Life at Deloitte

Donna Berrie

Assistant Manager, Audit, Aberdeen

I attended the University of Aberdeen studying an MA Joint Honours in Accountancy and Finance. I joined Deloitte in 2012 as a graduate; I chose Deloitte as my experience of meeting personnel from the office was consistent at any event I went to. Everyone I met was very friendly and keen to help, which never wavered. I found some representatives from other firms were not always as welcoming or willing to assist, as such I deemed from this that Deloitte would be the firm to offer the best support and help during my training, which I have found to be true.  I am currently an Assistant Manager in the Aberdeen office Audit department, this primarily involves working on oil and gas related companies. 


What work do you get involved in on a day to day basis?
The majority of my time is spent out at clients sites, which means the environment and team you are working in changes on a regular basis.  My day to day role involves leading a team on a client site in testing various areas of the financial statements. You get the opportunity to meet clients very early on and will be involved in testing from the very start.


What do you like most about the office and region that you work in?
The Aberdeen office is busy office, as such you have the opportunity to gain experience very early on, and you also have the opportunity to work on a variety of areas/sections and will be given some degree of responsibility early on. The office is also very sociable, with regular month end drinks and non-drinking social activities. 


Why your industry?
The oil and gas industry is unique; there is always a lot of activity in the industry which means there is always a variety of work to get involved in. The Aberdeen office and oil and gas industry gives you the opportunity to work on clients of varying sizes from multinational corporations to local business who can be involved from servicing the oil and gas industry to oil extraction itself. 


What is your top tip for working in your industry?
I think rapport building is important as it eases communication between us and the client and helps the audit to be performed on schedule. 


What differentiates your industry from other industries?
As I mentioned above, there is the chance to work on a variety of companies ranging from multinationals to local businesses. This gives you the chance to take a more senior role on some of the smaller clients early on but you also have the opportunity to work in a large team in co-operation with other member Deloitte firms. 


Which personality traits or skills aid success in your industry?
Organisational, time management and communication skills will all help in a career in audit.


What do you enjoy most about your industry?
Audit provides variety in everyday work, by working from different client sites you are never working in the same place for weeks on end. You also have the opportunity to meet an assortment of people at varying levels within a company. 


Talk us through the most exciting project that you have worked on
I provided assistance on some project appraisal work in which I performed some analytics on the company's fixed assets. Although the work itself perhaps wasn’t the most exciting, this lead me to analytical work which has provided me with a focused plan for my future career.


What social, society and corporate responsibility activities have you been involved with at Deloitte?
Deloitte has a Community investment day each year which involves helping a local charity for the day. The whole office will be offered the day off to help, this can involve anything from painting buildings to as assisting in sports days. The office also elects a local charity to support throughout the year which involves fund raising in a variety of ways (including a breakfast roll run on a Friday!)


How has Deloitte played a role in your long term career goals?
I initially joined audit in the hope of obtaining my CA qualification and to gain as much experience as I could early on, beyond this I didn’t really have a long term goal of which industry or service line I would like to progress in. I have been fortunate to gain some audit advisory experience (analytics) which is where I want to focus my career. Not only has Deloitte allowed me to gain my CA qualification but it has also provided me with a path to follow in terms of my long term career.


What advice would you share to others considering a career in your industry?
As part of my graduate application process I attended as many recruitment events as I could during which I asked a lot about the qualification and working hours to as many people as possible. From this I could make an informed decision about what I would be applying for, I would advise anyone thinking of a career in audit to do the same. 

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