A day in the life of some of our team
Role: Analyst – Risk Advisory
Start date: 2013
DofE Award level: Bronze, Silver and Gold Award holder
|What do you do on a day to day basis?|
|I’m in the internal audit department so my day to day role varies. I work across many public sector clients and each week I’ll be working on a different audit. It keeps me on my toes as no day is ever the same!|
|What do you enjoy about your role?|
|I enjoy my role in internal audit because no day is ever the same; every audit is different and every client is different. I am able to communicate with people at all levels of the business and really add value to that organisation. The work is varied and challenging so you never get bored!|
|What are your key responsibilities at RSM?|
|My key responsibilities at RSM are delivering audits alone and with more senior members of the team. Supporting the new graduate intake and being involved in the buddy scheme. Delivering an excellent and professional service to our client base whilst providing them with assurance on a particular system or process. Remaining independent and objective and adding value.|
|What skills/attributes did your DofE teach you?|
My DofE taught me to be resilient and stay positive- our final Gold expedition was extremely tough due to the adverse weather conditions. I was unluckily enough to rip my waterproof trousers within the first two hours of our four day trek but still managed to complete the challenge four days later (even if I was pretty soggy)! It taught me to be a leader and to communicate to a group of people whose morale is low. I learnt a lot from my DofE and thoroughly enjoyed it too!
|How do you think your DofE Awards have helped you at work?|
|As part of my Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards I completed physical, community and skills challenges along with the expeditions too! Due to the variety of areas that your DofE requires you to complete, I think it set me up to be an all-rounder and enjoy a physical challenge and also add something to the local community.I talked about my DofE during the interview process. I used it to answer one of the competency based questions in relation to leadership and teamwork. It wasn’t something that I was asked about in particular but it is something I’m proud of achieving and is perceived well by employers.|
|How do you think your DofE helps you with your role now?|
I learnt a lot about communicating to people of all ages and personalities throughout my DofE, so it has definitely helped me fine tune my communication skills. As a result I’m a confident and articulate speaker- something you need to be in internal audit!A keen eye for detail; communication skills (oral and written); teamwork; assertiveness; confidence; effective listener are all key skills required for my job in internal audit. I think my DofE certainly helped refine some of those skills, in particular my interpersonal skills and listening skills – I enjoy speaking to clients in all sectors and within all departments.
In addition being a confident and assertive individual is important whilst I’m still quite junior within my internal audit role – we speak to senior management on a daily basis on client sites, therefore having these particular skills do help.
|What ambitions do you have outside of work?|
|I have lots of ambitions to achieve outside of my role! I would love to abseil off a large building like the shard or skydive out a plane. I’ve been lucky enough to travel a fair amount already across Southeast Asia, but I would love to travel some more- particularly to South America as this is part of the world I haven’t yet made it to! I have a love for competition and support many charities close to my heart- so I’m always up for suggestions if it’ll be a challenge.|
|What’s your favourite DofE memory?|
My favourite DofE memory was during our qualifying Silver expedition in Wales – we were a large group of six, two females and four males and the weather was particularly grim. We were trekking across some difficult terrain and couldn’t see far in front or behind of us due to the poor visibility and torrential rain.All of a sudden we heard hoof beats and there was a herd of cows/ bulls racing towards us. Despite having been on our feet for the entire day with an unbearable weight on our backs we all sprinted towards the gate and dived over the fence. It wasn’t fun at the time, but we sure laughed about it afterwards.
We did of course have more pleasant memories such as finishing each expedition and enjoying the evenings on the campsite, but this is still one memory that we all still laugh about when we catch-up.
|What advice can you give current DofE participants?|
I would advise other young people currently doing their DofE to stick it out- I watched many of my peers drop out, even when they were so close to achieving. It can be tough and it demands a lot of your time, but it’s definitely worth it!
|What do you enjoy about working for RSM?|
|I enjoy working for RSM as you meet people across the business carrying out all sorts of different roles and with different clients. There’s a young and professional feel to the company and lots of opportunities to push our careers further.|
Find out more
“I would advise other young people currently doing their DofE to stick it out- I watched many of my peers drop out, even when they were so close to achieving. It can be tough and it demands a lot of your time, but it’s definitely worth it!”
Fabienne Stewart-Jones – Analyst, RSM