Kiran from the Electronic Discovery team in Forensic Technology shares her experience below.
I work in Forensic Technology and have been part of the Electronic Discovery team for 3 years, for the past year and a half I have been working on a project based in Lugano, Switzerland. The project has been set up such that a team of us rotate and we each spend 2 weeks at a time on site in Lugano. This means that I spend 2 weeks overseas and then I return to London for a month before travelling again.
We have a few projects in Forensic Technology that are based overseas but the great thing about this project is you can maintain a presence in London whilst also getting to travel. Being so close to Italy the project attracts colleagues from the Italian firm as well as the Swiss firm so it is a great opportunity to work with new colleagues and learn about the way they work.
Lugano is a city in southern Switzerland in the Italian speaking region. It is the 9th largest city in Switzerland that attracts many visitors including numerous celebrities! It is the third financial centre of Switzerland with trade, tourism and finance being the main strengths of the local economy.
Lugano is a beautiful place its Italian influence is immediately noticeable so after a day in the office there is plenty of choice for dinner, the hardest part is deciding where to go! From pasta to pizza the food is cooked fresh and is authentically Italian, I have yet to be disappointed.
The other great part about working in Lugano has to be the weather. The summers are long and very warm which often makes a welcome change to the great British weather. I really enjoy being able to walk along the lake to work in the mornings and find it is also a great way to unwind after a long day.
During my time on the project I have been able to see Lugano during all seasons and can say it is just as beautiful during the winter with the snow on the mountains, you just have to keep an eye on the flights!
Another bonus of working on an overseas project is the opportunity for travel. This project in particular offers a great alternative flight policy so if you don’t fancy flying back to London you can exchange it for travel to another European destination. Milan is on the doorstep only a short train journey away and has made for some wonderful weekend breaks.
Here at Deloitte we have a really active sailing club and each year in April, we hold our annual spring regatta. We charter 20 boats for the weekend and encourage both experienced sailors and novices to get out onto the water. On each boat we have an experienced skipper plus two experienced crew members who act as hosts. There’s room for eight people on each boat and the rest of the places are open to people with little or no experience of sailing. I’ve been one of the experienced crew members for several years now and always look forward to meeting new people and sharing my passion for sailing with them.
Most years we get lucky with clear blue skies and sunshine but this year the weather on the Saturday was a bit grey and cloudy. It did mean that there was a nice steady wind though it was rather chilly as it was coming from the north – hence the need to be wrapped up in full wet weather gear!
We spent Saturday morning teaching the newbies the basics of sailing and putting these new skills into practice. In the afternoon we had a treasure hunt so were given a chart showing all the buoys between the south coast and the Isle of Wight. The buoys had different points values and we had to plot and sail a course with the aim of collecting as many points as we could in the three hour time limit. We had a fun afternoon with plenty for everyone to do - whether it be navigation, helming, trimming the sails or simply sitting on the rail (a really important job when you are sailing upwind in heavy weather!).
In the evening, all 160 of us went for a group dinner in the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club and most of us then followed this with a few beers in a local hostelry. The next morning, Poppy, our social secretary bravely volunteered to be hoisted up one of the masts to get this great shot of us in Cowes Marina.
On Sunday the sun came out and they organised a couple of short races for us – some of which involved downwind meaning everyone got the chance to put their spinnakers up. Over the years the sailing club has invested in some Deloitte branded spinnakers and it’s a great sight to see one of these sailing majestically along with Cowes and the Isle of Wight in the background.
For those that get the sailing bug, there are other opportunities throughout the year, one of which is Cowes week. We usually have a few boats out and invite our clients to join us which is great for building relationships and giving them the chance to experience some full on racing in the oldest and largest annual sailing regatta in the world. Cowes is in August so we enjoy the chance to put on our shorts rather than our wet weather gear!
This is just a small blog to give you as potential apprentices an insight as to what your typical week could be like!
I wake up every morning at 6am. I feed and walk my dog then feed my two tortoises. I shower and get dressed, formal shirt and tie for Mondays through Thursdays then Smart Casual for Friday. I make sure that I have my bag and packed lunch then leave for the train station. My train is a 40 minute journey so I always make sure that I have a good pair of headphones to listen to some feel good music while on the train. I usually get to work around 07:50am but I start at 8:30am. Usually people start at 9am but I have been granted this early start to finish earlier so I have more time at home. This also gives me the opportunity to set up and make myself a coffee before I start my day.
During working day, I am the first point of communication for my team. I have the responsibility of ensuring that members of the firm fulfil their compliance responsibilities. It can get busy at times but I prefer being proactive and productive with my time. I answer a variety of queries that come my way and after time you get used to responding to questions. I love working in an office environment, you sit with your team so if you need help you can just ask, also you can go grab a coffee and relax while you work at your own pace!
All apprentices have to attend college once a month for classroom training. This is where we go over several modules to make sure we are ready for our exams. I like these days because the other apprentices work in other offices so we can share our experiences and have a general catch up.
Every Friday is our study day; a chance for us to look over our college work, organise coursework and revise for exams! I love having it on a Friday because we get to dress informally and relax while studying in a meeting room. It is also nice to have the chance to talk to the other apprentices and have a catch up on how they are finding the apprenticeship.
Apart from working and studying I have a social life outside of work. Monday was a particularly special day for me. I received a Two Stone weight loss award from my slimming world group and I was awarded Greatest Loser of 2016! This has been 9 weeks of progress from the meal we had in the college with the other apprentices and mentors behind the scheme. I feel so proud of myself and am already feeling the health benefits of losing over 10 % of my body fat.
Last weekend, I travelled to Southampton to play an away rugby game for the Cardiff Lions Rugby Team against the Wessex Wyverns. I started back with the Lions in January, at first I was nervous as I have never played rugby before but the respect this team have for each other and the supportive attitude of the player is both honourable and admirable. This was my first of many matches I intend to be playing for this team, and, it was nice to settle down, getting to know the teams after our match with a buffet and beverages.
Overall, this apprenticeship scheme has been an amazing experience for me. It has given me a whole new perspective into the working world. This isn’t just an apprenticeship, with Deloitte this is an opportunity to have an amazing career, make strong relationships both business and friends, and, to gain valuable work experience from one of the leading global financial industries. Hopefully I will be accepted for the Bright Start Scheme which will allow me to become a qualified accountant and enhance my future experience with Deloitte.
The Spark Event was a new and exciting experience for everyone within Financial Advisory. I was in the first wave of the event, there were six waves in total, which included 300 colleagues across the whole of Financial Advisory. It was nice to get out of the city for a few days too. The location of the event was near Swindon and was next to a large lake which was beautiful during sunset!
We were given an iPad each to use during our time at the event which included our itineraries as well as lots of documents and information for the case study that we were to complete during the two days. The teams were arranged so there was at least one person from each service line within FA and a partner to lead us through the case study. This meant that we had a chance to network across the service lines and meet some really nice people!
During the two day event we were involved in several sessions covering how we react to social situations, how body language can affect our feelings in these situations and how to work with colleagues with different personality traits.
After the first day of the event we had a fun-filled evening ahead with dinner and games including Foosball, Dance mats, Black Jack, Scalextrics and a Ping Pong table. There was also a movie playing with unlimited popcorn! We had the evening to relax and have some (competitive) fun with our colleagues!
Throughout the event our teams met up several times for an hour or so to work together on the case study. The case study resulted in a 5 minute pitch to several of the partners within FA in which we had to showcase everything we had learnt during the event. I was part of our presenting team along with two others and we covered all of the services we could provide the client across FA.
The finale of the event included the top three teams as decided across all of the partners presenting their pitches to everyone at the event with the winning team receiving a prize of lots of coffee vouchers! I was really proud to see Mitesh, one of our FT team, in the final three and on the stage presenting to the panel of partners.
Overall it was a really enjoyable two days with lots of opportunities to meet colleagues across FA, learn how each of us work and how to work together and develop our pitching skills in a fun and friendly environment!
Zoyah Ahmed from Forensic Technology who attended Target Jobs IT’s Not Just For the Boys event shares her recollection of the event below.
“Last month I represented Deloitte’s Forensic Technology team at Target Jobs IT’s Not Just For the Boys Event. The purpose of this event was to give female undergraduate students the opportunity to find out more about careers available to them within the technology industry.
I took part in the ‘Insider Insights’ and ‘Networking’ sessions, in which I spoke to numerous students about my day to day role within Forensic Technology and also gave them some advice on what technology recruiters are looking for. I enjoyed these sessions as it wasn’t too long ago that I was in the same position myself, and I hope that my recent experiences and advice will help those who I spoke to.
I also had the opportunity to attend the ‘Panel Discussion’ session in which the students had the chance to ask senior female leaders within technology questions about their careers and how they achieved their success. The leaders also gave advice on how to be successful women in technology and reach leadership positions within this field.
I attended this event to give advice to young women on how to enter the technology sector but I also learnt a lot through this event. One of the key points I took away was that as women, we tend to keep quiet about our successes, but if we have done something which deserves recognition, we should show it off it. This means when it comes to promotions, our successes are already well-known.
The fact that I learnt so much shows the importance of attending these events: I found this event invaluable, and I am already a woman in technology. Had I attended something similar when I was a graduate it would have given me a much better understanding of the technology industry. This in turn would have helped me improve my graduate job applications. I would highly recommend all women interested in this sector to attend events like these because they give attendees a good opportunity to learn more about technology careers and how to succeed within them.
Register now for our Forensic Technology Insight Day on 22nd March. Further details can be found at: http://www2.deloitte.com/uk/en/pages/careers/articles/deloitte-insight-days.html"
Ross Flanigan, Director, tells us why he is a big advocate of our Cardiff Apprenticeship scheme.
Just a few months ago, after many more months of effort and planning and interviewing, I was so pleased to see the first group of ten Business Administration apprentices join our teams.
The timing was great because they joined our business just as our training partner ‘Cardiff and Vale College’ opened their new and amazing city centre campus. We were all finding our way with this first group. The idea of apprentices was new to us, the college was building credentials, and the apprentices, well, they just had the small matter of setting out on their careers to think about.
Would it work? We didn’t know!! But I’ve got to say, it has been an exceptional success so far, and that’s mainly down to the apprentices themselves. Yes our Firm, our managers and the mentors have really made an effort. Yes, the college has pulled out all the stops. But we have been really amazed by the attitude, ability and commitment of the apprentices who are working in five different parts of our business.
They have no preconceptions and no fear. They’ve shown that when (with just a little trepidation) we put them in for a free chat with our CEO along with the Wales First Minister and his entourage.
So they’ve picked up the work, they’re volunteering for more, they are looking for their next career step with us, they are passing the academic bits and they are even helping more recent recruits settle in. I think the term used is ‘exceeding expectations’.
As it’s all going so well, we had a chance to bring everyone in the programme together for a low-key celebration just recently when apprentices, managers, mentors and our friends from the college had dinner together at the incredible rooftop restaurant ‘The Classroom’ in the new college campus. That restaurant is a candidate for best in the city if you ask me. But why ask me? A little apprentice-type blogging will probably say much more.
Brandon Edwards, KYC Analyst in Forensic, Financial Advisory, went along to the dinner. Check out his account of the evening here:
“The food was exquisite, staff delivered a first class service and the atmosphere was very relaxed. Thanks to this event, I was able to network with people that I had never met before as well as build up stronger relationships with people that I vaguely knew.
Every person that I met, no matter how high up in the company, was very welcoming, forthcoming and available for me to talk to if I had questions to ask on any topic at all. I made great personal connections with many different people who I’m pleased to say have now become friends.
I am very grateful to be involved in this event and hope that there are more events to come which will enable me to get more involved and meet more great people.”
For those of you who don’t know the meaning of the finger point, it means that Deloitte are number one!
The Forensic Technology practice has grown dramatically over the last 10 years and today is a team of 84 professionals. We are embarking on a new and exciting expansion by opening an office in St Albans and we are looking for ambitious and driven individuals to help grow the team to 50 in this location. We have invested in a spacious state of the art laboratory for analysing and processing data. From a work perspective there will be no distinction between the office in London with a variety of opportunities within the UK and abroad.
The picture below is from our office window and shows just how close the train station is. There is also free parking on site so several of our London based team members are considering swapping their rail season ticket for a set of car keys!
Callum from the Deloitte St Albans office describes what it was like working outside of the City.
“There is a more relaxed, friendly and personal working environment. The St Albans social committee plan all sorts of fun events, the Summer and Christmas Balls are the main ones. Then there’s the new joiner social event in the local pubs and there is an end of busy season social at the end of February which is usually a bar night in London, curry night, karaoke. Then they always try and switch things up last year they did cheese and wine night and a trip to London Zoo, this year there is talks of arranging everyone to go to a football match.”
Find more information about who we are, what we do and our Graduate Recruitment opportunities on the Forensic Technology website.
We’re delighted to announce that our “Spring into Deloitte” Scheme won the award for Best Short-term Insight Scheme at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards!
Here is an excerpt from an article RMP Enterprise wrote about the ceremony and our win:
Deloitte take home the Award for Best Short-term Insight Scheme at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards
Deloitte have been recognised for providing an exceptional insight scheme for students at this year’s National Undergraduate Employability Awards. ‘Spring into Deloitte,’ a two day residential course, is designed to educate students in the world of professional services, in particular what it is like to work at Deloitte, and to deliver employability skills that students may want to use in the selection process for Deloitte, or any other career they choose to pursue.
The scheme has proved incredibly valuable in strengthening Deloitte’s recruitment pipeline: 45% of insight scheme attendees are successful in securing a summer internship the following year. Of those that take part in the Summer Vacation Scheme run by Deloitte, 75% then go on to secure a graduate job with the company, demonstrating the value undergraduate schemes can have on attracting and retaining young talent.
Deloitte fought off stiff competition from employers from a range of industries to take home the Award for the Best Short-term Insight Scheme. The other finalists in this category, which was sponsored by LinkedIn were EY, Schlumburger and Nabarro.
The Awards saw over 400 nominations from employers, universities and students across 17 different Award categories. Winners of each Award were selected by an independent judging panel, made up of key thought leaders in the industry.
Gareth Cadwallader, Governor of University of West London, and head of the Judging Panel, said of this year’s nominations, “The standard of nominations was once again outstanding across the sector. The commitment of some of the world's highest profile employers to engage with undergraduates, as well as the dedication from universities and students to the employability agenda, is extremely impressive.
“In the student categories, there are some fantastic role models for young people looking to take their first steps on the career ladder. It is a truly inspiring event!”
The Awards ceremony welcomed thought-provoking guest speakers from the industry including Aimee Bateman from CareerCake.com, Sarah Flynn, Chair of ASET and Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive of AGR to share their insights.
The most recent High Fliers report showed that over four-fifths of the leading graduate employers in the UK are now offering paid work experience schemes for students and recent graduates. These schemes are making students more employable than ever, and Stephen suggested we are returning to a “seller’s market” whereby employers are increasingly having to compete to recruit the most employable students. “
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.