Helping you to find your fit
We speak to Orla Graham, chief human resources officer (CHRO) at Deloitte, about the top things to know about the company and what to consider when thinking about your next career step.
“There are a myriad of options that are available to graduates as they consider their first steps into the working world and it can sometimes be daunting,” says Orla Graham. “Here at Deloitte, we have just commenced our search to fill 280 graduate positions across offices in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Belfast.”
There is plenty of choice at Deloitte, and graduates can join one of eight programmes - audit and assurance, tax, consulting, corporate finance, risk advisory, technology consulting, actuarial, reward and analytics, and the apprentice solicitor programme.
“We think it’s fair to say that there really is something for everyone. The challenge can be finding your fit – both in terms of organisation and indeed area of work.”
Help is at hand, however! To help decide which of Deloitte’s graduate programmes might be of most interest, Deloitte have developed FIND YOUR FIT, a new online assessment tool to help graduates discover what type of team work might suit them best.
But first things first. For graduates that feel they don’t know enough about Deloitte, we’ve outlined the top things that you may not know about the company and what you should consider when thinking about where your next move will be.
1. Deloitte is the global leader in professional services
Joining Deloitte provides graduates with an opportunity to become part of the worldwide leader in professional services and consulting. And what does that look like? It’s a global network of 263,900 professionals in 150 countries. In Ireland, Deloitte has approximately 3,000 professionals providing audit and assurance, tax, consulting, and corporate finance services to public and private clients spanning multiple industries.
In 2017, the firm was ranked by Fortune magazine as one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’. Bloomberg Business consistently names Deloitte as the best place to launch a career and, earlier this year, the firm earned a place on LinkedIn’s 2018 Global Top Companies list.
2. Deloitte is the 2018 Graduate Employer of the Year
In fact, Deloitte toasted quadruple success at this year’s gradireland awards, winning not only Graduate Employer of the Year, but also the Best Innovation on Campus award. The firm also received the silver award in the Best Graduate Training and Development Programme category and the bronze award in the Best Graduate Recruitment Website category.
3. At Deloitte, they work with and for the best
“We believe the secret to our success, put simply, is who we are,” says Orla. “We work with our clients, not just for them, solving their most complex and challenging problems to deliver the best results. These clients are leaders in their field – we work with most of the Fortune Global 500 companies, including top technology companies who have their headquarters in Ireland.”
4. Deloitte is the only professional services network to be on the Fortune prestigious 2018 ‘Change the World’ list
“Deloitte is deeply honoured to be listed among the top organisations changing the world,” says Orla. “Deloitte’s fundamental belief is that we exist to make a positive impact for clients, our people, and the communities in which we live and work. Last year, our people volunteered over 9,000 hours to local community projects.”
Everyone is encouraged and supported to get involved in IMPACT Day, a Deloitte worldwide initiative where people volunteer to devote a working day to a project that has a direct and positive impact on society.
5. At Deloitte, they develop graduates to lead from day one…and the learning never stops
Deloitte is a place where leaders thrive, and it provides graduates with opportunities to lead irrespective of level or grade. The past year has seen Deloitte roll out over 140,900 hours of learning.
“Our commitment to the professional development of people is sacrosanct,” says Orla. “Focused on technical, client relationship and technology skills, and reinforced by on-the-job learning, a ‘lifelong’ tailored learning approach ensures graduates continue to succeed at every stage of their career.
“In 2018, we celebrated some great exam success with two of our people getting first in the Chartered Accountants Proficiency (CAP1) and CAP2 exams. These results are reflective of the ongoing support we give to students.”
As well as financial support, Deloitte’s in-house exam support includes introductory sessions, tutorials, exam preparation workshops, exam helpline and their study leave allowances exceed the recommendations of the relevant professional bodies.
6. Deloitte accepts graduates from all disciplines
Deloitte has recruited a variety of graduates in the past two years – those with business degrees, but also people with science, IT, engineering, music and arts degrees. So, it’s fair to say that the people who work at Deloitte come from a variety of different backgrounds.
“We firmly believe that our strength consistently lies in the fact that we recruit people who look at complex issues through a different lens. But we do have common important attributes, we are curious, imaginative and open-minded.”
7. At Deloitte, there are opportunities to make friends from all over the world
When you join Deloitte, you join a powerful and global network of talented professionals. There are opportunities to build lifelong connections with colleagues and clients all around the world. They support you to embrace opportunities and assignments across the firm and the global network.
8. Innovation is everywhere at Deloitte
“Innovation is fundamental to everything we do at Deloitte,” explains Orla. “From enhancing the services we offer clients, improving the way we do things within our business to our graduate application process!
“Our award-winning, fast, online application and assessment process includes an option to apply from a smart phone or tablet. The scenario-based graduate recruitment assessment presents graduates with situations they are likely to encounter at Deloitte and provides a robust understanding of what makes people successful at the firm.”
9. You can bring your complete self to work at Deloitte
Everyone can thrive, develop and succeed at Deloitte. Deloitte’s focus on respect and inclusion is designed to foster an environment where everyone can bring every aspect of themselves to work so they can excel, share ideas and where difference is welcomed and harnessed.
“It is through Deloitte’s inclusive culture that we attract, develop and advance our people, who have varied backgrounds, perspectives and experiences, which ultimately brings richer, more innovative solutions to our clients.”
10. And finally, at Deloitte, you can have fun
Deloitte recognise the importance of positive wellbeing and the ability to achieve career-life balance. There are a number of supports in place to help manage work and life and reward you for being part of a world-class team. Whether you are into yoga, running, cycling, surfing, kayaking, skiing, rugby or going to the theatre, there is something for you at Deloitte.
“At Deloitte, we believe success in the workplace comes in many different forms. Our commitment is to provide an inclusive and enjoyable workplace with a challenging career path where graduates can develop both personally and professionally.”
So, if you think Deloitte might just be the right option for you, Deloitte would love to hear from you. To access the Deloitte FIND YOUR FIT tool, get information on Deloitte’s graduate programmes, and to apply for graduate positions, visit www.deloitte.ie/students. The closing date for applications is 17th October 2018.