1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As an analyst, I mostly assist managers on client engagements. The role largely involves admin work - client due diligence processes, client take on work and billing processes. As you progress, you will take on more technical work, which involves researching key topics and drafting deliverables to be sent to the client.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
To qualify, you are required to sit exams (12 in your first 2 years, and a further 4 in the 3rd year I believe). Deloitte allows you to take off paid study leave so you can go to college, and for some extra revision.
Besides these formal exams, there are also additional training courses provided by Deloitte. Some are residential (learning technical knowledge) and some are virtual classes where you can learn specific skills (e.g. excel).
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I do enjoy my programme - that's why I'm still doing it !
One of the greatest things about working a Deloitte is the people. Cliché I know, but true. You don't understand the significance of a good team until you start working 9-5 daily. The people here are honestly some of the most intelligent people I've met, yet they remain humble and patient. No-one makes you feel stupid or like an inconvenience for not knowing something they all want you to do well.
I can honestly, the culture there is what keeps me at Deloitte.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I am impressed by the structure/organisation.
From the very start of the programme, there is an induction and training scheme planned, which allows you to network with others in your intake (and other grades). Here you are taught the basics of the role you are going into, so at to not throw you into the deep end.
In the first week of the programme you are given an exam timetable showing you the dates of your exams and college for the next 2 years.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
You can tell that Deloitte has put a lot of thought into how they can provide the best support.
Upon joining the company we were assigned a buddy who would help us settle into the team, and could be our informal 'go-to' person.
On a more formal level, you are assigned someone a few grades above you to be your coach. This person helps you determine your objectives for the year and keeps you on track so you can achieve them.
The support is certainly there for those who want it.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
I understand that we will now be receiving more support from our tutors going forwards, but this hasn't always been the case.
During exam periods, the tutors are available on email and phone to answer any questions you have, but I have found that to be only for a short period of time.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
So far, most of what I have learnt (exam-wise) through the apprenticeship has not been very applicable to my current role. However, I feel that if you are in audit/assurance, then it would be a lot more applicable for you.
Ethics - a topic covered in every exam you sit - has been relevant though, and will continue to be relevant throughout my career.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
Deloitte are certainly good when it comes to social events. There is always something happening on a regular basis, so people can network if they wish.
There are societies available for those with niche interests, which everyone is welcome to join.
When not working, I am often at the gym or watching Netflix !
9a. Would you recommend Deloitte to a friend?
For the reasons outline above - the fantastic culture, the support system offered and the ability to learn from some of the best.
Whilst the Big 4 may be similar in what they offer - in terms of client work - I genuinely believe Deloitte stands out because of its culture. Everyone genuinely wants you to do well, and will take time out to assist you,
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Deloitte?
Be yourself. You want to make sure that Deloitte is right for you, and that you will fit in - you can't find this out if you aren't yourself at interview stages. Remember, you'll spend most of your time with your colleagues, so you need to be somewhere where you fit in and can look forward to going in the morning. Good luck !
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