Do you need a degree in Accounting to work at Deloitte?

There is an extremely wide range of positions available within Deloitte, just like any firm with 200,000+ employees, but do you need a degree in accounting to get one of them? Is a certain type of degree preferred over another?

To directly quote a Consultant at Deloitte:

Deloitte recruit on an individual basis and no degree is favourable against another

This really puts the immediate question to rest: Deloitte do not prefer one degree over an other, therefore you do not need specifically need a degree in accounting to land a job. In fact, if you look at the employees that Deloitte in the UK put forward, the majority have different types of degrees.

What degree should you have?

The range in degrees is already quite impressive — History with Russian, Chemistry, Neuroscience, Genetics, Geography, Economics, Politics — that you can take only a handful of examples to illustrate the point:

  • Alex B. Graduated with a degree in History, now a Senior Associate in Corporate Tax
  • Chris C. Degree in Chemistry, now an Assistant Manager in Tax
  • Caity F. Completed a degree in Music, now an Assistant Manager in Corporate Finance Advisory

Those are only a few examples, but already they show the diversity in the types of academic background. Going a step further, there are plenty of individuals who have joined Deloitte who did not go to university. This number is ever increasing with the rise in popularity of School Leaver programmes, Aimee R. and Sam A. being great examples.

Degree subject is not a determining factor…what is?

According to the best resource we have online — Deloitte employees themselves — the following are the most important:

Business acumen

Regardless of which degree you have, there should be a certain level of business acumen

Having knowledge of the professional business landscape can be a huge plus. You can give yourself an advantage over others by researching the firm and knowing its competitors. Keeping abreast of the news — by reading the Financial Times, for example — can only increase your chances.

Personal and transferrable skills

The degree subject may not matter, but how you learn to think whilst studying allows you to develop skills that can be used later in a professional context. Applicants are not chosen by their degree type, “it’s more the individual and the personal skills that they have.”

Knowledge of the job

Like all interviews, you have to come prepared:

We accept any degree but you may want to do some research on our service lines to see what takes your fancy

The position will go to the person that is the right fit. To determine whether you are the right fit, you must first decide what kind of job (and company) you would like to join. If you are able to demonstrate the skills mentioned above during interview for a desired position, the final step is getting to know your future colleagues to see if it is the right fit for you, too.

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