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We've reached out to number of members from the Deloitte Globe Network to find about their plans for Pride in London 2017, and to find out more about their individual stories and any tips they can share for the parade!
Mihaela Jembei, Consultant, Risk Advisory: Acceptance and support is important
Deloitte has an inclusive culture; it’s open to women and people from different backgrounds in terms of education, race and sexuality. I’d heard lots of great things about the firm, from people at my university, King’s College London, and outside. Deloitte’s inclusivity was a differentiating factor for me.
I joined the Graduate Programme in September 2016, as a Consultant in the Cyber department within Risk Advisory. Cyber involves many different things and is often in the news. I can debunk the myth that you need very technical skills to work here; you don’t. It’s been a wonderful journey and I’m so happy I decided to work here.
I joined the GLOBE network quite recently, as I want to attend Pride this year. It will be my first time, despite living in London for almost 4 years. I also want to get to know more people from outside my department; to find likeminded people across the firm. GLOBE matters to me. I’m from Moldova, where views about Pride are different. Being who you are, having acceptance and support, and not being afraid of repercussions is important. Being able to express yourself is often overlooked, but it’s such an important thing. GLOBE is a great avenue for that.
Of course, London is one of the best places in the world to express yourself. I’ve heard amazing things about Pride. For me, it’s the next step in standing up for who I am, by joining other people in a celebration of love and happiness.
Laurie Rutter, Analyst, Consulting: Deloitte has provided an opportunity for me to actually get involved
A couple of years ago, I stood at the side of Regents Street watching people walk past but I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never properly been involved in Pride before. Being at Deloitte has provided an opportunity for me to get more involved this year and I can’t wait – it’s going to be fun!
I joined Deloitte as a graduate in September 2016. Before then, I spent two years working at a start-up. It was a fantastic opportunity and a difficult decision to leave, but I decided to join Deloitte to get more formal training, to meet more people and work on a variety of projects.
I signed up to GLOBE as soon as I joined the firm. I’d previously attended a GLOBE Insight Day and I guess it was one of the reasons I was keen to join Deloitte. Since then, I’ve been involved in our buddy scheme - anyone who joins GLOBE can request a buddy and I pair them up with an existing GLOBE member.
But the main thing I’ve been doing with GLOBE is helping to improve trans inclusion at the firm. Deloitte recently launched a gender expression and transition policy to support employees who identify as anything other than cisgender, which basically means born female and identify as female, or vice versa.
I was involved in launching the policy in March this year. Since then, we’ve run two trans awareness training sessions with R&I advisors, HR, legal and some volunteers from the GLOBE steering committee. They have become our trans champions. The next step is to spread awareness and encourage inclusion at the firm more widely.
We caught up with our very own Jess Holden on what work life is like as a Graduate in Audit & Assurance and the experiences she has been through so far. Jess graduated from Durham University with combined Honours in Arts (History and Economics) in June 2016. She joined Deloitte in September 2016 and is currently based in our Edinburgh office. Curious about what she has to say? Check out her accounts below:
What does your day-to-day role involve?
I work as part of one of the larger teams in Deloitte’s Edinburgh office, auditing an investment management company. Day-to-day I am out at the client site, with the rest of the team. I started with no prior audit experience, but everyone was willing to find time to explain things, and answer any questions. We have regular catch-ups within the team to check on everyone’s process, which made me feel included from day one. Importantly, Deloitte’s graduates interact with clients right from the start of the programme. It’s great to know that work you’re doing is actually contributing to the wider audit.
Did you feel ready to be working with clients on real projects so soon after joining?
It may sound daunting, but everyone is supportive and will make sure you’re prepared to go to the client with any issues. The good thing about working on such a big team is that you are always learning, and can pick up new skills as you go along. So far I've also spent 50% of my time at ICAS [the Instituted of Chartered Accountants of Scotland] studying for my chartered accountancy exams. Deloitte is really supportive of this, and I get to pretend I’m still a student for a little while longer!
Why did you choose to apply to Deloitte?
I applied to Deloitte at the start of my final year at Durham University, as the challenge of working for a company at the top of its game particularly appealed. Then the more research I did about the firm throughout the application process, the more I found it to be a friendly and approachable place that really cared about its people. I felt working for Deloitte would not only be the initial challenge I hoped for, but would also help me develop my skills and forge a successful career long-term.
How did you find Deloitte’s application process?
The application process was fast and fairly straightforward in comparison to others I’ve experienced. I found a lot of guidance on the Deloitte website, which helped me answer the initial application questions. Once I’d got through the first few rounds of online tests, the process was all with real people at the Edinburgh Office.
What were your interviews like?
The manager at my interview was friendly and put me at ease straight away. It felt they really wanted to get to know me, and answered all my questions about the firm and the role. For the Partner interview I had to prepare a PowerPoint presentation on audit rotation. At first this seemed a little daunting. But again, in reality, I found the Partner to be friendly and approachable and interested in the points I put forward. The rest of the interview was relaxed and chatty, which gave me a good impression of the welcoming nature of the firm. Importantly, I heard back after each round the very next day. And, when I was eventually offered a place on the Deloitte graduate programme, the manager who conducted my first round interview reached out to congratulate me personally. It was a small but nice touch that gave me a really good feeling about joining Deloitte.
What advice would you give to graduates considering applying to Deloitte?
Make sure you do your research, but no-one’s expecting you to know everything about Deloitte or the role. The important thing is just to be yourself, and show your enthusiasm for the role you’re applying for. And don’t be afraid to ask your interviewer questions.
What do you like most about working at Deloitte?
The people are what makes it. Both as a year group of grads, and within my team, the people have been welcoming, approachable and friendly. Like any job, we sometimes have to work long hours, but the team spirit is always high. Working for a large company such as Deloitte also has the social benefits too. Whether it is team drinks, an office-wide 10k or even touch rugby, there’s always something going on.
What’s your next step?
Once I’ve qualified, I plan to take advantage of the global nature of Deloitte; hopefully taking part in the secondment programme that offers the chance to work in other offices across the world. After that I am unsure, but I know that whatever happens there are so many different opportunities available within Deloitte itself. I am also confident that the skills I have developed so far, and will continue to develop throughout my time at Deloitte, will provide numerous opportunities to further my career in the future.
Up for a challenge and a career in Audit & Assurance? Here's your opportunity to find out more about joining us and work with friendly and approachable people from senior management to graduates.
We've asked our Deloitte Digital colleagues to give us a quick tip sheet for those looking at a career in programming.
Eóin and Jacob are our resident iOS developers who specialises in user-experience-focused apps. From flying drones in North Wales, to attending LGBTQ late opening and working recruit new graduates to join Deloitte Digital so there's never a dull day!
Get ready, here's their insights and tips to starting a career in programming:
- Interest in Coding - As an engineering applicant you need to be able to code some. But if you didn’t do it at university, proving you’re interested by teaching yourself is a great way to get an edge. Use Udacity, Big Nerd Ranch or Ray Wenderlich for beginner-level tutorials. Showcase your projects and get inspiration from others with GitHub.
- Commercial Awareness - Be sure to keep up-to-date on recent business news and understand current world events. Read the Financial Times or the Economist critically to develop this.
- Work Experience - For many places, this is a must as it proves you can operate in a workplace environment.
- Extra Curricular Activities - Have you been in a band? Have you helped run a society at university? Played in a sports team? All of these show dedication and develop key soft skills.
- Previous Entrepreneurial Endeavours - Selling t-shirts on your website or making profit on an event you set up all count!
- Being Friendly & Approachable - The seemingly banal trait of being a nice person actually goes a long long way in landing a job at Deloitte.
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As an 18 year old, I understand the life-changing decisions that school leavers face. That’s why I want to give an insight into what it’s really like to make the jump from school to the world of work. Here’s the story of my first few exciting months as a Deloitte apprentice.
Unclear about my future
At first I was very sceptical about my future. The majority of my friends were applying for University, attending open days, and anticipating an exciting three years in a completely new environment. But something didn’t feel right for me; my gut instinct stopped me from applying. If you feel University isn’t for you, it’s good to know that there are other fantastic opportunities that can lead to a successful career.
Deloitte intrigued me. Having spoken to people who’d worked at the firm for a while, it was clear that the opportunities here were endless. And I just knew that applying (and hopefully being accepted) would go on to be the best thing I ever did. The recruitment process was challenging, but definitely enjoyable. We were able to speak to the previous intake of apprentices during the assessment day, which helped ease my nerves and gave me some pointers for the interview. Not only was the whole assessment day really well organised, but the communication prior to the day itself was really calming.
A positive start
From the outset, I’ve felt trusted and treated like an adult. For example, we were all invited to a 3-day induction away from home, in Liverpool. This was a great opportunity to get to know each other and build a strong bond before entering the office environment. And it was a perfect way to start the 12-month apprenticeship.
Easing in to our first week
There’s no need to worry about being thrown straight in the deep end. Although the work is challenging, you’re eased into working full-time and taking on tasks by yourself. We were given a group project to start with, which tested our team work and initiative – two very important skills for every successful Deloitte employee. For some, the dress code can be a worry, but you can wear anything ‘Business Casual’, from shirt and trousers to a full suit.
Plenty of support
Every apprentice is supported by a mentor, throughout their apprenticeship. Your mentor can answer any questions you have, from general queries about a task to your future career prospects. You name it; they’ll find an answer to it. This has really helped me with my progression and has inspired me to become a mentor in the near future.
College work and the qualification
Part of the Entry-Level apprenticeship involves studying for a Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration. The course is very enjoyable and college lessons (once a fortnight) are relaxed, yet informative. Every other Tuesday, you are given time to revise, and I find this very beneficial.
I’ve never felt under pressure or unable to attain excellent college results. This is because we have great resources. We have full access to the college, including the library, which is stocked with course-related material. We’re given brand new tablets to access online revision material and contribute to our e-Portfolio. And we have dedicated time to study as a group – I found this a very effective revision tool.
I was unsure what to expect in terms of the workload, but I soon found out and adapted to the Engagement Support Centre’s system. You’re an assistant for certain engagement teams around the UK, but can end up completing tasks for colleagues all over the world.
If work coming in from your teams is minimal, you can ask the assigners for ad-hoc opportunities. This exposes you to a very wide range of tasks: anything from running reports to booking hotels. The variety is one of the main reasons I feel this apprenticeship is a great way to kick start your career.
Expanding your network starts on your very first day – at induction. It was a bit like the TV show ‘The Apprentice’, as we were given a task to complete with people from all over the UK, who we’d never met before. This was really enjoyable and brought us Cardiff Apprentices even closer; they feel like friends I’ve had forever.
Since then, I’ve been asked to travel to London to assist with a new Excel system that analyses Budget to Actual Hours. This was an exciting opportunity for me, as I’d never travelled to London on my own before. And I got the chance to speak to lots of people and find out how the work varies from office to office. Opportunities like this don’t come around often for 18 year olds.
An amazing chance to make an impact
If you’re willing to work hard, and want to make an impact, this could well be for you. You don’t have to go to University; there are amazing alternative opportunities and the Deloitte Apprenticeships are definitely one of them.
What’s it like to join Deloitte as an apprentice?
My name’s Lauren and here’s my story.
I’m part of the 2016 Entry-level apprenticeship scheme, based in Cardiff. Although I’ve only been with the firm a short while, I’ve enjoyed every second of my time on the scheme.
Dyslexia didn’t hold me back
The apprenticeship recruitment process was pretty thorough, which meant it was long, but very rewarding. Because I have dyslexia, I didn’t really think I’d get through it; I really lacked confidence, so I was completely humbled when I was shortlisted. In total, eleven of us were successful. Now we’re all together on the apprenticeship, supporting each other, and we all get along well.
Getting to know each other
We spent the first three days of the apprenticeship on induction in Liverpool, with Deloitte apprentices from all over the UK. It was exciting to meet all these new people and get to know each other.
The programme was amazingly well prepared and choreographed, with a presenter who was brilliantly engaging. We were given tasks to complete in groups, with people we’d only just met, and we were never in the same group more than once. This meant we got to meet everyone and share ideas. My only regret is that we didn’t swap details; I’d really like to have stayed in contact and built relationships with colleagues across the country. If I had my time again…
Our final induction included an overnight stay in London. This was completely different to Liverpool, as we were left to our own devices. That meant navigating the tube, and the hotel lift… no really, you’d be surprised how long that took to work out! But between the eleven of us, we finally got to our rooms.
Now we’ve settled in to work. And it’s such a friendly office. I know everyone on my floor and have already had many opportunities for extra responsibility and progression. It’s wonderful to feel part of something, to feel equal and in the same place as everyone else. We get on so well as a team.
Another bonus is – as well as free tea and coffee – we get free fruit, as they encourage healthy eating here. It’s a small thing that makes a big difference.
We’re studying hard too
As well as on-the-job experience, we work towards a Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration too. To pass the apprenticeship, we need to achieve 58 credits or more. So far, we’ve sat a 15-question exam on ‘employee rights and responsibilities’, which covered things like business laws and policies, as well as minimum wage and equality in the workplace.
Currently, we’re working towards ‘principles of business communication and information’. This includes different types of business documents, and good and bad practice involved. It’s all useful and interesting stuff.
My future opportunities
Once I’ve completed my apprenticeship, my options are open. I can stay here in Cardiff and continue to build on my knowledge and experience. Or I could apply to join the BrightStart Higher Apprenticeship scheme. Which means working towards becoming fully qualified in a professional field. I’ve decided I’d like to continue in the office, until I have enough knowledge and confidence to progress.
The Best Bits
My Deloitte apprenticeship so far has been a wonderful experience. I’ve already progressed, met so many people, and developed many skills. I’d recommend it to anyone who’s interested in developing and learning in a supportive environment. Even if you’re not confident, apply; you’ll find you’ve got more abilities than you might think. And it opens up so many opportunities.
Diolch am darllen :)
Laura Harvey is a Professional Standards Review (PSR) manager in the Newcastle office. Since joining the firm in 2015 she has worked on a part-time basis and comes into the office only three days a week so that she can spend more time with her children. She flexes her work hours to arrive and leave an hour earlier than standard office hours, working from 8am to 4.30pm instead of 9am to 5.30pm.
Laura says, “The Deloitte agile working approach allows me to maximise the amount of quality time I get to spend with my two young children, whilst maintaining the career I worked so hard to achieve. I really do believe that I have the best of both worlds and a healthy balance that works for both me and my family. I think it’s incredibly innovative to recognise and appreciate that a ‘one size fits all’ contract could mean missing out on some of the best talent in the market and ultimately impact upon staff morale.”
Since its introduction in June 2014, agile working has proven to be one of the most popular and innovative ways in which Deloitte has shaped its culture. From informally flexing working hours to formally changing contracted work days and hours, agile working covers a broad spectrum of options and can be tailored to fit all kinds of lifestyles. It is a concrete example of Deloitte’s commitment to an agile and inclusive working environment that benefits both the firm and its employees.
Agile working is based on the three core principles of trust & respect, focus on output and open two-way communication.
Trust & respect
The approach nurtures a relationship of trust and respect between Deloitte and its employees. It gives employees the freedom to tailor their working arrangements so they can enjoy non-work commitments and priorities, but also ensure they’re delivering the quality output the firm expects of them. Deloitte recognises that employees who feel trusted to manage their work deliverables flexibly are more inclined to perform at their best in the workplace.
Agile working allows flexibility and even reduced hours, but this is not driven by a lack of commitment or interest in the job. Before adopting an agile working arrangement, staff must carefully consider the impact of their proposed work arrangements on their respective teams and on their job performance.
Laura is of course not the only employee to grasp the opportunities afforded by agile working:
Carey Stuart from the Newcastle office works two full days a week in the office and two mornings at home to fit in with her children’s school and pre-school hours. She enjoys being able to do the school runs three days a week, to still have some quality time with her family, while enjoying the challenges and stimulation that work provides.
“For me, our agile working approach is key to ensuring we’re retaining a very talented and dedicated pool of people that, for one reason or another, don’t want to (or can’t) have the working hours of a full time role. The reduction in hours does not show less dedication to your job. It’s purely that you are sharing that dedication with another part of your life right now. Being able to maintain the balance of work life and home life, and not prioritising one over the other, is extremely valuable and I feel very fortunate that I’ve found a role at Deloitte that allows me to do that,” says Carey, a PSR senior manager.
Focus on output
Deloitte holds the view that performance should be based on the quality of work and not on the number of hours spent in the office. Although everyone has a contracted workplace, there is an option to work from any Deloitte office, from a client site, from home or even at a public location as long as this does not cause any conflict with the firm’s privacy and security policies.
“Giving people the freedom of agile working doesn’t automatically mean that everyone disappears from the office. Being given this option means that, when I do need to work away from the office, there is no stress or worry attached to not being sat my desk. I think our agile working culture also erodes the negative impact that presenteeism can have: lots of us aren’t at our desk all hours of the day and it is recognised that our teams can be equally or more productive when working in an agile way. What this has meant for me this year, during my wife’s pregnancy, is that I have been able to attend whatever medical appointments she had and make up for the time I missed later in the day” shares David Robinson, a PSR manager in Newcastle.
While agile working has helped a lot of working parents within the firm, the option is not limited to them. It is open to all employees who wish to achieve a good balance between their work and personal commitments.
Taisheen Anver Khan, a PSR manager from the London office, appreciated how agile working was beneficial during Ramadan: “Agile working was helpful, as my sleeping and eating patterns varied from normal.”
Open two-way communication
Having open two-way communication is key to making agile working a success. The firm encourages employees to discuss proposed changes in working arrangements openly with their manager to achieve a solution that works for everyone. Formal changes have trial periods and working arrangements are continuously under review to ensure the arrangement is working for all parties.
Suzanne Green, a Newcastle PSR manager, says “Agile working was a key factor in choosing my current job. At the moment I can easily flex my hours to fit in everything from fitness classes to visiting my family who live over 200 miles away, by keeping my team at work informed about my schedule.”
Over the two and a half years that agile working has been in place, early indications are that it has had a measurable positive impact on employee engagement. The firm is continuing to monitor the effectiveness of its flexible working strategy and is committed to improving the experience for all its people.
Read more of our agile working stories here.
It was a proud night for our colleagues in Wales as one of their apprentices took home the Apprentice Award.
Rob Young joined Deloitte in September 2015 as part of the newly created Cardiff Apprenticeship programme. Our partnership with Cardiff & Vale College (CAVC) allows us to offer on-the-job business administration experience to people across the region. Rob joined the Tax GES Centre of Excellence Team in Cardiff on a 12-month apprenticeship.
Red carpet moment
Fast forward 12 months: Rob was chosen from CAVC learners across all curriculum areas for his outstanding achievements in the year, and took home the Apprenticeship Award for the 2015-16 academic year. Congratulations!
What’s next? Rob successfully applied to the Audit BrightStart programme which started in September 2016. It combines on-the-job learning with study towards a professional qualification, and comes with a salary and benefits too.
Good to know
We know that a traditional university degree is not right for everyone. If you know someone that would rather get a head start in their career and start earning while they learn, BrightStart may well be a better option – find out more.
Paying homage to our fondness of brain-teasers, every month we post a new challenge created by the Forensic Technology team, focusing on logical, analytical and coding problems.
Analysing data for patterns/trends is an important part of what we do in Forensic Technology. With this in mind we have returned to our programming roots for this month’s challenge. Can you write a script to solve the below…?
i) What are the factors of 379065191139531?
ii) What connects 35432488 with these numbers: 806095675586097, 7405814774826 and 379065191139531
We’ll be posting our Python based solution next month at which point we will bid you farewell for the year. We hope to be back next year with more puzzles but in a different format so make sure you keep an eye out for our return!
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What's the answer?
For the final time this year we present our solution to the challenge we have set you:
i) Below is the code we used in Python 3.5 to calculate the factors of 379065191139531:
ii) As alluded to in part i) the first step to solving ii) is to get the factors of 806095675586097, 7405814774826 and 379065191139531. The next part is not so obvious. First we need the common factors of the 3 numbers we were just looking at. Then with some outside-the-box thinking we sum over these common factors to arrive at 35432488.
The code to do this is below:
We hope to be back next year bigger and better so keep a look out for future posts.
My name is Daniel Williams, I am one out of the ten first business administration apprentices working for Deloitte in Cardiff. Throughout my apprenticeship I have worked on the Deloitte Business Support Team and currently am working on the Regulatory Compliance Team. Back in April I shared my experiences in my first blog “My week as an apprentice in Cardiff”. A few months have gone by so here’s what I’ve been getting up to: from involvement in GLOBE, the LGBT Professional Network at Deloitte, to working on our One Million Futures campaign, and my own personal story of weight loss.
I am a proud member of GLOBE, the LGBT Professional Network at Deloitte. My partner and I joined GLOBE at London Pride 2016 and it was amazing to experience that level of acceptance within the company I work for. I aspire to promote diversity and inclusion in Wales. Together with my colleague Michelle Skinner I co-launched GLOBE Cymru the regional network. Being part of this network allows me to be myself, confidently, in my workplace and makes me feel proud to work in such an open environment.
UK & Swiss Directors & Partners Bi-Annual Meeting 2016: One Million Futures
I was given the opportunity to take on the role of the compère at the UK & Swiss Bi-Annual Directors and Partners Meeting 2016. My role was to introduce One Million Futures and share my own story. I hope that through sharing my story, I can inspire other students to consider a career at Deloitte.
When it came to my speech I was very nervous. I was faltering as I began my speech then paused a moment and I was embarrassed. I couldn’t allow this to happen so I took a deep breath and settled my nerves. In a calm manner I finished the rest of my speech with confidence. As my speech came to a close I thanked the audience and silence fell for split second before the applause. The relief I felt afterwards knowing that I had overcome my nerves was amazing, and I am very proud that I faced it head on.
In my last blog I shared my story of weight loss, which is a challenge I’ve faced in my personal life. I am excited to tell you that since my last blog entry that I furthered my achievements and lost a total of 3 1/2 stone. Overall I’m a much healthier and happier. Thank you to my friends, family and colleagues for all their support!
Continuing my journey, a few friends and I decided to take on a challenge of endurance. On Sunday 3rd July, my friends and I completed our sponsored 50 mile walk in remembrance of Sarah Price, who sadly took her own life due to mental illness. We raised £723.50 for Mind the mental health charity. The feeling of accomplishment I had after this walk was satisfying. I was proud that I had raised both awareness and funds for a good cause, plus used it to work towards my personal goals.
Past, present, future.
Overall in the year that I have been in the firm I achieved an amazing amount in such a short space of time! I’ve passed my apprenticeship, improved my overall wellbeing, and made lifelong friends. I am far happier and more confident than I could imagine. I have improved my life completely and things are only going to continue to get better.
Good luck to the next intake of apprentices! You’ve got exciting times ahead of you!
Click here to find out more about apprenticeships at Deloitte.
Paying homage to our fondness of brain-teasers, every month we post a new challenge created by the Forensic Technology team, focusing on logical, analytical and coding problems.
For this month’s challenge, we are heading over to Rio (figuratively) and getting into the spirit of the Paralympic games. Using the publicly available data for the last two Paralympics (Beijing and London), we want you to predict using a mathematical model how many gold medals ParalympicsGB will win in Rio.