Since joining Deloitte as an Actuarial Analyst, Owen’s career has come on leaps and bounds. We talk to him about leadership, people and his sense of purpose.
What attracted you to Deloitte?
Deloitte is a world-wide company, known for their inclusivity, their diversity and the training programmes they offer. I had attended some of the Deloitte open days while in school and everyone I met gave me a warm welcome which made me feel comfortable. I knew that it was a company with really good people.
What’s the best thing about working with your team?
It sounds cliché but the best thing about working with my team is all the truly brilliant people. I learn so much every day and can see myself developing as the months go on. I’m also seeing how other new starts and placement students are becoming big assets to the team and it reminds me of the type of company Deloitte is.
What does good leadership mean to you?
A leader is someone who can take control of any situation and navigate their team through tough times. This means making the right choices, motivating the team, teaching and passing on knowledge, as well as delegating and trusting individuals with work. A good leader should also be a friend, who you respect. Our team leader never fails to ask us about our weekends and takes an interest in our lives outside of work.
What do you enjoy about where you work?
Deloitte operates with a hybrid working model which is great for increasing flexibility. It means that we have the choice of venturing into the office or working from home. We’re actually getting a new office built in Belfast, so it’ll be exciting to see our new workspace. Our offices are right in the city centre, so post-work socials are easy for us to arrange.
What drives your sense of purpose?
Without pensions people would struggle to survive in older age. My work allows me to develop a deeper understanding of how pensions work and how we can make them more efficient. I’m also given the opportunity to analyse pension schemes and help the client make the best decisions for their members.