All in all, it was a good experience. My favourite part was the tax game as it actually gave us an insight into what we might do if we were to seek a career in it. It also made you talk to another group and meet some people you might not have already.
On the other hand, do expect some less exciting parts, such as talks etc.
The vast majority of the Deloitte staff were really friendly so I did feel valued. They were up for any questions you might have and were really helpful with their responses. The panel Q&A was really helpful too.
For some staff though (a very small percentage), their facial expression did say that they didn't really want to be there.
During the tax game, the Deloitte staff would come around and make sure you were on track, possibly putting you in a direction you didn't think of.. so this was helpful.
In addition, HR came around several times over the 2 days to check how we were doing. They were very friendly.
In terms of studies it won't assist me. However, it has really opened my eyes to a career in tax. Before, I just assumed it was a boring job and only crunching numbers. It's not. From the sounds of it, there is loads of client interaction and the work you do varies.
I improved my soft skills too.
I'd say very. They showed us in the morning what we were going to be doing over the day which was helpful and allowed us to know what to expect. My only complaint would be that at the end of the 2nd day, it did feel like it was dragged out a bit to reach 4/5 o clock. They could have put another activity in there.
It was great. From the start they allowed you to network with everyone and there were times throughout when you could get chatting with people. I particularly enjoyed it because I got along with my table and we could have a laugh at the same time as doing the serious stuff.
This question doesn't really suit the experience I had at Deloitte. The programme was more to improve your awareness of what tax is and immerse yourself into some situations you might face.
However, we did have a guest speaker talk to us about body language. In this sense, they were trying to develop our skills.
It improved my understanding significantly and changed my perspective of tax. They talked to us about their day to day tasks, and this was coming from analysts, consultants etc. In the sense of having a full time role there, Deloitte really sold it to me. Workers have flexible hours and have the ability to work in a different office if it suits them. They also talked about how they were going to Prague (I think) to play in a 5-a-side football tournament. So in general, Deloitte sounds like a great place to work.
As mentioned before, it helped a lot. We were able to speak to workers of different levels, from analysts to directors. They all commended Deloitte for how welcoming and easy the company is. Each year, there is also the opportunity to volunteer for a day/days, showing Deloitte doesn't only care about the work, but also about society.
Very, although my view might not be as biased if they spoke about the other areas of their company. It made me really consider tax as a career option, which is something I hadn't done before. There are loads more opportunities in tax than I thought. As I said though, it would have been great to speak to some people from consulting, risk etc.
On the second day, they have us expense forms to fill out. You have to scan it and send it with the receipts to get a maximum of £50 reimbursed. I am not sure how long it will take to get the money though. I'm sure if it's needed urgently they will accomodate.
There were lots of opportunities. During lunch on the first day, there were around 5 employees that you could go and talk to and they would happily answer any questions. At the dinner there were a range of Deloitte staff, from analysts to partner, however I didn't have the opportunity to speak to all of them as most just stayed on one table.
After the first day, we had dinner at the hotel we stayed in. Each table was allocated one employee of Deloitte; it was great to be able to speak to them in a more calm and social atmosphere. After dinner, quite a few of us went to the local pub to watch the football too, which was great to do with people you'd only just met.
Yes. As I've mentioned, there is a 5-a-side league between companies and between different locations of Deloitte. I believe they were going to Prague to play which sounds like a great opportunity.
The social life between colleagues sounds great too, especially in London on a thursday night! The majority of this I found out during the dinner - it is your opportunity to be a bit less formal with the employees.
Definitely. It dispelled many misconceptions about tax and work in general. If you think tax is boring because of the general stereotype, I would apply because there really is a lot of stuff you don't know. It also opens your eyes to what working in a big four firm is like.