Amy tells us all about her career in Audit & Assurance, from inclusion and the environment, to her love of her adopted Scottish home.
What do you do at Deloitte?
In short, my job is to check how reliable and fair a company’s financial information is, by examining and analysing evidence. It involves a lot of ‘ticking and bashing’, but there’s a lot more to it than that. You develop a thorough understanding of how the business runs and what standards and principles are required. Looking at our role in the integrated and global business world, auditors help to build trust by enhancing the transparency and credibility of financial reporting.
What’s fired you up about your industry lately?
Climate change for sure! Particularly the government’s pledge to stop oil and gas companies from drilling in the North Sea, if they won’t commit to net zero emissions. I did a Masters in climate change and am really looking forward to seeing my career and interest in environmental issues cross paths.
Climate change is a hot topic in audit right now; we have to demonstrate our understanding of the impact of it on our clients. I think, over the next five years, we’ll see the energy sector placing more importance on aligning their business strategy to energy transition and making plans to commit to net zero by 2050. Legal, reputational and financial factors will move them towards enhanced disclosure on emissions and other data. I think companies will actively look into new technologies that minimise emissions and how to commercialise them.
Do you feel you work in an inclusive environment?
The firm certainly does a lot to make us feel included. I really like the ‘Cuppa Club’, where you can have conversations with all sorts of people. I’ve spoken to colleagues working in tax, forensic, audit, legal, sustainability services, consulting, etc about their experience, hobbies, funny stories, and secret recipes. Inclusivity is also about flexibility, we work in an agile way here, which means I could work at hours that suit me.
I remember a colleague once shared an email about Holi festival and brought laddu for us share in our office kitchen (this was before Covid struck). Such things encourage me to share too. I once sent an email about mid-autumn festival to my office and got to know a colleague who’d learned Chinese, who replied to my email in Chinese. That’s a bonus!
How have you progressed since you started here?
I started as an Associate on the Audit & Assurance Graduate Programme and progressed to Senior Associate in my second year. I’m now aiming to improve my core audit knowledge, project management and client relationship skills, to prepare myself for the role and responsibility of an Assistant Manager next year.
In terms of learning and development: personally, I’ve learned to take more responsibility and ownership for things. And to work with colleagues from different backgrounds, with respect and appreciation of their culture. Professionally, I’ve learned how to work as part of a team, own my mistakes and learn from them, so I improve for the future. I’ve learned to be persistent and not take things at face value when clients provide information; this is vital to ensure the quality of our work. I’ve also amassed a huge amount of technical knowledge, including complex areas, such as recognition and calculation of IFRS16 lease.
How did you find the recruitment process?
It was quite straightforward. I filled in an application form, and then completed the Immersive Online Assessment, which was a set of online tests, both numerical and verbal. Two weeks later, I was invited for the Job Simulation, and then a final interview two weeks after that. I was doing a Masters in London at the time, so it was quite exciting to book a trip to Aberdeen, and attend an interview over 500 miles away across the country. I had my interview on Monday and got the call from my interviewer offering me a place on Thursday the same week. Throughout the process, I received emails with clear instructions on how to progress to the next step. The whole process took about two months.
Do you have any advice for anyone applying now?
Be open to new opportunities. Whether it’s a different discipline, a new city, or a new working environment. Although I had never even visited Aberdeen before the interview, I’m really enjoying everything about my time here. From the work and people, to the proximity to the beach and the natural landscape in Scotland. One of the best decisions I ever made was to apply the Aberdeen office; I am glad that we chose each other.
Tell us about Aberdeen
I love Aberdeen! It’s a beautiful coastal city. I can go on a weekend run along the beach. I’ve been for a few hikes in Cairngorms national park, which is gorgeous and the wild berries in summer will not fail you! I also love picking up Doric (the local dialect), usually from my colleagues and clients.
Our office mainly specialises in audit, tax and transaction services, particularly for the oil and gas sector. Aberdeen is definitely the energy capital of the UK. By working here, I’ve gained a lot of insight into how these businesses work and their response to energy transition. Given their size and expertise, they can make an important impact.
And when you’re not working, beach running, or berry picking…?
I’m volunteering. At Deloitte, I’ve been able to help students with their applications as part of the early career activities we host. It is nice to see how motivated they are and to help by sharing my experience. Or I’m playing guitar, a hobby I developed during lockdown. I really enjoyed it when we sang for a colleague’s birthday over Zoom, and I had the spontaneous idea to add guitar accompaniment. I even won an office prize for playing Taylor Swift, ‘Safe and Sound’!
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