Life at Deloitte
Industrial Placement student - Risk Advisory
Lauren joined Deloitte for her industrial placement year in Autumn 2013 as a Consultant in our Risk Advisory team based in Leeds. She was back at university studying Accounting & Finance at Nottingham Trent University and returned in Autumn 2015 on our graduate scheme.
Can you briefly describe your role and what you do?
It’s so hard to describe my job role because it varies so much! One day I could be having a relaxed day in the Leeds office, catching up with colleagues over a coffee and completing my work at a steady pace, and the next I could be catching an early morning train to London to attend a training course and the day after going to Manchester to hold a client meeting!
Typically, depending on the type of engagement and client that I am working on, I work in a relatively small team on a client site to complete a project, which could be anything from an IT Audit (testing IT Security controls) to reviewing an internal business process and investigating areas for improvement. I was given a high level of responsibility right from the start and have had a lot of interaction with clients.
What attracted you to the industry?
I wanted to work in a fast paced environment with structured career progression, as well as pursuing my career at a prestigious firm. I enjoy thinking analytically and problem solving but also wanted to work with people, so Professional Services seemed a clear path for me.
What do you enjoy most about working in this industry?
The people that I worked with really did make my placement an enjoyable one! I really enjoyed working in a team of like-minded people, but also being challenged and given a high level of responsibility. I like that the job varies so much, as working with different people and clients means that no two days are the same, which means that the work is always interesting!
What type of skills and characteristics does a student need to succeed within the industry?
You need to be able to manage your time efficiently, be adaptable and be eager to learn and ask questions. It is also important that you can build and maintain relationships with both colleagues and clients.
What one piece of advice would you give to students looking to enter the industry?
Research the company and service line that you are applying to thoroughly, and apply as early as possible. Also don’t be afraid to ask questions!