Life at Deloitte
Apprentice, Human Resources Assistant - Milton Keynes
I am the youngest out of all the apprentices, being only 16 years old when I attended the interviews at Deloitte. I attended Thornton College from a fairly young age until I left in year eleven. I was an average student, I didn’t enjoy really school. I wasn’t particularly athletic but at the same time wasn’t particularly academic. When I joined sixth form at Walton High I hated it, I didn’t like the courses, I didn’t want to learn things that wouldn’t help me later in life. After thinking about dropping out of sixth form in December I decided against it and finished my first year of A-levels, I passed all my AS levels but I did not want to go back after exams ended so I decided I wanted a job. But not just any job, I didn’t want a job to just keep me ticking over, I wanted a job where I could see myself progressing and my effort and work paying off. After deciding I wanted a job I typed into google ‘How to get my first job’, a website called get my first job came up which I signed up for, I knew I wanted a job at a big company so when I saw Deloitte had an opening I chose to apply. I was extremely lucky that I passed the phone interview and the tests and found myself to be offered the job.
Why did you choose the Apprenticeship scheme over further education?
I wasn’t looking for an apprenticeship, I was looking for a job but after I saw Deloitte’s apprenticeship pop up I realised that an apprenticeship would be more beneficial for someone my age. An apprenticeship ticked all my boxes, I was earning money, which was very important for me as I am very independent and have lots of responsibilities that require me to earn money. And as well as earning money, this apprenticeship offered me the opportunity to get training and qualifications for free. I didn’t want to go to university, I had no clue what I wanted to do and still am a little unsure of what I want to do, I just wanted to go for the social life so I didn’t see the point in getting myself in debt and getting a qualification that may not be any use to me. Whereas now I am in a job getting training and experience in an office environment, learning new skills and gaining two qualifications at the end of my apprenticeship as well as the opportunity to progress and do further qualifications. It’s a great opportunity to get yourself in the work environment and get some first hand experience of the job and the roles and duties that are involved.
What work do you get involved in on a day to day basis?
On a day to day basis I am in consistent work, I am never bored. I work in quite a fast paced team and there is always work to be done so there is always something I can be doing. Currently I am working on Deloitte’s options and benefits team, there is a variety of work I can do and always something new to learn if I fancy a challenge.
What do you like most about your role?
I like that I have constant work, I don’t like having nothing to do, I like to always have something to do. With my current role I am busy all day and there is always different things I can do and I enjoy the variety of the different tasks I have been trained on. Most of all I love a challenge, I love to push boundaries and test myself and my team are really supportive and helpful and will help me with any task.
What do you like most about the office and region that you work in?
I have to admit I really like working in an office which is quite surprising as I’m usually an outdoorsy, active type person. I like how the teams all work so well together and if you don’t know the answer, someone on your team is. I find everyone approachable and helpful and people are happy to assist you or help you with any queries or issues you have.
What social, society and corporate responsibility activities have you been involved with at Deloitte?
Also what is nice about Deloitte is that the teams work closely. We quite often go out for team lunches where we all have the chance to chat and relax. We also go out for peoples’ birthdays as well as major occasions such as Christmas where we build team relationships and build rapport.
How has Deloitte played a role in your long term career goals?
I’m a hard worker, I want to be able to move up the job chain and Deloitte provides perfect opportunity for that. There are so many different opportunities that Deloitte offer, they can offer support for further learning so you can develop yourself professionally and personally. Deloitte support the idea of you developing and expanding your skills, you can join different departments, learn new roles and new systems. The opportunities are all there, you just need to apply yourself and take the opportunities offered.
Describe the Apprenticeship scheme in three words
What advice would you give someone considering the apprenticeship scheme?
If you’re considering an apprenticeship, Deloitte will provide you with the opportunities you need to start your career off to a good start. The amount of skills I have learnt in just 5 months is incredible, I have learnt skills to help me personally as well as professionally. This apprenticeship has boosted my confidence and self-esteem and showed me that you don’t need to go to university to be successful. All throughout school you are pushed towards university and they don’t really go into any detail on any others options you have, it feels like you have to go to university to be successful and have a career. My main advice is don’t do something that you don’t want to do because someone else wants you to do it. If you want to do an apprenticeship then go for it, apply for a variety, don’t put all your eggs in one basket and prepare properly. Do some background on the company, practice talking to people in a formal situation, eye contact and a calm confident voice is important. And lastly people are happy to help, if you have an issue or a query or a problem, don’t feel like you can’t speak to anyone about it, there are so many people that will help you and answer any questions you may have.