An insight event in tax consulting in Deloitte
I found the whole event very enjoyable. Although there was some work to be done (ie presenting to 'clients'), they were fairly informal and so not particualrly stressful. Everyone in the event got on very well, so the time in between activities was also very pleasant. The activities and talks were all interesting
The company gave us lots of breaks and chances to ask questions. They also had talks on diversity and inclusion which made everyone feel valued and included. Furthermore, there were a number of networking events, where we got to speak to employees and they all really took time out of their schedules to fully help us, making us feel valued
In terms of deciding if we wanted to apply to Summer Vacation Schemes within the company, the firm gave a lot of guidance on how to apply and what to expect in the application. The networking opportunities were also very good to help us decide if a career in tax was right for us. There could have been a bit more guidance on the tax game
The talk by Judi James focused on how to present oneself, in giving presentations, in how to greet someone, and how to sit in interviews, which will be very useful. We were also given feedback after presenting and working in teams, which will be invaluable in future work. We also improved our skill in analsying and synthessing info in the tax game.
There was a clear agenda for both days, that was followed exactly, and for the most part we were on time. The order of events was also well -structured, in that the activity was not until the second day so we had had a chance to understand tax a bit more already. It could have been slightly clearer from the start when and how much time we would have for our vlog project.
The atmosphere was really lovely. As mentioned, all of the students there got on really well, which was really nice. the organisers of the event were very friendly, and funny and kept the whole event light-hearted and enjoyable rather than stressful. when we had interactive panels, the panelists also came across as very willing to help.
They organised a talk from body language expert, Judi James, which was really useful, and felt like the firm was actually trying to help us improve in the event. They also had partners take time out of their day to come and help with presentations and the tax game, which was really useful and again felt that the firm was willing to help us develop skills.
There was a lot of information given to us about what tax consultants did, and the career progression available. The networking opportunities and panel discussion also gave us the chance to find out from current employees what day-to-day work was like, and the sort of work and clients they had. There could have been a bit more on other service lines though.
There were talks in the afternoon of the first day on diversity and inclusion, showing Deloitte were really making an effort to make them firm a more diverse and equal place. The networking events also showed that Deloittes ffices were not overly hierachical - first years and partners were talking and laughing, and seemed to get on well.
The event was very useful. It discussed all the different career paths and opportunities we could take, eg doing summer vacation scheme or an industrial placement or a grad job, which was very useful. We also got a comprehensive understanding of what a job in deloitte would be like, which was very valuable in helping us understand whether tax consulting was something we would be interested in.
The event was not paid as it was only a two day event. However, we were able to be reimbursed for travel costs and accommodation needed to attend the event. We could be reimbursed for up to £50 per day, which was plenty. At the event we were told how to reimburse costs, and were given the forms to do this.
We had an interactive panel with 4 grads who were working in the Reading office, and got the chance to ask them questions about their job. We also had a networking dinner, where we could talk to graduate recruits for the whole evening, and there was a networking opportunity during lunch.
The two networking opportunities were very casual which made them a lot more comfortable. All the employees were very happy to talk about their jobs and give any advice/guidance. They all were also happy to give us their email addresses so we could ask for advice later on. There was also the opportunity to network with people from different levels of the firm, from first year analysts to the head of indirect tax.
Yes. We were told about the sporting events, such as the football league in Prague and the bike rides for charity. They also discussed other chariuty events such as a sleep out and told us that employees could take paid leave to volunteer for charities or help with their one million futures campaign.
Definitely. the experience was invaluable, from developing skills, meeting and befriending new people to having the chance to find out what working as a tax onsultant in Deloitte would be like; both what day to day work included but also what they found most or least interesting about the job. We also learnt about Deloitte's working environment, and whether or not it would be an environment we would want to work in, so incredibly useful in helping determine our career paths.