The internship was very enjoyable because it gave me a real insight into the life of a consultant. Of course it was not possible to personally experience the great diversity that forms part of the role, because of the short nature of the internship, but through talking with other interns I managed to get more of an idea of what various projects could be available. The nature of the work was challenging but support existed when it was needed. I enjoyed the placement to a good extend because of these reasons.
My team was very mixed and had a variety of different Deloitte and client colleagues, many of whom were very senior. Although the team was large, the section that I was put with made sure that I felt valued and I got on well with many of them who offered me advice and gave me the chance to do many different tasks. I feel as though your work ethic partly determines how colleagues value you. If you can show that you are willing to learn and have potential, then others will help you to fulfill that.
As you are working in small teams on different clients a lot of the time you are managed by lots of different people. You are also assigned someone to look after you personal development but, due to what I have just mentioned, you do not meet face to face often. It it therefore up to you to reach out in order to get the help you need. Support and guidance was available for everything that I needed, including guidance in project work, support in personal matters, support with personal development, and much more.
This really depends on the time of year. January and February are the busiest months as this is when most large companies have their year ends. As a result it is expected that you work longer than contracted hours in order to help the team. During the rest of the year, while you are still busy, the workload is generally lower. I could have been a bit busier some of the time. The project was very busy and as such many of my team members had their own things to do and so couldn't always find things for me to do but whenever I asked there were normally suggestions for things to do.
I was given some responsibility, particularly for one task, but because of the high stakes I did not have very much. It was nice to discuss the tasks I was given though with my manager and discuss how they could have been improved/developed upon. Before joining, I did not expect to be trusted with, for example, deliverables that would be presented back to the client for key decisions. However, I found the balance good because I could use any downtime to find out more about Deloitte.
The opportunity to work in an office environment with a variety of different people is always very useful! Furthermore, the hard PowerPoint skills that I learnt (along with a brief insight into Tableau) will be useful no matter which career path I take. Experiencing the different working styles of different people will also be useful. The role also helps develop softer skills such as managing workloads and how best to interact with clients. In terms of the technical skills I feel as though what I have learned is already benefitting my studies as I am now being taught theory/skills which I’ve already encountered during my placement.
As mentioned there were points during the project when there were high levels of stress because of the deadlines. I realise this would not be the case on every project but even the Deloitte office itself seemed vibrant and welcoming. As you are mostly working in locations other than the office, when you do return everyone is in a good mood as they are able to catch up with their colleagues. Even when you are not in the office the atmosphere in individual engagement teams is very good
The internship itself ran smoothly, aside from the fact that my line manager was on holiday for the last week of my placement and as such could not do the impartial review of my feedback, which was instead left to my project manager, defeating the impartiality. Besides this, the internship seemed to be very well organised. One of the few areas I think could have been improved. Placement students at the company are not that common, and so it was quite hard to find out information from people about whether I needed to do anything in perpetration for joining the firm.
They seemed very interested in personal training. I attended a PowerPoint workshop as well as a Lunch & Learn, Incubator event and a Partner breakfast. I know from speaking to Deloitte colleagues that many other people who were permanent employees also had the chance to do training and develop their personal skills. I was surprised to find the range of opportunities out there for 101 classes, certifications, networking events, and much more. Once again, personal training and development is amazing, the firm heavily invests in each and every individual, and equally in those on placements that are only there for a few months.
At the end of my placement I was offered a full-time analyst role in accounting for this year. I accepted this as I feel as though this is the best place you can train as an accountant thanks to the experience and exposure you get to a wide variety of companies and industries. So I think that there are plenty of places within the organisation! They are also hiring this year for external candidates who did not do the internship as far as I am aware of.
These were all excellent opportunities to meet with other groups and get to know them better! Many people might end up back at Deloitte this year so the focus on the networking among the students, in a more relaxed setting was really great. There were more socials than I could count. We had a few socials for just placement students, but alongside that, there were socials happening constantly for all colleagues to get together, where it be project socials, service area socials, team socials, etc. It was a lot of fun and a great opportunity to catch up with and get to know colleagues.
London is always going to be an expensive place to live and socialise. Travel itself was expensive for the month and eating out cost quite a lot. The office was in the heart of London and therefore not in one of the cheaper areas. That said interns were given a competitive wage for their time! A positive of working at Deloitte though is that you are able to claim expenses when you have to travel to a location that is not your normal office, so that meant I was able to save quite a bit on the cost of commuting.
I personally did not go out to clubs very much but the socials I attended were all really great and there seemed to be a vibrant nightlife with many young professionals gathering together. This was encouraged by the drinks deals in many bars in the area. Many of the other interns did stay out for much longer though! London has a huge nightlife as anyone knows, so therefore there was no shortage of things to do! The firm hosted great events which were located in some amazing places, so my overall experience was amazing. I'd recommend the area to anyone that has an interest in nightlife and are looking for things to do in general.
As an intern, not so many, besides events such as the Incubator pitches (like a Dragon Den style thing). However, I know that many of the analysts do lots of volunteering and social clubs, such as sports, and that there is a gym onsite which can be used by full-time employees! The company is involved in quite a few external activities, from charity work to engaging with local schools. During my placement I was able to get involved with career fairs and insight days at local schools where I was able to inform people about the opportunities available with the firm
Internship (1-4 Months)
26th August 2020