Life at Deloitte
Tax Consultant - Global Employer Services
Dara was a Consultant in our Global Employer Services Tax team based in London. She joined Deloitte in 2010 and now studies Economics and Management at the University of Oxford.
What do you like most about your role?
My position as a Deloitte Scholar afforded me the opportunity to work within the Employment Consulting Opportunities department at this top global organisation for seven months. In this time I was able to gain a critical insight into the corporate and financial world while absorbing the dynamic and fast-paced atmosphere of the City. Moreover, working alongside professional experts meant that I was right at the forefront of exciting projects involving some of the largest firms on the international stage.
Where did you travel in your gap year?
Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.
What activities did you spend your travel bursary on?
Cultural visits to subdued temples and solemn museums were interwoven with mad motorbike rides through picturesque rice fields; indulgent whole body oil massages; relaxing mud bath treatments and eerie cave treks. In one hectic 20-hour day (in Luang Prabang, Laos), we were able to observe the sacred journey of monks through a neighbourhood (or to use a more technical term, we went monk-chasing!); ride and feed elephants bare back in a sanctuary; visit a waterfall park to go waterfall diving and then finally climb a 300-step pagoda to catch a memorable sunset over the majestic Mekong river. We also went tubing down a river with bars along its bank and rock climbing on perilous mountain faces (all done in Vang Vieng, Laos)!
Just generally travelling round Malaysia and Singapore. In Malaysia, we visited a bird sanctuary, got lost in an inner city rainforest at the heart of Kuala Lumpur, went squid fishing at midnight, jet skiing, island-hopping and snorkelling off the coast of the Pangkor islands.
Did you meet up with other scholars whilst travelling?
Yes I travelled with my friend Georgina from the scheme through Vietnam, Laos and Thailand.
I then met up with another friend from the scholar scheme and travelled to Malaysia and Singapore together.
What are the main benefits of joining the Deloitte Scholar Scheme?
The main benefits of joining the Deloitte Scholar Scheme is the fantastic life experience you get from taking part in this type of programme.
As well as working in a top global firm, I got to make some friends that I am sure I will keep for a very long time to come. It is particularly empowering to be surrounded by other young people your age with similar ambitions but a diverse range of opinions and backgrounds. This rich mix of people both within your scholar year group and your office department means that, as a scholar, you learn a whole host of new things very quickly indeed.
Undoubtedly, one of the most anticipated aspects of doing the Deloitte Scholarship Scheme was the opportunity to travel financially independent of my parents and with friends I had made over the course of the seven months working. Not only did the income I earned over the course of the seven months contribute to the trip but I was benefited from the generous Deloitte travel bursary awarded to all scholars! This meant that I was able to travel to places I never thought I could at such a young age!
Now that I am at university, I have come to really appreciate the Deloitte scholarship that pays half of my tuition fees. In particular, it means that I rely considerably less on student loans than many of my peers
What social, society and CSR activities have you been involved with at Deloitte?
I was invited to the office Christmas party, Christmas quiz, the office pool tournament as well as just general Friday drinks that take place every Friday evening for my office department. These were a wonderful opportunity to get to know colleagues and even senior partners and directors much better.
How is the Deloitte Scholar Scheme going to further your long term career ambitions?
The Deloitte Scholar Scheme has enhanced the quality of my CV and made me far more attractive to potential employers, which is incredibly valuable given the current state of the graduate market.
More importantly, doing the scheme has focussed my mind on the future and how I am able to shape the path of my career and take control of it.