Holly is taking on a lot of responsibility in her Financial Advisory role based in St Albans. She raised money for charity after just 3 months with us for the Albans Charity Committee and she’s currently working on an exciting innovation project. Find out how she worked her way to the top.   

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How did you join Deloitte?

I applied online and took the online tests. I was then invited to an online interview, and after passing that travelled to London for a face-to-face interview. I found out soon after the interview that I had been offered a place on the scheme.

What are you responsible for in your role?

Working in a smaller team means I’ve quickly gained responsibility for a diverse range of tasks, which is challenging but also very rewarding!

I’ve been involved in the data upload process, developed several SQL scripts for transforming data, and am now building a dashboard which works with the project’s data. Creating a product means I can quickly see my ideas take shape which is exciting.  I’m also helping to quality check the project’s progress- a fundamental skill in Data Analytics. 

What’s a typical day like for you?

I’m currently working on an Innovation project which offers the chance to shape a product from the outset.

A typical day involves check-ins with my team to update one another on our progress. These meetings help me to prioritize tasks, and also offer a chance to receive guidance on any issues I’ve come across. I also have regular catch-ups with the internal client to update them on the project and answer any questions they may have for us.

After meetings I spilt my time between manipulating and transforming data in SQL, and developing a dashboard for internal use in Deloitte. I’m currently in the process of adding functionality to the dashboard to meet the client’s criteria so I regularly run demonstrations of the draft product to the client.

I end the day by responding to emails, and catching up on any miscellaneous tasks. I also note down the progress I’ve made and record any outstanding tasks for the following day so that I am clear on what needs to be done next.

What was your most memorable moment on the job so far? 

I’ve only been at Deloitte for 3 months so it’s hard to say! I’ve enjoyed joining the St Albans Charity Committee, and helping to raise £1,453.38 for the office’s charity partner through the Christmas Party raffle. I’m looking forward to helping with the Impact Days- which involve spending a day with the charity to help build presentation and teamwork skills.

What’s the best part of your job and in what ways is your team innovative? 

The best part of my job is that I learn something new every day! The versatility and scope of projects means having to adapt to challenges and regularly learn new skills. Since joining I have acquired so much new knowledge about Data Analytics which is really exciting.

The people also make the job at Deloitte. My teams’ support has given me the confidence to navigate complex problems and deliver solutions to the client.

Why would you recommend Deloitte to someone? 

In Deloitte you’re given responsibility from day one, with access to an unrivalled breadth of training and opportunities. You are treated as an individual within your team, and everyone is invested in helping you excel. 

How are you supported to work flexibly?

My Line Manager has been great with allowing me to work flexibly. As I’m based in St Albans, I’ve been able to Skype into meetings which take place in London, and I’ve been able to work from home on occasions where it’s been necessary.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

As an English graduate I enjoy reading in my spare time! I’m also currently completing an online Philosophy course with Edinburgh University.

Within Deloitte, I have joined the St Albans Charity committee and recently helped raise money for Earthworks through the Christmas raffle.

Do you want to join our St Albans team in Financial Advisory? Find your next opportunity on our website.

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