They are certainly tough, but you get a lot of support from Deloitte. You have a whole network of buddy's and support managers, who all monitor your learning and make sure you're ok! Plus, as a graduate, you will be in the same boat as the other graduates, so you all look out for each other
I agree- people are great at supporting each other. Also, loads of people do the exams without being backed by one of the big four accounting firms and they get no college time like we do and no personal tuition. So compared to them we get tons of support!
The professional qualifications are challenging, but your tutors, and learning support managers are able to provide to support to you whenever you need it. Don't be shy to ask questions, and always look to get involved with your class buddies. They are great support in helping you learn - as well as celebrating your achievements !
When do you begin the qualifications? Is there a settling in period, or is it straight away that you start studying
As most people (that includes partners!) have traded the same path and sat the same exams, they understand how stressful and difficult they are, so they know what it's like. People are very supportive, even if you happen to fail an exam or two, and you can always ask around for tips and guidance how to study.
The main problem I see people having with Professional Qualifications is that they still feel like they are at university. The sheer volume of content is tough enough. The process has recently changed, so that for new first years in the Tax consulting department the second years will be the ones out at college. This gives the new starters time to settle in, and creates work (as some people will be at college) for them. So that when you go to college you may already have done a decent amount of work.
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