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Georgia Gordon, Deloitte Private

Any application hints or tips?

Grades will get you a foot in Deloitte but it is also important to have other interests outside of University. Make sure to include in your CV your interests and hobbies as it can give you something to talk about in an interview.

A brief description of your journey to Deloitte from university

I studied a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and minoring in Finance, I managed to get a summer internship with Deloitte and then started the year after as a graduate. I’m now in my third year working as a Consultant in the Private service line in Deloitte Dunedin.

What factored in to your decision to join Deloitte?

Firstly it was my experience in the internship, the culture and staff in Dunedin made the choice easy but beyond that it was the variety of work that we are exposed to compared to some other smaller accounting firms.

What’s a unique or important skill or interest that you’ve been able to develop with Deloitte?

You naturally develop your professional skills when you’re here, these include time management, professional writing and public speaking. Other skills you develop include proficiency in many software’s that you use on a daily basis (i.e. Excel, Xero).

What support do you get from your team/leaders/partners etc?

There is a lot of support in the first year. This comes initially from your peers, who have been in the same position as you so naturally they become your first call for help. Then support from your managers with frequent catch ups around your career progression and general work life.

What’s the client work like? Is there a variety of work?

There is a good variety of work down here in Dunedin, you can work with individuals or families, right through to large corporate organisations. One of the perks of being in a smaller office (Deloitte Dunedin), is you get exposure to a range of different clients and work experiences. If you enjoy a particular piece of work there are always opportunities to request more of that work in the future.

Have you been able to take advantage of professional opportunities?

Some professional opportunities that I’ve gotten to do through Deloitte include going on a client secondment but also being involved in some CAANZ speaking opportunities – opportunities that have helped build my understanding of the industry and build on my skills.

What’s great about the Dunedin office?

Everyone knows everyone. In a smaller office like Dunedin, you get to know everyone quite well.

Shahmeer Ahmed, Assurance & Advisory

A brief description of your journey to Deloitte from university

So I initially started off studying Law and Commerce, and after a semester of Law, I realised it was nothing like the show Suits, so I decided to focus my efforts solely on my BCom degree. From there, I decided to apply for any opportunity that showed up in my inbox, since the single degree opened up a lot more time for me. One of these opportunities was an internship at Deloitte, which to be honest, I’d not heard of. I thought I’d apply anyway and managed to secure myself an internship over the summer of 19/20. I enjoyed my time thoroughly and when I was offered a graduate position in 2021, I didn’t hesitate in accepting.

What factored in to your decision to join Deloitte?

It was the internship that led to me getting offered a graduate role, for which I’m very thankful for. Working at a large firm does provide a lot of opportunities to progress your career and learn a wide variety of skills. I also still wanted to remain in Dunedin for at least a few more years and the Dunedin office was a perfect fit.

What’s a unique or important skill or interest that you’ve been able to develop with Deloitte?

Definitely the people skills, particularly when talking with clients. It still feels weird being a 22 year old discussing important financial information with CFO’s and managers, but it’s such an interesting experience having to communicate with a wide variety of businesses and clients and learning something new about each one!

What support do you get from your team/leaders/partners etc?

Being in Audit, a lot of our work is within teams, and nobody wants you to fail. Help is always there when you need it, you just got to remember to ask and reach out. It can be intimidating at first, for sure, but you’ll realise that when they take time out of their day to help you, it will benefit everyone. We were told on our first day that they’d rather us pester the team with questions than to work on something we know nothing about and potentially mess something up down the line. There’s also a lot of encouragement to pursue interests and maintain a life outside of work and they’re very accommodating for it, which is really nice!

What’s the client work like? Is there a variety of work?

I’ve worked with a wide variety of clients in different industries. I’ve worked with schools, freight companies, district and regional councils, shipping ports, healthcare companies etc. Although we’re auditing all of them, the information and backgrounds of each client are always so different from one another and therefore they’re all so interesting to learn about.

Have you been able to take advantage of professional opportunities?

The CA program definitely, having a few other graduates in my position sitting these assessments together takes a large weight off your shoulders. The benefits of getting a CA are endless and can open up a lot of doors for you down the line.

What’s great about the Dunedin office?

I like to think the people are the best part, we’re a pretty small office compared to the other ones across the country. Naturally we’re a bit of a close knit group since most of us came from relatively similar backgrounds –  a lot of us studied at Otago too. It makes coming in to work just that bit more enjoyable.