Intern within risk advisory. This includes spending time working in various areas of the risk advisory team including risk analytics and TRC, Interns get to work on client projects alongside graduates and experienced colleagues. This includes making slides, attending meetings and creating reports.
The placement allowed for a lot of variety and switching between teams which meant that I was always seeing and trying new things. Responsibility was given almost immediately which made the placement more enjoyable. There were days when there was not much for me to do which is why I haven't rated this higher than an 8 but overall it was fun and felt like I was getting a real experience of what it is like to work at Deloitte.
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My colleagues were lovely and welcoming and most were happy to ask me to help them and give me real responsibilities. This allowed me to feel valued as it seemed as if they believed in me and wanted to be fully involved. Occasionally I was pushed to the side and given very minor tasks to do as something to keep me busy which I guess is to be expected as a very new intern. Some colleagues did make it clear that I was not the same as them however.
I had a placement coordinator the whole time who set up my timetable and had weekly catch-ups with me. She was lovely and was always there if I had problems or questions. If there was another area of the firm I wanted to see she would try and find a way to get me experience within that team. I also had a buddy who was in a graduate role and answered questions I had before and during the placement. These made it easier for me to settle in and meant that I knew I could go to someone if I was stuck. The managers I had throughout the placement also always took time out to support and guide me in the tasks I was given.
This really depended. Some days, especially at the start of the 6 weeks, I was incredibly busy and ended up having up to 12 hour days simply due to travelling to and from client sites. This settled down to be the right level of busy later on as client site visits became closer or I was in the Deloitte office. Occasionally (especially towards the end of my placement), there was very little work available for me as I hadn't been assigned to a specific task and at that point I did become quite bored.
For the length of time I was there, I felt I was given a lot of responsibility. I was able to attend and actively engage in client meetings and create scope documents and slides that would be given to the client. In my last week, I was allowed to jointly run a meeting and create a report for the client from this.
I believe that the skills I gained in terms of note-taking, attending and leading meetings and presentation giving will be very valuable to me in the remainder of my degree and for when I go into the workplace. The training was limited as the role was quite a short internship but I feel it will help me be more comfortable when starting a graduate job either for Deloitte or another company.
The office was generally very friendly although could be quiet on days when a lot of the employees were out at client sites. Often most people at the same level had lunch together in the chill out areas of the office which made it feel more relaxed and welcoming. As it is a very open office, it felt more like you could talk to each other about both work and other things and the regular employees often made jokes and chatted about TV etc. As the world cup was on during my internship, the games were shown on a TV so people often worked while watching which was nice.
Apart from a few spare days where nothing had been planned for me, the internship was very well organised. I had a timetable where I worked with a different team each week and most of the meetings and client site days were given to me in advance so I was also able to plan around them. My coordinator ensured that always knew what was going on.
The internship started with a training day in London which introduced us to the firms values and the type of work we could expect. Through this we were also introduced to the IT systems and were given a motivational speech on leadership. Throughout the internship, I had online training courses to complete which developed my personal skills. On certain weeks, such as my week with risk analytics, I was also taught how to use new software.
Very appealing. After the placement you are almost immediately aware as to whether you have a graduate offer or not which makes the final year of university much easier. Deloitte offers full time employees lots of perks and as a big company seems to offer strong job stability and promotional opportunities. The focus of the internship was on these opportunities for promotion and shows that future prospects with the firm are high.
Unfortunately, there were no other interns in my office till the last week and I didn't see her often as I was on client site and preparing for interview. I was aware there were other interns in the building in other areas of Deloitte but I was never introduced to them. For some reason they all had an additional morning of training together in the Manchester office and I was taken straight to the Leeds office.
I study in Leeds anyway so the cost of living was normal to me and I could stay in my student accommodation. I would say it's a relatively cheap city for accommodation, depending on which area you choose to stay in and food costs are quite low. In terms of socialising, the bars and restaurants my colleagues at Deloitte went to are slightly more expensive than those I usually frequent but not extortionate!
The nightlife in Leeds is great. There are multiple places to go out for food, drinks and clubbing as well as other more cultural activities to get involved in. There is something going on every single night whatever you are in to. At the weekends there are also often bigger events you can attend.
There were some work drinks that I could attend as well as lunches together. Besides those, I was able to get involved with their women's network which allowed me to take part in additional activities and also join meetings. There are other societies available to get involved with too as well as some voluntary opportunities