An economics student at London School of Economics and Political Science, Sean was eager to explore audit and assurance over the summer. After finding his perfect fit in Deloitte's Summer Vacation Scheme, he completed the application process and was offered a place in their 2019 programme. We caught up with Sean to learn about his experience and how you can follow in his footsteps.
Why did you choose Deloitte?
One of the things emphasised to me when talking to Deloitte representatives at careers events was the amount of investment they put into their workers through fully funded professional training and on-the-job learning. This people-focused aspect of the firm was again highlighted at the new joiner event I attended.
As well as this, as Deloitte is one of the biggest global auditors, working for them would give me insight into a whole range of different projects. This is shown by the fact that Deloitte’s client portfolio includes every kind of financial services organisation, such as insurance companies, private equity firms and banks.
How did you find the application process?
The application process was fairly standard and consisted of an online application, online test, job simulation and interview (by video call). Each stage of the process was clearly explained on the Deloitte website and communication from them after each stage was quick. I found that preparation for the interview was the most challenging part as it is difficult to know if your research has fully prepared you for it. However, I did find the interview to be enjoyable as my interviewer gave me the opportunity to ask lots of questions about the role and life at Deloitte.
What three tips would you give to BN members looking to follow in your footsteps?
- Make the most of the resources available to you. For example, ask the careers service at your university to check your CV and fully explore the website of the company you are applying to.
- To prepare for the interview, think of questions you are likely to be asked and write down answers for these.
- Don’t be intimidated by the credentials of other people going for the role – focus on yourself and why you should get it.
How did Bright Network help?
I found out about the role after receiving an email from Bright Network, who recommended it based on my interest in financial services. I also receive weekly commercial awareness emails from Bright Network that help me keep up-to-date with current affairs.
And finally, what was the toughest interview question you faced?
"What do you think you will find most challenging about the internship and what do you think you’ll enjoy most?"