Life at Deloitte

Lawrence Ball

Analyst, Consulting - Technology, Delivery

I studied a 4 year sandwich course in Management Sciences at Loughborough University. I did a 12-month placement with Deloitte in 2012/13 and experienced a great range of clients, projects and development opportunities. After the first six-weeks of training I was put on a project at the BBC, which was a great first project and I am still in touch with the whole team! After this I moved on through a number of different clients and industries, continuously learning along the way. I was offered a graduate position at the end of my placement and returned in 2014 to begin my full-time role. 

 

What work do you get involved in on a day to day basis?
There is a huge variety of tasks that are done on a day to day basis. A number of things that I have been involved with are gathering business requirements, holding workshops and interviews, developing operating models and running the project management on a project. I have worked in many different locations around the UK with different clients – a great aspect of the job if you enjoy travelling! 

 

What do you like most about the office and region that you work in?
When I am working from our offices, I am based in the Stonecutter Court building on our main London campus. Working on the London campus means that you are never far from many friends and colleagues. For me, that includes the huge intake of analysts that I joined with on my placement year, the 2014 cohort, and also many friends I have made during my time on project. 

 

What is your top tip for working in your industry?
I recommend keeping up to date with new technologies and how they affect business. Technology is such an important factor in business today and knowing what is available will enable you to serve your clients more effectively. I’d also urge new analysts to attend training courses in areas that they are interested in. This will enable you to get involved in more pieces of work that you enjoy. 

 

Talk us through the most exciting project that you have worked on
My first project at the BBC consisted of a large number of interviews, workshops and assessments to improve the Future Media part of the company. This required a high level of client interaction and enabled me to develop interpersonal skills very quickly. I also had the opportunity to work closely with the COO of the department. I made many friends on this project – both from Deloitte and the BBC – and it ignited my passion for working in the Media sector. 

 

What social, society and corporate responsibility activities have you been involved with at Deloitte?
There are always opportunities to get involved at Deloitte on an extra-curricular level. A wide range of societies are available that give you the opportunity to make new friends, develop new skills and build relationships with colleagues. I am part of many societies including the Surf Club, the French Language Society and the Adventure Sports Club.

In addition to these, there is also huge scope to work with, and contribute to, charitable organisations. Deloitte puts on a huge variety of charity events and challenges that anyone can get involved with. This includes trekking in Africa, charity nights out and the Deloitte Ride Across Britain, which I will be completing omn 2014!

 

How has Deloitte played a role in your long term career goals?
The training and development opportunities available at Deloitte are simply extraordinary. It only took a few hours on my first day to realise that training is a very important area that Deloitte invest heavily in. There is a huge number of instructor-led courses, online learning and recorded sessions that you can use to develop your skills. In addition to this, Deloitte have a culture of knowledge sharing and teaching. Every colleague I have worked with has been willing to take time out and give support, enabling rapid development of my business and technical skills. 

 

What advice would you share to others considering a career in your industry?
My first piece of advice is “Get involved with things that interest you!” It is a well-known fact that you perform better when doing something that you enjoy and this is definitely true for work. Getting involved with societies and working in your area of interest will make your time at Deloitte very rewarding.

My second piece of advice is “Be humble in your learning and NEVER stop!” The ability to learn continuously in this industry is priceless. As the world changes and as technology changes, new skills and attributes are needed to be effective in your role. 

My third and final piece of advice is “If you don’t know, ask!” Even though there is a huge array of training opportunities available, I believe that most learning happens on the job and mainly from asking for people’s advice, support and experience.  People at Deloitte are more than willing to help and this is a great asset to be able to use.  

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