From volunteering to learning about new tech, Aaron, a Technology Transformation Analyst in Deloitte in Belfast, makes the most of every opportunity at Deloitte.
What attracted you to Deloitte and what do you love about your job?
After finishing my degree in Belfast, I was looking for a role that would allow me to use the analytical skills I’d developed. Deloitte works with some interesting public sector clients and has opportunities for rapid career advancement. After joining I was promoted within two years. I love being at the forefront of public sector change. I’m from Belfast originally, and I’m interested in making the services here in Northern Ireland the best they possibly can be. Our team supports clients to use new technology to operate as efficiently as they can. Being involved in work that’s making a tangible difference is hugely motivating for me. I also enjoy being in a fast-paced environment where there’s always something new and different to be working on.
Why do you think other people should apply for a job in consulting?
Consulting is a people driven career so there’s always a chance to build new relationships and speak to others. I also think it’s a great choice for anyone who is coming out of academia and wants to continue building their critical thinking skills. I’m analytical and love problem solving, which makes it the ideal role for me. There’s never a dull moment!
What inspired your passion for technology?
Ever since I was a child, I’ve been a massive geek. I’m a big fan of gaming, and I remember breaking my parents’ computer when I was young trying to download video games. It’s fair to say they weren’t impressed. Luckily, I’ve brushed up on my skills since then, but held on to that passion. Our public sector clients in Northern Ireland are keen to digitise their services which is exciting for me. We’re able to introduce them to cutting-edge technology and we’re constantly at the forefront of innovation and change.
How do you manage your work/life balance?
The work/life balance here at Deloitte is brilliant and despite being busy, I never feel overwhelmed. We have an open, transparent culture so I can always speak to someone if I feel as though work is piling up. I was a bit concerned about working from home during the pandemic because I’m a social person, but Deloitte made it easier. We had some great online socials, like cheese tasting, and we encouraged each other to spend time outdoors when we could. I felt as though support was in place and our mental health was looked after. Joining as a graduate I was worried I’d be expected to know everything straight away, but that wasn’t the case at all. Learning and development is valued at Deloitte, and there’s plenty of opportunities to develop and build your skills.
Are there any other opportunities at Deloitte you’ve taken advantage of?
Deloitte has a huge range of volunteering opportunities available and everyone can dedicate three hours of their time a month to non-profit work. During lockdown we partnered with a charity called The Access Project, which supports people from disadvantaged backgrounds to access higher education through mentoring and tuition. I was especially worried about the escalating gap in access to education as a result of the pandemic, so this seemed like a great way to give back. I volunteered to teach GCSE English one-on-one, which was hugely rewarding. Not only was I able to help children who had struggled to access virtual learning materials, I was also able to revisit all the books I loved while I was studying.
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