Life at Deloitte

Alex Edwards

Consultant, Risk Advisory – Governance and Compliance

I studied Economics at University and during my course I realised I was more interested in Business rather than Finance. I believed I would be more suited to accountancy and consulting than any other career path. I then had to make a decision between which firms I’d like to apply for.

Experience in sport:

University of Nottingham Men’s Football Club Secretary (2nd year) and Social Secretary (3rd year) University of Nottingham Men’s Cricket Social Secretary (2nd year) and Tour Secretary (3rd year).

In my final year of playing football, we achieved a league and cup double, spending the season unbeaten. I had 3 years in the 1st team cricket, winning back to back varsity fixtures against Trent and gaining promotion.

Job / role at Deloitte

Consultant within Risk Advisory – Governance and Compliance.

Why did you choose Deloitte?

I studied Economics at University and during my course I realised I was more interested in Business rather than Finance. I believed I would be more suited to accountancy and consulting than any other career path. I then had to make a decision between which firms I’d like to apply for. My interest in sport first drew my attention to Deloitte. I knew they produced the football finance report each year out of the Manchester office, where there is a specific Sport Business Consulting group. After attending the BDLA last year, I felt like Deloitte had opened my eyes. I was slightly daunted by the prospect of starting a career and leaving University. The BDLA made me realise that I could use skills I had already learnt through my involvement in sport and apply them into business situations. From that moment, I was less intimidated by the thought of work and I’ve since embraced it as another part of my life.

What was your journey from University to Deloitte?

Straight from the University of Nottingham to the Deloitte Graduate Scheme in Manchester.

How do you use skills in sport that you now apply to your day job?

I’d say that teamwork is the most important skill. On all projects there will be an engagement team dedicated to that client. Each member of the team from partner down to the consultants will have their own designated role. Like in sport, you’ve have to trust that your teammates/colleagues are performing their roles and that your manager knows what they are doing. The office environment can also be similar to a changing room. You quickly learn a lot about your colleagues – likes, dislikes, skills and most importantly what makes them laugh. The office can be a fun place to be. 

Are you involved with sport at Deloitte? If so, how?

Yes. Deloitte have an 11 a side Sunday league team and also regular 5 a side tournaments. Each year there is a Deloitte football world cup in Prague where teams from offices all over the world go and compete. 

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