Eight students enjoyed a summer vacation with a difference – getting involved in community projects while also experiencing the world of business. Deloitte’s Summer Vacation Scheme gives young people a feel for what it’s like to work in audit, tax and business advisory roles. The valuable corporate experience is balanced with social events, team-building sessions and charitable work.
Since mid-July the undergraduates, local A level students and university graduates, have based themselves at Deloitte’s new office in Gaspe House where they have met the senior team and been introduced to the different sectors that the business services, such as funds, insurance, private equity and real estate. They were given an introduction to valuable IT skills and undertook a two-day bookkeeping course.
Away from their desks, the intrepid team of 17 to 21 year olds learnt new team-building skills and tackled an assault course at Creepy Valley.
The scheme also has corporate social responsibility at its heart; the eight students have worked with Mind Jersey, conducting face-to-face interviews for the #IslandMinds survey. Mind is one of Deloitte’s chosen charities and the firm has a three-year programme of support planned.
The students volunteered at the Battle of Flowers parade held on 10th August in aid of Jersey Alzheimer's Society and organised their own charity fundraiser for Mind. The team has been immersed in Deloitte’s work and systems, and may even be offered a job interview for future employment.
Ellie Webb, Assistant Manager at Deloitte Jersey, said: ‘It’s been fantastic to see how the students have settled in at Deloitte over the course of their time with us. They’ve worked well together and everyone has had the opportunity to showcase their different strengths.
‘We have devised the Summer Vacation Scheme to reflect life at Deloitte, where we balance our client work with playing a role in the community and of course some socialising too.
‘We aim to make this time far more than just work experience, although there is no doubt that we can give the students a taste of what it’s really like to work in a business services firm.’
Clement Moylan, University of Cambridge undergraduate, agreed: ‘Doing a vacation scheme with Deloitte means experiencing life in work in a highly supportive environment, with a good structure that balances the importance of team building, professional training and offering something back to the Jersey community.’