Rory, Senior Associate, Deloitte

  • Rory

    Mathematics (BSc), 2014

    Senior Associate, Deloitte

Since leaving Bristol....

In my final year at Bristol I decided to try and apply to business graduate schemes. However with so many applicants and not very much business experience myself I found it difficult to stand out from the crowd.

The week after graduating I decided to look into living abroad to try and gain some experience and develop my language skills. I applied to work as a Language Instructor for Berlitz in Hamburg, Germany and after a few telephone interviews I was offered a job.

I moved to Germany and taught English with Berlitz and learnt German in immigration classes. I was mainly teaching business people in their offices. Within a few weeks of leaving the world of Maths I found myself standing in front of rooms full of business people wanting to learn English. The transition was a real shock and I found it really challenging (as I am sure did the students!).

The skills that I had to develop to handle these new, professional environments helped me build an application for Deloitte.

When September/October came around I started to look at graduate opportunities in the UK. What I had been enjoying most about my job as a language instructor was going to different companies and learning about them through speaking to their employees. I thought that a job with that kind of variety would be interesting. Having studied Maths I was also interested in a job with an analytical aspect.

In my final year, through the careers service I had been made aware of Deloitte and the opportunities they offer. I had met a few employees and really liked them. Deloitte seemed to offer great professional training and had a good reputation. So I decided to get my application in. I progressed through the recruitment process and after two interviews back in the UK I was offered a job.

In my current job....

My current job involves understanding why businesses operate in the way they do, how they make money, where their costs lie and how sustainable their position is. As an auditor one of the main objectives is to assess whether a company can successfully continue its operations. So far I have worked with companies in a variety of industries including retail, food & drinks, hotels, manufacturing, supermarkets and the public sector.

Working for Deloitte also involves training to become a Chartered Accountant (CA). Within the first two years of work I have had 5 months of study leave during which I am not expected to check my emails or complete any client related work. The studying is demanding, but the training contract is structured to support you as much as possible.

Finance is essential to every business. Training as a CA gives you the skills to be able to pick up a company’s financial statements and gain an understanding of how they work. The solution to any business problem will always involve finance and this is one of the reasons why one in four FTSE 100 CEO’s are chartered accountants.

Having a UoB degree...

In my final year I attended the SPARK entrepreneur’s course. This gave me a fascinating insight into business and start-ups. This course was definitely one of the main influencing factors in my decision to pursue a career in business.

I attended many Careers Service events and workshops which I found greatly useful, particularly case study events run by Unilever and PwC. Speaking to recent graduates was very helpful in understanding what companies are looking for in their recruitment processes.

Critical thinking is a really important skill for my current job; being able to objectively analyse and evaluate information before forming a judgement. Studying Maths at Bristol helped me think about problems logically and methodically. I apply these skills every day.


Research the company. Deloitte has lots of interesting blogs and they often offer great insights. Ian Stewart’s Monday Briefing is great. The topics are always thought-provoking and reading the blog is a great way of keeping up with current business issues.

Speak to as many people as you can. The University offers a great Alumni Network of people who have volunteered to offer assistance and guidance. Speaking to employees about their jobs will give you the ability to talk about the job you are applying for with some authority and demonstrate to the employer that you have made a concerted effort to understand their business.