Life at Deloitte

Daniel Watkins

Apprentice Finance Assistant - Milton Keynes

What attracted you to the Apprentice programme? What made you choose it over the other options you were considering?

During my time at sixth form there was a strong push towards going to university and studying degrees. From the age of 15 I knew I wanted to go into accountancy and so applied to my university choices. After receiving all 5 offers I waited to weigh up my options and eventually decided that I didn’t want to go to university as this wasn’t the lifestyle I wanted as well as the ever spoken about debt.

After making this decision and turning away my 5 offers I made it upon myself to find myself a job and specifically within finance and accountancy. Since it this was my passion, I knew all about Deloitte so decided to apply. The apprenticeship was the perfect solution for me since not only did I get to work for what was a dream job role but moreover I got to study for accounting courses (AAT) too, leading to me eventually attaining similar qualifications as to what university would have offered me, plus you get the added benefit of strong backing from Deloitte and the polar opposite of the dreaded debt, but actually getting paid for working too.

What came as the biggest surprise when you made the move from education to the world of work?

The biggest surprise for me was the independence and responsibility you gain within a very short amount of time. Every single day that you work you learn something new and this, linked with study, is a very beneficial towards my development within this career.

How do you structure your time working and studying? What challenges have you faced and what solutions have you found work for you?

My studying takes place once a week in college and I work every day so I haven’t had too much trouble between the two. What is useful is that when my exams come upon me, Deloitte allow extra time and are very flexible with study so that I have every best chance for each exam that I take.

Describe your work environment. Are you office based or do you move around and spend time working on site with clients?

In Milton Keynes I work in an office however for my induction I had to go to London for two days. The office in Milton Keynes is very comfortable and it is easy to get along with everyone in the office.

Who do you work with clients day to day and how would you describe your relationship with them?

Within my current rotation I do not work with clients directly however I work with people around the country who provide me with requests for reports or invoices that need creating for clients. As you work more and more you begin to build stronger relationships with these people around the country.

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 was volunteering at a local school to teach the students about CV writing. I enjoyed this as it was different to my normal work routine and it felt accomplishing when the students felt as if they had learnt something new.

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?

The main difference in my life since working for Deloitte is the travelling back and forth from work due to living an hour away. Compared to walking to and from school it is a major difference. Also I have changed as a person since I have built a lot of confidence as well as becoming a more professional person than previously.

How do you feel you’ve grown since joining the Apprentice programme? And what have been your greatest achievements?

As a person I have grown dramatically, not only have I become more independent and confident but the development of me as a character has changed much more than it ever did during school or sixth form. 

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