10 November 2023

The Exciting Life of a Deloitte Placement Student

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My name is Henry Parker. Following a seven-month placement in Deloitte’s Consulting department, I worked as a Brand Ambassador for the company at Durham University.

I was most attracted to the Deloitte Industrial Placement and Scholar scheme due to the unrivalled business experience, project-critical responsibility and universal prestige the programme offered.

Read on to find out what I learnt from my experience at Deloitte and why you should do a placement at this amazing company…

1) Learn transferable skills

Following the completion of an intensive two-week training programme with the new graduate intake, I was immediately placed on the client site.

There I worked with a major news corporation to implement a new technological solution for placing advertisements in their publications.

Throughout my placement, I went on to work with clients from a global bank, as well as a multinational auction house. Daunting? A little bit. Exciting? Absolutely.

One of the most attractive parts of working in Consulting is that no two days are the same.

Even though I was occasionally presented with less-than-glamorous, yet project-vital Excel-based tasks, there were many other moments when I was taken aback by the responsibility and quality expected of me in the tasks I was given.

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2) Work with senior team members

Presenting a report I had created for a senior client Director, which would be used to report back to the Chief Executive of a major multinational client, is just one example of the challenging and engaging tasks I completed during my placement.

The array of challenges, rewards and experiences I gained throughout my seven months working at Deloitte made me realise that you should grab every opportunity presented to you -, even if you think it might put you outside your comfort zone.

Deloitte industrial placement

Six-to-twelve months at Deloitte means many things. Working with colleagues across the business, pushing boundaries by doing great work for clients, AND if you really prove yourself, you might even be offered a place on one of their graduate schemes.  

A Deloitte placement doesn’t just revolve around finance. You’ll be working on some really diverse projects with clients that will have a huge impact on the business. Not to mention, learning new skills that will set you up for a very exciting career indeed. 

Want to know which sectors Deloitte offers industrial placements in? Check them out below.

Is it hard to get a placement year?

Getting a job at Deloitte is certainly not easy. Being one of the big 4, recruiters look for exceptional qualities when hiring candidates.

However, knowledge isn’t everything. If you’re assertive, have great problem-solving skills and a willingness to learn, you’ve got a real chance at succeeding.

Placement year applications are competitive. So if you want to make an impression, you’ll need to tailor your application to the specific role and company you’re applying for. 

Otherwise your CV will be booted out faster than you can say… Ready…Steady…Cook!

Becoming a brand ambassador

When the opportunity to become an On-Campus Promotions Brand Ambassador for Deloitte presented itself, I jumped at the chance.

During my time as a Brand Ambassador, I drew on skills and experience acquired from my placement to promote the many opportunities available at Deloitte to students at my university.

With the support from the On-Campus Promotions team in London, I really enjoyed getting my message across to students at Durham.

Delivering interactive campus-based events, helping to present evening talks to students and meeting with key figures from the university were all great experiences that broadened my skill set.

As competition for internships and graduate jobs continuously intensifies, making yourself stand out from the crowd becomes increasingly important.

There are few opportunities that can match those presented by Deloitte and On-Campus Promotions. So if you’re thinking about becoming a Brand Ambassador, don’t hold back. Go for it!