Deloitte is one of the largest professional services rms in the world, with over 1,200 specialists working in NZ. Their focus includes audit, tax, technology & systems, corporate nance, business recovery, forensics and accounting services.
We had a chat to Isaac Robinson, a University of Waikato Management Studies graduate, to give us some insight about what it’s like to work at a Big Four accounting rm.
What is your role at Deloitte?
I am currently a consultant in the Tax and Private division, working on small to medium enterprises, the Māori Sector, trusts and high net worth individuals.
What do you do on an average day?
It is hard to describe an average day at Deloitte because each day is different. In Tax and Private, we do a lot of end-of-year reporting and tax returns; but we also have other compliance work such as GST returns, PAYE, provisional tax and Xero administration. This sort of work gives me the opportunity to meet with clients often, which is a part of the job that I really enjoy. I also have the opportunity on some occasions to get out of the of ce and be based on site with a client. As Deloitte has a wide range of service lines, from time to time my division links up with others such as Consulting or Risk Advisory. This provides a little taste of what the other service lines do, and is a great chance for me to add to my ‘tool box’ of skills.
Why did you choose a career at Deloitte?
I chose a career at Deloitte because of the reputation, values and brand it is based on. I started out with a summer internship during uni, which was where I had the opportunity to get an insight into what life at Deloitte was really like. My team were extremely supportive and welcoming, which stood out for me. On top of this, I realised there was a lot to learn, and Deloitte has great training and support networks which helped me along the way. Most importantly, Deloitte has a great culture which makes coming to work a lot more enjoyable.
What did you study?
I studied a Bachelor of Management Studies at The University of Waikato, majoring in accounting. While studying, I also put a lot of time into any additional learning opportunities which came along, to add to my skillset and open career opportunities. This included learning Mandarin and spending some time in China as part of my degree.
What advice do you have for students?
My advice would be to make the most of any and all opportunities that come your way. There is always a learning experience that you can take from these opportunities, which will only better yourself and open doors for your career. Volunteering, work and team experiences make you stand out from the crowd when you are looking for a job after studying. Most employers are looking for individuals who do the extras, rather than just those with good grades, so make sure you can build up as much detail about yourself as you can.