Kieran talks about volunteering, his involvement in Deloitte’s Thrive wellbeing network, and how he’s changed direction since joining us.
What do you do at Deloitte?
I work in Financial Advisory. I assist central and local government in providing analysis for various projects. I’m currently working with teams that are delivering various government initiatives. I enjoy the work I do, as I feel like I am making a tangible difference.
I joined the Audit team in 2014, before moving across to Financial Advisory. What has surprised me most about the firm is the range of opportunities on offer here to do that. As well as internal secondments, there are lots of other opportunities to get involved with, for example I’m part of our wellbeing and diversity networks and I also do some volunteering.
Can you tell us more about your networks and volunteering?
Sure. I’m a member of the Thrive network, which offers wellbeing support to everyone at Deloitte. I’m on the committee as a communications lead. I also lead a team of Deloitte volunteers for Caritas Conversation Club. We help refugees improve their English through the power of conversation.
How else does Deloitte support your wellbeing?
In my current job, I’m encouraged to take time where I can for myself, given the busy nature of the project. I go for walks during the day to make sure I’m staying active and getting some fresh air. I do feel that we have avenues to discuss mental wellbeing in my team.
What’s the most interesting thing in your industry right now?
The ‘levelling up agenda’, where the government wants to reduce the economic inequalities between different regions of the UK. I think that the principle is something of importance, but whether it will be felt in the future will be interesting to see. As a result, there should be more work that moves towards the North and the North West.
Do you feel Deloitte fosters an inclusive environment?
Yes I think it does, for me anyway. Of course, there’s always more to be done. Being part of our Thrive network, I see that people who are interested in wellbeing take part in wellbeing initiatives. But, it’s also important to involve those people who think they don’t need support.
How have you developed since joining the firm?
I’ve gained confidence in myself and have been given opportunities to work with people from across the firm. I’ve developed analytical skills and commercial skills, particularly when I was working within the Transaction Services department. I worked there for two years and was promoted to Manager, before I joined the Government and Infrastructure department that I’m in now. There are definitely opportunities to move across the firm, as I have.
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