1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I'm an analyst at Deloitte and sit within consulting where fundamentally my op unit advises clients in on their technology strategy and helps clients become more automated and digitally mature. Due to the fact I sit within consulting and that means our work is project based, no day is the same and my role and responsibilities vary depending on what project I am on.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I've been on various training courses to help improve my technical skills with specific vendors. I've improved soft skills such as business writing, presentation, organisational skills and skills I underestimated the importance of before hand on PowerPoint and excel. I've also developed some basic skills in coding in Python and SQL which I've found to be really useful in the workplace.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy it, there's so many other people your age and in the cohorts above. the general culture at Deloitte is really supportive, friendly, motivating and encouraging. I especially like how many extra things that go on all the time from socials, to lunch and learns to breakfasts.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
the structure is very clear as there's a lot of resources to help clarify things as well as various support structures you can reach out to if you have questions. Currently I attend college every 6 weeks for 1 week which is useful because it means I can focus on degree work and college and work work whilst at work. There are also regular feedback sessions on the structure so that it constantly improves. The main improvement with the structure needs to happen with the college that we attend for our degree, it is good however could definitely be better organised.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There's a lot of support in my apprenticeship and at every level. People are very willing to help and I feel like I know who I should reach out to for different things. There's also specific support for different areas in both formal and informal ways. There are regular lunch and learns, breaksfasts, catch ups with your coach, dean, and people leaders as well as general support between other apprentices and your buddy.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
I receive a fair amount. I think this is the main area of improvement with ADA college as I feel that it is hard to communicate with them once we have left for our week at college with any follow up questions on coursework etc. In general though it is well supported and people in Deloitte are very understanding about college and work if you communicate with them and give them enough notice.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I think it is very useful. It is quite a technical degree but realistically it is equipping me with the new skills that are being demanded at work. It has also given me a very good context and background knowledge of topics that are constantly at the forefront of the project work we work on in Consulting. If my qualification hadn't have covered this then I do feel that I would be playing catch up and feel more lost around key topics.
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.)
there's too many socials to go to! there's socials for your wider area, your specific op unit, analyst ones, Brightstart ones and any other networks that you get involved in. They're all really fun and are great ways to expand your network! Over the Christmas period there's 2/3 events per week.
9a. Would you recommend Deloitte to a friend?
It's fun. Lots of career progression opportunities. A lot of interesting work to be done. So much going on in the firm to get involved in, you really can follow your interests and make your job fun. People are really nice and the environment of work is very supportive, friendly and rewarding.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Deloitte?
Be a friendly and approachable person, be open to trying new things. Express an interest in the initiatives Deloitte gets involved in (charity work etc), their goals and ambitions as a firm and look into technology trends and how this might affect the area of Deloitte/ the type of work it does that you're applying for.