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Insight programme

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I really enjoyed this insight event. It managed to combine an overview of many of Deloitte's diverse service lines with the opportunity to network (via a networking dinner and throughout the event) and the chance to work in groups on practical projects. We got help from the professionals with our projects, which was also great.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

Deloitte had clearly thought carefully about how to design the programme so that we would gain the most from it, and I really appreciated that effort. The fact that they had people come all the way from London to help in our projects was testament to their excellent care for us. Nothing like the stereotype of a work experience scheme where all you do is make coffee!


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

We received a lot of group support, as well as plenty of opportunity to ask questions throughout the event. The networking dinner gave us the opportunity to ask questions to people from different areas of the company. I guess there could have been more one-on-one support - Pinsent Masons led the way in this in their work experience by giving one-on-one CV and development support - but really the support was very good at Deloitte.

(They also offered extra support if we wanted it with advice on further steps - for example, if you were unsure about which service line you wanted to apply for.)


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

It's only been a couple of months since the programme, so it's tricky to answer this question accurately, but I think the skills and informed I learned were valuable. It improved my knowledge of Deloitte and consulting (as well as other areas), as well as giving me the chance to develop teamwork skills.

A nice, unexpected touch was that they brought in an external guest speaker from London on body language. This is definitely an area that is underestimated and the talk was fascinating.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

It was very well-structured. It wasn't perfect - as to be expected with anything! - since we had a little extra time on the first day, but that wasn't a problem. But other than that it was seamless structure, with lots of different types of activities.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Great! Not every part of this insight was easy - and that's the way it should be, since easy stuff typically doesn't teach you a lot. But there was a positive atmosphere all around me. People were here from across the UK and even beyond, and everyone wanted to learn more about Deloitte and how to make the most of their future.


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

Deloitte invested significantly in us, as I've already mentioned. For example:
- They got internal people in from many fields, and also for the networking dinner at the hotel
- They got an external guest speaker in (as mentioned), which I really appreciated
- They invested time in designing interesting practical challenges based on different service lines (e.g. tax consulting, Deloitte Digital, audit & assurance)
- They offered to pay up to £100 in travel expenses, and put us up in a local hotel for a night


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

I think quite significantly, but unfortunately I can't answer this question well know, since I haven't (yet - hopefully!) had a full-time role at Deloitte!


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

Very well - we were given presentations on the various extra programmes and community groups that many at Deloitte get involved in, such as Deloitte's ambitious One Million Futures charity programme. I felt it was really important that these aspects were emphasised.


10. How valuable was the content of the day in helping you to decide on your future career path?

Obviously, no programme other than full-time employment can give you a perfect representation of what full-time employment would be like. But having said this, Deloitte gave it a very good shot! They kept us busy with a diverse array of projects that, as mentioned, involved various different service lines. And by giving us plenty of access to Deloitte people (not only at the networking dinner but also during lunch and over the whole programme), we could ask questions about life at Deloitte.


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11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

We were told that there would be £50 of travel reimbursement. It turned out to be £50/day. Either would have been very generous.

It would have been nice to have been provided accommodation the night before, since the event started at 9 and many of us were coming from London and some from continental Europe. It turned out that accommodation was covered by the £50/day, but we didn't realise this until the end of the event, so they could have been clearer.

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

Yes! As mentioned, professionals were involved in many of our group projects, and there was a networking dinner with Deloitte people after the first night at the hotel.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Very good!


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

Yes! As mentioned, there was an insightful presentation (on the first day) about the range of community groups and volunteering opportunities that Deloitte people get involved in. I was very happy to see how popular these initiatives are within Deloitte (i.e. how many people actually do take these extra opportunities to try to make a difference in society).


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes, almost definitely (assuming that they had some interest in Deloitte and/or the service lines that Deloitte offers).