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“ How do you think Audit in London varies from the rest of the country? ”

Rudi W. asked a question
during the live chat Deloitte 'ON AIR' Chat - London
to Deloitte UK Recruitment Team

11/02/2014
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Thanks for the invite and taking the time out to answer questions for us. I was wondering a couple of things - Firstly, how do you think Audit in London varies from the rest of the country? And also, how does Audit at Deloitte vary from other firms?
11/02/2014
Senior Associate, Deloitte Real Estate

Hi Rudi, I'll answer your first question- for London audit, you'll mainly be dealing with the firm's larger clients- this means you'll generally be working in bigger teams, and drilling into the client's operations with much greater depth.

You'll also specialise into one of the 8 specific industry sectors of audit in London, whereas in the regions (i.e. non-London offices) you'll be more of a generalist. Away from London the chances are you'll be doing more 'away jobs'- where you and the team travel to wherever the client is based, work in their offices and stay in hotels during the week.

I'm happy to tell you more about either option. I'm actually sitting in a room right now with a mix of people from the Southampton and London offices, so I'm sure they can chip in on the differences.

In terms of differences between us and other audit firms- Deloitte is one of the top 2 audit firms in the country. We work with the biggest clients across almost all industries, meaning your commercial exposure is second to none- smaller firms just won't be able to offer you the exposure to global companies and household names. Deloitte have also recently made some massive investments in technology, which has simplified the audit process a lot, meaning that some of the more mundane but essential parts of audit are now automated- I don't think you'll find that same level of tech anywhere else.

Would you be thinking about applying to the London office or one of the regionals?

11/02/2014
Rudi W.

Thanks. With regards to the first part of your response, you mention "away jobs" - is this another way of saying that regardless of whether I'm in a London office or not, I'm likely to spend a lot of time in London anyway?

11/02/2014
Senior Associate, Deloitte Real Estate

Not at all- if you're in the London office, an 'away job' will be anywhere more than about 2 hours away door-to-door. For instance, I spend 3 weeks in Birmingham and Derby every January on a client. If you're in a non-London office, a significant proportion of your client work will be based away from your office- likely in the client office/hotels

11/02/2014
Rudi W.

Definitely the London office. Much more excited by working with bigger clients. Would you say that there are challenges you have faced from working in London that the people you are sat with from the Southampton office haven't faced? And also how do you find London as a place to live and work in general? I have never really spent much time there, so whilst the challenge is appealing the jump from being raised in the countryside and leaping to the big smoke is a little daunting!

11/02/2014
Associate, Audit TMT, Deloitte

I'm new to London Rudi, I'm an outdoors buff, anything from skiing, to hiking, climbing, fishing that's my lifestyle and I'm surviving fine in London at the moment. Sure it's a bit different, it's busy, it's loud but there's a lot to enjoy that you don't get outwith the big city too

11/02/2014
Associate, Global Employment Tax, Deloitte

Moving to London is very exciting, it can be daunting but you'll soon feel at home and there is so much to do you can never get bored, I definitely recommend it!

11/02/2014
Senior Associate, Deloitte Real Estate

Haha- I know what you mean, I was a bit of a country boy too! It's definitely a case of neither is 'better', just different. We'd say in first year, I was exposed to more detailed sections of audit on larger clients, and the Southampton guys got the bigger picture on smaller clients. I'm 18 months in now and taking responsibility for larger sections of work and audits of whole subsidiary companies- and by 3rd/4th year the difference isn't really noticeable.

11/02/2014
Associate, Deloitte LLP

London is great, commute to work is really easy as the office is closely located to a number of tube/train stations. Definitely a lot of things to do over the evenings & weekends!

11/02/2014
London Audit Advisor, Deloitte UK

Hi Rudi, just wanted to let you know that for our 2014 intake for London Audit we are now closed for new applications however we open on the 1st of July 2014 for the 2015 Graduate intake :)

11/02/2014
Rudi W.

Thanks Scott. Same here, I absolutely love water sports and so would love to be able to do something similar if I were to ever get a job in London! At Deloitte do they have socials for people who are into similar activities? I apologise for asking questions that you probably get asked all the time by the way...

11/02/2014
Associate, Audit TMT, Deloitte

There are Rudi, the more popular sports have a bigger following, it's easy to get involved in things like badminton and football but less common activities there might be a small group that meet up or it might just need someone to take the initiative and set it up!

11/02/2014
Associate, Global Employment Tax, Deloitte

Rudi - at Deloitte London there is a huge range of communities and networks including anything from netball to pilates that you can sign up and get involved in.

11/02/2014
Rudi W.

Great thanks for all the info. I will pop back in a few months time once applications are open again. Any advice on what I could do in the meantime to better prepare myself?

11/02/2014
London Audit Advisor, Deloitte UK

Thanks Rudi - we look forward to chatting with you again in the future :)

11/02/2014
Associate, Audit TMT, Deloitte

Think about gaining experiences from jobs and other things and how to best to demonstrate these. If you're light in a competency area go and do something that addresses it. Other than that have fun and relax...

11/02/2014
Senior Associate, Deloitte Real Estate

Read up on the Deloitte core competencies, practice online tests, keep up to date with business news, study hard to make sure you're on course for a 2:1, but remember to relax and do the things you enjoy- Deloitte is full of well rounded people with a variety of interests!

11/02/2014
Associate, Audit TMT, Deloitte

And good luck!

11/02/2014
Rudi W.

Well you all seem pretty sound to me! Cheers again.

11/02/2014
Associate, Deloitte LLP

keep up to date with the news because you may talk about these in your interviews. Practise online tests and read on the department & work you are applying to, the department-specific publications online
are particularly useful to give you more insights. Good Luck!

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