Analyst at Deloitte

Start Date:
2017
Location:
London
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
Salary:
£30,000 annually
Review Date:
April 2019

Review Score

8.4 /10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:

7/10

I work in the Global Mobility tax department, working on tax compliance and consulting for multinational companies and their employees. I answer to their tax queries and prepare, review their UK tax returns. I work alongside the team to make sure that their global move is as smooth as possible. I collaborate with the team to deliver the work and ensure the highest level of quality.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?

10/10

I have developed my communication skills, writing skills & other soft skills. From a technical point of view, I completed the ATT qualification and I'm on route to complete the CTA qualification. I've learnt so much about expat tax and also had good awareness of other areas of tax.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

8/10

The work itself can be boring at times because you are constantly improving an existing process. It would be better if more can be automated through technology and there is more focus on consulting work. The team is great though, I love working with everyone on the team. The company culture is really relaxed and quite flexible, really trying to help you perform.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?

8/10

The programme is quite well structured. The firm pays for college study, paid leave and also for exams. We get a lot of support from the training provider and they hold regular check-ins with us to make sure that we are on track on our development. However, the level is quite low if you are a high achiever. There is no exception for you to speed up the training programme. If I wanted to do other qualifications, the firm does not support it either.

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?

8/10

There is a dedicated study team which helps us schedule college study and exams. The communications are smooth for me but I've heard others have had horrible experiences. After all, I didn't modify any of my exam schedules. Whereas I understand it can be a bit difficult if you want to change your exam times etc.

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?

9/10

The training provider sets goals and asks you to complete development tasks so that they make sure you progress well throughout the apprenticeship. However, from my personal experience, I think the level of apprenticeship is too low and I'm not developing and learning as I hoped. I have graduated from university and attending an apprenticeship aiming for 16-18 year olds is just not something you enjoy. The training provider understands my (and a lot of others) frustration and they try their best to accommodate our needs.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?

7/10

It definitely helped me build up my tax technical knowledge. I developed more of the soft skills part at the job. However, I don't see why I can't do the qualification as self-study. It really depends on your personal learning style. Having a classroom college session and learning at slow pace is just not for me.

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.)

10/10

I attended LGBT society network drinks and activities. I also took part in charity challenges and was an active member of the Spanish society. It just depends on what you are interested in, it is a large firm and you can always find something you are interested in. You get to develop your management skills too.

9a. Would you recommend Deloitte to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

great place for starting your career - great development programme if you compared to smaller firms. You are here for the experience and the whole experience is something you don't usually get in other smaller firms. You get a lot of client exposure early on and you interact with many great minds.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Deloitte?

really try to demonstrate that you are keen on the service line you are joining. You need evidence to map out your skills and see whether you can rise up to the challenge when the occasion arrives. Let it be soft skills or technical skills. Be truthful on what you want as well, don't pretend that you like something. Career is important, if you go on something you don't like for 5 years or so, it gets a lot harder to move at that point.

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