Life at Deloitte
What do you like most about your role?
For me, the best thing about my role is the opportunity to experience a wide range of industries, through working with a number of different clients. I’ve so far worked with an energy provider, a recruitment firm, two multinational consumer goods companies, a global retailer and now an insurance organisation!
What didn't you know, but wish you had known when applying and joining Deloitte?
I feel like I was well prepared upon joining Deloitte. I had a lot of questions before my first day, but the Analyst Induction Programme soon answered all of these and more, before I was sent out to my first project. The best way to find out about what to you should expect before (and after) joining, is to talk to people who work here – definitely make the most of your buddy.
What aspects of your degree do you feel support you in your role and success at Deloitte?
I studied quite a varied degree at university (Economics with Human Geography) and in terms of theoretical knowledge, some previous Excel modelling came in handy for my first business case. However, the majority of any success at Deloitte has been from the more general, transferable skills learnt at university, regardless of degree, as well as all the new skills and knowledge I’ve learnt during training and ‘on the job’ since starting here.
What qualifications are you working towards and what support are you getting?
I’ve just completed CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting, which is a compulsory part of the Graduate Programme for most competencies. This consists of 5 module (1 exam for each), but my degree meant I was exempt from 2 exams. For each module you need to take, a specialist provider will teach the subject to a class for just under a week, then you’ll sit the multiple choice exam.
Three of the tuition and exams take place during your weeks of training when first starting at Deloitte, so you don’t have to worry about working and studying at the same time. For the two exams which are self-study, you’ll still be provided with subject notes, revision and exercise books, as well as an online membership with the specialist provider so you can practise questions. The study material will be sent to you quite far in advance, so I would suggest the best thing to do would be to revise for a couple of hours a week in the run up to the exam, rather than all at the last minute when you might also be busy on a project.
What work do you get involved in on a day to day basis at Deloitte?
What I do day to day is constantly changing, particularly when I move from project to project – but this is something I love about consulting and Deloitte. The majority of my time on my last project was spent building a financial model on Excel and communicating with local business units to validate the data. On my current project, I’m spending most of my days in workshops, mapping the client’s current processes and determining any future opportunities for improvement.
How do you deliver or contribute impact, leadership and innovation in your role?
It’s harder at analyst level to contribute in terms of leadership, but there are definitely plenty of ways to impact and contribute to innovation in your role on a daily basis – whether it’s from the formatting of a document to the complete restructuring of a deliverable. Just don’t be afraid to suggest new ideas (despite being taught the standard Deloitte styles and ways of working during training), because you’ll see things from a fresh and different perspective which will be highly valued by your team.
What social, society and CSR activities have you been involved with at Deloitte?
There’s so much on offer at Deloitte outside of work. In terms of social activities, I get invited by analyst, finance and consulting committees that each organise separate events such as the Summer Party, BBQs, bowling and trips to The Comedy Club (as well as the standard nights out!). There are also plenty of opportunities to get involved in CSR events too – for instance, there’s a Community Consulting Day taking place next week, which will involve helping out at a local primary and secondary school’s sports day.
How has Deloitte played a role in your long term career goals?
I’ve never been sure about what career I’d like to have in the short term, let alone the long term, which is why I signed up for a Grad Scheme in management consulting. The variety in terms of roles, industries, clients and even project location has been great in helping me decide what I’d like to do in the future. Not only this, but everyone in Deloitte is assigned an appraiser when they start, so you are able to talk an experienced consultant about career goals (amongst other things!). Mine has been great in helping me set some targets that to reach my goals.