Life at Deloitte
Associate, Public Sector Audit & Advisory
Jack is an Associate in our Public Sector Sector Audit & Advisory team based in Nottingham. He joined Deloitte in September 2011 and studied Latin and Linguistics at the University of Manchester
What do you like most about your role?
Being given exposure to a wide range of different high profile clients, and being able to have some choice in the clients I’m assigned to. Also the continuous cycle of more theoretical college work and practical client work, as I feel this really reinforces what I’m learning.
What didn't you know, but wish you had known when applying and joining Deloitte?
Just how much support is given to new starters. I first considered applying in 2009 but thought I would be out of my depth, especially as my degree was in a completely unrelated discipline. But the internal training really doesn’t assume any prior knowledge, and everyone’s really supportive and happy to help explain things.
What aspects of your degree do you feel support you in your role and success at Deloitte?
The content of my degree doesn’t have any direct relevance to my role at Deloitte, but being able to understand and explain abstract concepts and technical methods has been important in helping learn new material and discuss accounting information with colleagues and clients – as well as time management skills, learning techniques and IT competencies.
What qualifications are you working towards and what support are you getting?
The ICAEW’s ACA qualification, which has 15 different modules at different levels covering a range of topics including accounting, assurance and tax.
I’ve passed 5 exams already and take another 3 in September. By the end of my first year I’ll have had 10 weeks off work at college, another few days for self study. Everyone in the years above has been through the same qualification process so can offer help and advice when you need it.
The college have a website with online learning resources in addition to their own workbooks and those provided by ICAEW. It’s hard work but there’s plenty of support and everyone’s in the same position.
What work do you get involved in on a day to day basis at Deloitte?
My work falls into two distinct areas: audit (corporate and public sector clients) and advisory (public sector).
Audit involves working at the client’s site, carrying out testing of the annual accounts based on discussions with clients and examining financial documents and calculations. Advisory work is more office based, and covers a wider range of different types of project.
Among others, I’ve worked on a review of local councils’ income sources and a quality & performance report for a NHS Trust.
How do you deliver or contribute impact, leadership or innovation in your role?
I’ve only been at the firm for 8 months, but already I’ve been able to improve a process that existed in the collection and analysis of client data with some innovative use of spreadsheets.
The managers I’ve worked with have been keen to encourage any new approaches to improve the quality and efficiency of the work we’re performing.
What social, society and CSR activities have you been involved with at Deloitte?
I’ve attended a number of social events since starting: informal meals for my year group, monthly office drinks, team meetings hosted by my partner, the office Christmas dinner and the ICAEW’s annual ball.
I’ve also helped a little with graduate recruitment, which is an area in which I’m planning to get more involved with over the next year.
How has Deloitte played a role in your long term career goals?
I’ve only really just started in my career at Deloitte, but I feel sure that the range and quality of experience I’m already getting from the work I’m involved with and the people I’m working with will prepare me well for whatever direction I head in, as well giving me a greater awareness of the opportunities that exist both within Deloitte and externally.
A structured career management programme exists to encourage you to gain new skills and proactively manage your career, and this is helpful in focussing your day-to-day activities against your personal short and long term objectives.