Our own Nehal, from Forensic Technology blogs her experiences so far at Deloitte.
“I am currently a part of the Forensic Technology graduate training scheme, which I started in 2014, after completing a Bachelor’s degree in Physics at Imperial College London.”
“The scheme comprises of one year in Forensic Analytics and one year in Electronic Discovery, which I am under taking at present. I am going to focus on one part of the E-discovery discipline: data collection. Last month I travelled to Copenhagen with the team below to participate in my first ever data collection. I learned how to dismantle laptops to remove the hard drives and set up the equipment needed in order to image them.”
Even though this picture looks a little intimidating, the process is quite simple once you understand the purpose of each component.
As this was my first ever onsite data collection I was a bit nervous but the rest of the team were very supportive. They helped me develop the skills needed so that, by the end of the day, I was able to proceed with little help. It was fantastic that I was given the opportunity to go to Copenhagen and I find that even though I had completed training in this area, you often learn more on the job.
We are also lucky in that a lot of our projects in Forensics are based abroad, which means we are provided with ample opportunity to meet and work with our colleagues from the Deloitte offices in other countries and explore new and exciting places. (Check out Copenhagen below).
So, if you feel like learning more about this electrifying line of work, then please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and leave a comment below. I will be only too happy to help!
You may have noticed that non-graduate entry opportunities is a big priority for us. Talent is at the heart of our core values, no matter where it comes from or what shape it takes.
This is why we decided to celebrate our existing BrightStart apprentices in an evening hosted by David Sproul our CEO and Emma Codd our managing partner for Talent.
We kicked things off with David Sproul welcoming us all and giving a brief overview of the strategy and the doors it can open for our people: Deloitte as the place were our apprentices can push the boundaries of discovery and exploration and where unsolvable problems are solved for the wellbeing of clients, people and society.
That is when the stars of the show took the stage! Tom Elsey and Angharad Old, two BrightStarts, shared their journey so far and proudest moments.
Emma Codd then spoke about the future of the programme and the plan to double the number of apprentices in the firm by September 2016.
Our Head of Professional Education & Apprenticeships, Honey Clarke, also spoke about all the people in the firm that want to support apprentices, get involved and become a BrightStart Ambassador.
We rounded the evening off with Honey being joined by Emma, Gordon McFarland and Alex Sinclair for a panel session in which they took questions from the audience, before celebrations continued over drinks.
The BrightStart scheme is the firm’s non graduate entry route into most of our professions, from audit to consultancy; a route that started in 2011 with a small number of school leavers joining Audit and Tax in London and the regions. Numbers have slowly grown to include all our career paths and, in September 2015, we saw 115 BrightStarts join Deloitte, including the delivery centre in Belfast, taking us to a total of 300.
If you or someone you know might be interested in becoming a BrightStart and gaining up to a degree-equivalent professional qualification, the application for the 2016 intake is now open.
Visit or send them to our webpage to learn more.
Victoria Pearce, Director at Deloitte in the Forensic Technology team shares her experience on returning to work with Deloitte.
Victoria said "I joined Deloitte Forensic in 2000 and in 2011 I started my maternity leave and subsequently took a 3 year career break following the birth of my daughter."
"Earlier this year I was contacted by Deloitte via the Women in Leadership initiative and asked if I was interested in returning to work at Deloitte. Following a number of discussions and interviews it became apparent the opportunity was too good to miss. Deloitte have implemented an agile working policy which enabled me to return to Deloitte Forensic Technology as a part time worker in their growing St Albans team. Flexible working allows me to work remotely to ease child care issues and to spend quality time with my daughter, here we are standing in muddy puddles – just before jumping!"
To celebrate some of the UK’s top businesses employing thousands of apprentices across the country, and the launch of the Apprenticeship Delivery Board, the Prime Minster David Cameron hosted a reception at 10 Downing Street on Monday 18 January.
In attendance from our firm were Honey Clarke, Head of Professional Education and Apprenticeships, along with HR Director Caroline Hunt and two BrightStart Apprentices: Lauren Mays who joined Financial Advisory in September 2014 and Alex Sinclair who works in Technology Consulting, having joined Deloitte in 2012. Both sit on the BrightStart Committee and were involved in organising the recent BrightStart celebration event hosted by David Sproul and Emma Codd.
David Sproul said, “Improving social mobility is one of the UK’s biggest challenges. One of the ways in which we are seeking to address this is by doubling the number of positions available through our BrightStart Business Higher Apprenticeship Scheme.” For us, there is a clear business imperative to get this right. In order to provide the best possible service and make an impact with our clients, we need to hire people who think and innovate differently, come from a variety of backgrounds and bring a range of perspectives and experience into the firm”.
During the evening, the Deloitte group met with David Cameron and David Meller and Nadhim Zahawi, co-chairs of the new Apprenticeship Delivery Board and were able to tell them about the opportunities that come from joining the firm through the non-graduate entry route.
Lauren and Alex gave a brief account of their experience at the event:
On Monday 18 January we had the honour of attending an apprenticeship celebration reception at 10 Downing Street. After arriving and nearly bumping head first into George Osborne, we were ushered upstairs past the portraits of all the former Prime Ministers, to meet our fellow apprentices and their firms’ apprenticeships Champions.
Thanks to Deloitte being a market leader in apprenticeships, we were also invited in to the White Room for a private meeting with the Prime Minister and David Meller and Nadhim Zahawi, co-chairs of the Apprenticeship Delivery Board. The Prime Minister was interested to hear about our motivations for choosing an apprenticeship and our career progression so far. He was even so bold as to enquire what our salary progression looked like in comparison to our graduate colleagues!
After keynote speeches from Nadhim Zahawi and David Cameron, there was just enough time for the obligatory picture in front of the door to Number 10 before heading home to give a full account to our expectant parents.
Read what Number 10 has to say about the event
Find out more about the BrightStart apprenticeship scheme.
April Li our Associate at Deloitte in the Forensic Technology team shares her take on what working life is like at Deloitte. Check out her entry below and if you have any questions make sure to ask her below.
April said, "I joined the Forensic Technology graduate training scheme in 2014 after completing a Masters in Finance at Imperial College London."
"As an international employee, I am sponsored by Deloitte and have been given a lot of support for various challenges I have faced working in the UK, such as my visa application and mortgage application."
"The graduate training scheme in Forensic Technology comprises two 12 month placements in two core disciplines: Electronic Discovery and Forensic Analytics. My first placement was in Electronic Discovery where I worked on several different client facing projects. One of the projects I have been part of is an investigation into tax avoidance at an international company. I have also been part of a project investigating alleged bribery and corruption activities for a European client. Currently I am in my second placement, in Forensic Analytics, working on a money laundering project for a financial institution."
"Our projects could be based anywhere in the world and there are many opportunities to work abroad on temporary assignments. This provides me with the opportunity to both work in, as well as explore, other cities and countries I may not have otherwise been able to visit."
Don't just take my word for it. Here is my favourite view on my walk towards the office from the train station everyday.
What made you apply to Deloitte, and why Japanese Human Capital?
Given Deloitte’s excellent reputation for the quality of their tax services, I was excited by the prospect of working within a team which could offer access to an array of varied and high-calibre clients, whilst also obtaining respected professional qualifications.
Can you tell us a little bit about the team?
The team provides tax advisory and compliance services to clients of varying sizes, the vast majority of which are Japanese companies (and many clients are very well known household names).
Tell us a typical day for you.
Tasks can be varied and are likely to differ depending on the time of year. The most common tasks include meetings with international client employees to discuss the UK tax implications of their change in work location, Form P11D and tax return preparation, assisting clients with the operation of modified payroll schemes, corresponding with clients in relation to queries, attending team training sessions and assisting in the organisation of client events.
What type of work do you find most interesting?
In my initial year, I have most enjoyed getting involved with client ‘entry and exit briefings’. I find that here you not only get given an excellent opportunity for direct client contact but it’s a fantastic opportunity to widen your technical knowledge and understanding, whilst also building rapport with clients.
What stuff can you get involved with outside of your core work?
The team organises client events such as the quarterly ‘Japan Think Space’ evenings, where presentation and group discussions take place in relation to varying topics which affect client industries. There is much opportunity to both assist with organising these events and to attend events. Within Deloitte, as a firm, there are many opportunities to get involved in community volunteer projects and charity fundraising events, I am currently fundraising for charity by running the “Deloitte Corporate 13.1” Half Marathon. Additionally, Deloitte also has a vast array of social clubs.
Do you need to speak Japanese in your daily work?
There are many opportunities to utilise Japanese language skills on a day basis. However, it is not a necessity to have such skills in order to be an effective member of the team and I myself am not a Japanese speaker. The desire to learn about Japanese culture is also important and there are many opportunities to practice and develop your Japanese language skills should you choose to.
An interview with Matt Curless - Analyst, Tax, Global Employer Services
More about JHC
The Japanese Human Capital team (JHC) sits within International Assignment Services (IAS) and Global Employer Services (GES) in the Tax service line. We are situated in the London office and provide services to over 200 Japanese corporations in the UK and Europe.
We provide employment tax and human capital advisory services to Japanese companies operating in the UK and Europe. In addition to expatriate tax compliance and consulting services, we also work together with our clients to define their global human capital needs and challenges. Our experienced Japanese and bilingual team work alongside subject matter experts from across the Deloitte network to offer valuable, high quality and creative solutions to these challenges.
Our team consists of around 25 members, the majority of whom are qualified tax advisers or currently studying for professional qualifications. Many of us are Japanese native speakers and Japanese-English bilinguals, who have lived in both countries.
Here at Deloitte we believe your life outside of work is as important as your life at work, so much so that we support our employees in some of their extra-curricular activities. In 2013 Deloitte and British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS), the national governing body for higher education sport announced the beginning of a brand new partnership. The partnership aims to identify and offer support to club captains and other talented students to develop their leadership, communication and team skills in a business context.
Oliver attended our annual BUCS Deloitte Leadership Academy in November 2014 and will be joining our 2015 graduate scheme in Consulting. He served as rugby secretary and Athletics Union President at Imperial College London, all while studying Chemistry with Molecular Physics and doing a year in industry.
We grabbed a few seconds with him and had a chat about his role and what impact the BUCS Deloitte Leadership Academy (BDLA) had on him.
Imperial College London
Chemistry with Molecular Physics and a Year in Industry
Rugby Cub Secretary, Athletics Clubs Chairman
How has the BDLA supported you in your role?
BDLA has supported me in my role by equipping me with skills that have directly impacted how I work with and manage other volunteers. The whole two days in Hereford were fantastic and provided a great opportunity to meet both people in a similar position at different universities around the country and some really inspirational characters.
I'm still in touch with several and use them as sounding boards for ideas. Particularly useful was the second day; success depended on communicating effectively under intense pressure. Combined with the incredibly interesting negotiation training, I've been a lot more effective in my roles this year because of BDLA.
To find out more about our partnership with British Universities and Colleges Sport click here
Alex Bosshardt, a manager in the firm’s sports business group, has been involved in tennis from a young age and began officiating through the Junior Player programme set up by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). Deloitte’s Time Out scheme enables employees to take a four-week period of unpaid leave once a year, for any reason. Alex will take advantage of this scheme to officiate at the AEGON Championships at Queens, an ATP Challenger event in Manchester and The Championships.
Alex said: “Being able to take a period of unpaid leave to umpire at such a prestigious event as Wimbledon is amazing and really shows me that Deloitte is interested in the views and needs of its employees. I started umpiring in 2005, after being encouraged by the LTA as a former junior player. I now umpire at the event every year and was a line umpire in the Federer v Roddick 2009 final, a particularly exciting final to be involved in! Trying to work this around holiday always proved tricky and actually adds more stress to taking time off. I started working as a line umpire and I’m now a chair umpire, meaning the final decision of a game could rest on me – I need the time off to fully commit to the game.
“There is a real culture of change at the moment at Deloitte, and it is understood that people have family commitments, interests and hobbies outside of the workplace. People are grateful to be able to spend time doing the things they love, without having to justify the request to a manager. I believe it will encourage more people to stay at the firm, as it offers a great work life balance, which is what people want these days.”
We know that employees throughout our organisation want a more agile working pattern and really value time outside of work to pursue other activities, be that sporting activities, spending time with the family or just doing something they love but never normally have time to do. We also know that even though they want this time they remain serious about their careers - they just want a better balance between life and career. Addressing this issue has been a major strategic priority for Deloitte over the past 18 months, resulting in our WorkAgility programme, of which our award winning Time Out scheme is a key part. Our aim is to ensure that all our people are able to balance their lives with a successful and fulfilling career, that they are trusted to choose what works best for both them and the team, and that they are judged on output.
Find out more about our agile working at Deloitte here.
Why you got involved/what interested you into joining SID?
As a first-year student emerging from semester one, I had little clue as to what I wanted to do with my future so the opportunity to apply for a spring program where I could experience a professional atmosphere without having to determine a set career path was excellent. Deloitte appealed to me, particularly, because of their well-organised career events as well as the enthusiasm and helpfulness of the professionals who came along to them. I applied to ‘Spring into Deloitte’, thinking my experience would entail some teamwork exercises and perhaps a tour of the office but I honestly did not expect to leave feeling as inspired and motivated as I did, after just two days.
What did the event entail, what did you get up to?
Over our short time at Deloitte, we were given five insightful presentations about the different service lines the company offers. The most useful part to these was the case study exercises we completed. It allowed us to apply and expand our knowledge about the particular topic we were researching, whether it was on tax advice, auditing, consulting or even risk analysis, and it helped us to enhance our teamwork skills as well as our communication and presenting techniques. The skills and knowledge that I have picked up are invaluable to any important interviews, which I may have in the future. The feedback we were given, by the employees at Deloitte, was essential to the improvements we saw in our skills.
In addition to the Deloitte-specific exercises, we were given the most fantastic workshop on professional behaviour. The quality and expertise of the individual that spoke to us highlighted how much Deloitte valued our presence by investing in her time and skills. Furthermore, this talk was overwhelmingly useful as it opened our eyes to the effectiveness of adult behaviour and professional communication. This is something that, as young individuals, we have had little exposure to and yet it is a highly important element that we need to grasp in order to become successful.
At the end of the two days, we were given detailed information about the next steps in the Deloitte process and were able to prepare for a mock interview that we had during the final hour. The interview mirrored the format of the Summer Vacation Scheme interview and the interviewers, who were managers or senior managers, had actual experience conducting the proper interviews, themselves. This exercise left me feeling confident and prepared for the next steps and motivated to improve on what I had delivered. We received both professional feedback, which was detailed and highly constructive, as well as feedback from our peers, who were able to compare our interview to their own.
What did you get out of the whole experience?
Overall, I have left Deloitte feeling even more determined and prepared to pursue an exciting and successful career path. The two days allowed me to decide which service line I would be suited to and filled me with confidence that Deloitte will support my every step. Furthermore, the opportunity to mix both socially and professionally with bright, like-minded individuals has enabled the best outcome from the two days, by being able to bounce off different peoples’ ideas and learn skills through teamwork and cooperation. The Deloitte professionals who shared their fantastic stories have inspired me and it is clear that the company nurtures success on a global scale. The Deloitte team was very well organized, happy to be with us and probed us constantly for constructive feedback, so that they could improve even further. This whole experience has been instrumental in motivating me to take those extra steps towards creating a career for myself as well as providing me with unique insights into Deloitte and the professional world. I am so excited to see where Deloitte might take me and to potentially succeed and prosper within such a well-established company. ‘Spring into Deloitte’ has set me up with the foundations I need to do this.
A review from Katherine Wilson - First year student at Kings College London
Exam time can be a challenging period for a lot of students. Different students deal with it in different ways. We asked three of our BrightStart school leavers (Devon, Michael and Angharad) and one of our graduates (Nayema) how they got through it. Here’s a summary of what they said. Stand by for some invaluable tips!
Having been through exams yourself, what would be your best tips for someone who’s about to take them?
Start revising early. It gives you the chance to plan properly. It gives you time to spot gaps in your understanding and ask teachers or lecturers for help. It gives you the best possible chance of walking into the exam room feeling prepared and confident. It might be tempting to have fun now and revise later but the benefits of revising early are endless.
Practising past papers is also crucial. It’s no good memorising the entire syllabus if you can’t perform in a practical scenario. Practising papers under timed conditions will help you understand what the exam will be like on the day, and that’ll take some of the pressure off you.
Sounds cheesy, but DON’T PANIC!! A bit of pressure is good to motivate you to revise beforehand. But when it comes to the actual exam, you’re so much more likely to remember those little things you forgot to look over if your head is calm.
At Deloitte, how do you manage your time between work and revision?
Generally, work time is for work. And study happens around that, mostly at weekends. Waking up a little earlier at weekends and doing a couple of hours of solid revision really helps.
Deloitte’s study days are also brilliant. We’re allowed to take a number of days as study leave every year, so that’s a great way to take some time off just before exams to prepare.
What would be your three top tips for staying calm throughout the exam period?
- Don’t just revise. Make sure every day has some non-exam chill time. Go for a long walk. Watch a movie. Take up a hobby. Do anything that gives you some head space.
- Talk to people. As clichéd as it sounds, talking to other people who are doing the exams will help you realise that you’re not alone and that other people may be finding it hard too!
- Eat and sleep normally. As tempting as it is to stuff your cheeks with chocolate, drink copious amounts of Red Bull and stay up until 4am cramming as much into your brain as possible, the caffeine rush that keeps you awake isn’t going to last forever and will leave you exhausted and with a headache – not ideal exam conditions.
What would be your top tips when it comes to time management around exams?
It’s all about planning your weeks in advance. See which days you can realistically fit revision in and stick to that schedule. Also, give your phone to someone else while you’re revising. You might actually get some work done!
Don’t forget to take breaks. It’s best to work for an hour or so, then take a 10-15 minute rest. Also, don’t waste too much time going over topics you know well. It’s better to know 5 topics well than 3 topics excellently and 2 topics not very well.
Have you got any tips for university students in the final stages of completing their dissertations?
- Get as much advice from your mentor as possible. Make sure you arrange as many one-to-ones as you can.
- Get someone to properly proofread your work and double check that your structure is logical.
- Focus on having a strong first half, but an even stronger second half. People often concentrate on getting the beginning right, but the findings/conclusions can really make or break a good dissertation.
Work/life balance is important during exam time. What do you do to avoid getting too stressed?
Having a plan definitely helps. If things get intense, plan your weeks and then prioritise your daily tasks each morning.
Make sure you remember to take some time out. Exercise is great stress reliever. And even just spending a few hours reading a book or seeing friends can make a big difference.