Life at Deloitte
Apprentice Finance Assistant - Milton Keynes
What attracted you to the Apprentice programme? What made you choose it over the other options you were considering?
The main attraction for the apprenticeship programme was that there was an opportunity to be able to gain qualifications (as if I were at university) whilst getting hands on experience within such a big firm. Whilst at 6th Form, there was a great emphasis and push on individuals going to University once they have finished their A levels. Admittedly, I had never thought much about apprenticeships as I had always planned out that I would go to university to get a degree and then get a job after that. After doing more research I soon realised that studying full time for another 3 years was not for me, and that the only reason I was going to go to university was because that was the only path I had set my vision on.
Although the student life may have seemed appealing at the time I felt like this opportunity was too good to pass up, especially with the fact that I would avoid getting into thousands of pounds worth of student debt whilst at the same time getting paid to work, which in my opinion is a win win situation.
Furthermore, the structure in which the Deloitte apprenticeship application was set out and communication from those running the scheme was second to none. This made me want to join the company even more. Unlike other apprenticeship applications, Deloitte’s was the one which stood out. Their presence is unavoidable and the effectiveness of their process was completely hassle free. There was no way I was going to pass up this opportunity and so accepting this offer from Deloitte was by far the best decision I have yet to have made.
What came as the biggest surprise when you made the move from education to the world of work?
Personally, the biggest surprise for me when I made the move from education to the world of work was the amount of responsibility the firm are trusting you with. The transition from being sat with a textbook all day to being a part of the up-running of a multi-million pound business is invaluable. Deloitte has helped me progress far faster than I progressed whilst studying at 6th form. Everyday I learn something new, whilst also gaining independence for myself, its never too much effort for my peers to help me when I don’t understand something. This isn’t the sort of culture I’m used to but it’s one I’m quickly getting accustomed to. Deloitte likes to take you out of your comfort zone and continually build you as a person.
How do you structure your time working and studying? What challenges have you faced and what solutions have you found work for you?
As I’m working full time for Deloitte, it can be difficult in regards to balancing Work and Study. Thankfully, we are given set periods of time by the company in which we are off site and at college learning what is required of us in order to pass our exams. We are also given 4 hours per week inside of work time to study. Aside from this, the rest is independent study done in our own time.
Describe your work environment. Are you office based or do you move around and spend time working on site with clients?
Due to being within the ‘Internal Client Services’ sector, my work environment is predominantly office based. I do not spend time out on client sites however that doesn’t necessarily mean I don’t move around. There are numerous different teams within my office all doing different things meaning I am never left with nothing to do.
Who do you work with clients day to day and how would you describe your relationship with them?
The Clientelle in which I work with are all internal employees of Deloitte. This does not however mean that they are treated any differently compared to if they were external. We like to maintain good relationships with our clients in order to keep them happy and provide them with a satisfactory service.
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 of my highlights of my time with Deloitte so far is being able to participate in out of work activities such as representing the football team. It shows that there is more to the company than just coming to work and doing your job. There’s a good culture surrounding the firm. Within Deloitte, the opportunities are endless. There are so many different sectors within the firm and so many different positions there is always room for improvement. The thought of being able to work right to the top is what motivates me to keep pushing myself, especially as this firm thrives off internal growth and promotions.
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?
Since moving to Deloitte, my life has changed a lot more than I expected it would. Originally, I started off commuting every day to work from Birmingham, however not only was this leaving me with no time to myself, it would have also meant that I would’ve had very little time to study when joining college. Since then, I have moved down to Milton Keynes and rather than taking me 2 hours to get to work it now takes about 10 minutes.
The transition was difficult at first, starting a new job, which was my first full time job and moving to a city I had never even visited before. It’s definitely teaching me how to be independent that’s for sure!
How do you feel you’ve grown since joining the Apprentice programme? And what have been your greatest achievements?
Since joining the apprenticeship programme, not only have I grown in regards to knowledge of my job but it’s also helped me grow as an individual. So far I would say my greatest achievement has been fulfilling the role of one of my peers who recently left the company. I was only given a few days to learn how to do his job and as he was the only person who did these specific roles and so there was pressure on me to learn everything within that given time slot, which I successfully managed to do.