applied for other schemes as well so that I could keep my options open, and was offered positions at other firms, but ultimately it was the friendly and laidback nature of the whole team during the recruitment process compared to other firms that made me feel most welcome at Deloitte and it was the easiest decision I’ve ever made to accept the offer from Deloitte when it came through.
What came as the biggest surprise when you made the move from education to the world of work?
I think the biggest surprise for me was just how much responsibility and experience that you gain even from the first year within Deloitte. You learn new things every single day, you are able to take on responsibility of your own work and your own career development and can shape how your career plan pans out right from the start. The great thing is that even if you aren’t sure what that career plan really is at the start, there is a huge support network within Deloitte with the first few years being a structured pathway, so you have time to consider what you career path should be whilst gaining the ACA qualification (role dependent).
How do you structure your time working and studying? What challenges have you faced and what solutions have you found work for you?
It can be quite a difficult juggling act when trying to focus on studying as well as working on client work in between studies.
The good thing is that you get a set amount of block time in college (2-3 weeks at a time) where you are in college for the full 2-3 weeks and thus in the day you can focus fully on college and learning/revising all of the material needed to pass each of the exams.
Describe your work environment. Are you office based or do you move around and spend time working on site with clients?
I would say that, especially for the time I have spent at Deloitte so far in audit, my working time is about 90% on client sites and 10% office based. This has ensured that there is plenty of variety with the different working environments at different client sites, and has meant that I have been able to travel to different places in the UK but also have spent time on client sites in a couple of different places in the USA.
Who do you work with clients day to day and how would you describe your relationship with them?
I would say that I have a strong working relationship with all of the clients that I have worked for. As you work up the promotion ladder and gain more experience and skills, you are able to remain on the same clients each year to build your relationship with them even further and gain a more senior position in the audit team which gains more exposure to the most senior members of the clients’ management team.
What have been some the highlights of your time with Deloitte? What excites you about your work and the opportunities you see for yourself in the firm?
One was the opportunity with Deloitte to volunteer at the Paralympic training camp for the 2012 London Olympics. This meant that I got to meet and support a large number of the Paralympic athletes during their final training for the Olympics, which was a really great experience that I would never have gotten to do without having been working for Deloitte.
How has your life changed since joining Deloitte? Are you still living at home, or have you moved out? If so, how have you found that transition?
My life has changed a considerable amount since I joined Deloitte – I have become a much more confident and professional orientated person.
How do you feel you’ve grown since joining the BrightStart programme? And what have been your greatest achievements?
I feel like I have grown as a person so much more since joining Deloitte than I ever did in school/sixth form/first year at university. I have been able to have so many opportunities in my time here, with working overseas and working at a number of different client sites all-round the UK.