Life at Deloitte

Ed Butler

Analyst, Consulting - Technology, Digital

I studied Business and Management with Industrial Experience at the University of Exeter. During my 12 month placement with Deloitte I was staggered by the investment made in my learning and development. Deloitte spare no expense with training and improving the skills and capabilities of their staff, which is so important at the early stages of your career. The wide variety and stature of our clients provides Analysts with the opportunity to explore and specialise in a breadth of industries. I was offered a full time position at the end of my placement which was a very easy decision!

 

What work do you get involved in on a day to day basis?
Consulting is a bit livelier than most other office jobs! There is no ‘typical’ day to day role. A large part of the work we do is dependent on the client and type of project that we are undertaking. In just over a year I have worked all over London, as well as five month stints in both York and Edinburgh. The opportunity to work in so many locations is exciting and I’m sure it won’t be long until I am assigned to some work outside of the UK. 

Deloitte operate across all areas of Consulting work, from developing a strategy for a client right the way through to implementing and embedding the changes. As an Analyst, you can expect to get involved in all areas of this project life cycle. For example, one of my roles was software development whilst another was testing the final product. 

 

What do you like most about the office and region that you work in?
When I am not on client site, I work from the Deloitte Digital office in London. The office is quite a different environment to other Deloitte offices as Digital tend to operate in a slightly different fashion. So, for example, we are strongly urged to avoid wearing suits, the office is scattered with bean bags and sofas and there are all manners of gadgets in the office (including XBox’s, table tennis, 3D printers and even a mind-controlled nerf gun!). 

 

What is your top tip for working in your industry?
Technology is such a fast-paced industry. Sometimes, it can be difficult to keep up with the rapidity of change, so it is important to try and stay on top of what developments are occurring in the market. Deloitte are very supportive in this field and offer a variety of training and information, ranging from online learning courses to Technology newsletters. As an Analyst I would encourage you to get involved in as many training schemes as possible as Deloitte will be fully supportive of your development. 

 

Talk us through the most exciting project that you have worked on
I recently concluded a 5 week project with Prostate Cancer UK. Deloitte donated our services to the charity and we were tasked with assessing their current IT capabilities and making recommendations based on our findings. We interviewed a wide variety of employees across the firm and sent out a questionnaire to establish the maturity of their IT operations. The project required lots of client interaction and I was given a lot of responsibility right the way through the engagement. I found the project really rewarding and fulfilling, knowing that my contributions were making a difference to people affected by Prostate Cancer across the country.

 

What social, society and corporate responsibility activities have you been involved with at Deloitte?
Deloitte offer a huge variety of opportunities to engage in social and charitable activities, so much so that I am still discovering new ways in which we are contributing to programmes and events that have meaningful outputs for so many people. Our charitable work includes offering our services to chosen charities, organising sporting events and sponsoring employees to undertake charitable challenges all over the world. 

Furthermore, from day one we are encouraged to participate in internal societies and clubs, of which there is an abundance. It almost feels like being at university with the number of additional societies that are available to employees.

 

How has Deloitte played a role in your long term career goals?
I am yet to come across a firm that offers a greater level of training and support to their new employees. Deloitte place a strong emphasis on developing their talent and this is apparent from day one of joining the firm. Combined with the huge array of training opportunities, you will also develop a network of colleagues who are specialists in their chosen area and enthusiastic to share their knowledge with you. We operate in a very collaborative fashion and you can shape and mould your career development to suit your interests with Deloitte’s full support. 

 

What advice would you share to others considering a career in your industry?
Be open minded! I find it difficult to articulate what our work entails because it incorporates so many different things. Each project is unique and there is no danger of succumbing to a monotonous routine in something that you do not enjoy. Equally, it is important to be adaptable and flexible. Due to the nature of our work, you will be expected to travel to a whole host of locations, but I find that possibility exciting and embrace the idea of discovering new places.

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