Making a meaningful impact is what Deloitte is all about. Not just for our clients, but for our people and the wider community too. Our belief in giving back is the reason we offer all of our people 3.5 hours every month to volunteer. A career here means you get to make an impact in a way that’s truly personal to you.

Over the past few weeks, six of our volunteers from across the firm have shared their experiences. We hope you find them inspiring. We certainly did.

This time, we hear from Lakiesha.

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Lakiesha is proof that working with young people can reap rewards. A former pupil at John Madejski Academy in Reading, one of our 5 Million Futures partner schools, she joined the firm as an apprentice after being inspired by a Deloitte careers visit. Now an Assistant Manager in Audit & Assurance in Reading, Lakiesha is also a volunteer herself and manages our partnership with the school she once attended.

When I was at John Madejski Academy, volunteers from the firm came in to speak to us about the apprenticeship scheme, graduate routes and work experience opportunities. They were great - the advice and support they gave hadn't been available to us before. I got talking to the relationship manager afterwards and thought, 'this is something I want to do'.

I spoke to our careers advisor at school, and after some work experience at the firm I applied for the apprenticeship scheme. The rest is history.

Without the support of those volunteers, I would probably have gone to university, which is definitely not what I wanted to do. They had a big impact on my life, and I'll be forever grateful.

Giving back

I've been part of our volunteering programme since I joined the firm and I took on the role of school relationship manager in Reading two years ago. It's been amazing to be involved in something so positive, I love giving back to the community.

Our volunteers work closely with John Madejski Academy through 5 Million Futures and have taken part in everything from CV workshops and mock interviews to careers fairs. We've recently set up a mentoring programme - the first in Reading - and the school is very excited about it.

We've had such great feedback from the head teacher and even some of the students have emailed us to say thank you. It's a nice feeling knowing that you're making a difference.

If you're interested in working with young people, 100% go for it. You don't have to be super-confident, just be yourself, be present and be supportive. That's all that matters.

Join us and make your own impact. Explore your opportunities here.

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