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!
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