Life at Deloitte

Dan McDonough

Director, Risk Advisory

Dan is a Director in our Risk Advisory business and is an active supporter of the DMTTP, in his role as Director of Transition and Training he ensures that new joiners have access to the right support during their transition into the firm.

What were your reasons for joining Deloitte?

I joined Deloitte from HSBC as an experienced hire and I have no military background and had few military connections prior to joining Deloitte. However, I think the reasons I joined the firm ring true whatever background one joins the firm with – the quality of the talent and depth of expertise here; and the variety of experience and breadth of client engagements. It is a firm which provides a challenging and fulfilling career among great people.


What do you think are the most important transferable skills and experiences that can be brought from the military?

As a civilian, the skills and experience I most admire amongst those joining us from the forces are:

  • Professionalism and pride in what they are doing
  • Leadership and team playing;
  • Motivation and ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Problem solving abilities; and
  • Their network – they simply join us with the kind of ready-made professional network that we civilians have had to work years to develop.


What work do you get involved in on a day to day basis?

I am the Director of the DMTTP Transition and Training which means that my role is to ensure those that join from the forces have access to the right learning resources, mentors, buddies, advisors and work-shadowing opportunities to enable a smooth transition into the firm.


What is the biggest culture shock that you believe the ex-military community faces when first starting in professional services/Deloitte?

My perception is that it does take time for people to settle into corporate life because naturally any corporate environment is going to be less adrenaline fueled and adventurous and that kind of camaraderie is very hard to replace. Once people find their niche and understand they are making an impact, be it on their team, their clients or society, the step change in their performance is noticeable.


What do you like most about your role?

As alluded to above, I like the people I work with, the variety of the work and working with new and interesting clients. I particularly enjoy the Transition role, though, because it is exciting to see such a huge pipeline of talent available for us to tap into and develop and to be able to see very good results in the short-term in our work environment and on our client engagements.


Tips for joining Deloitte with the right mind set

I think my main tips would be: to get involved in as many different projects, industries and teams as you can; to build up your experience of the fundamentals of whichever part of the firm you have joined by getting your hands dirty as early as possible; and to make the most of the learning resources Deloitte will put at your fingertips.


How do you deliver impact, leadership and innovation in your role?

In my role, I deliver leadership and impact through our Transition programme and need to ensure our package of training and work experience is up to date and meets the needs of our ex-military intake both in terms of content and delivery mechanism. 


What social, society and CSR activities have you been involved with at Deloitte?

Mainly DMTTP.


How has Deloitte played a role in your long term career goals?

One thing that should be of some comfort to those joining us in civilian life for the first time – after nearly 9 years in the firm, I still feel like the new boy. We are always innovating, often developing new services, propositions and offerings, working with new clients or changing our business, so I would say Deloitte supports my long-term goals by remaining an interesting place to be and equipping me to meet the new career challenges ahead.

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