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2 posts from January 2014

01/17/2014

Mentoring at Deloitte: Someone for Everyone.

During my first week at Deloitte I attended a training session on the Firm’s Mentoring Programme.  This session was run specifically for those working within the marketing team (Go To Market).  I initially attended as I thought it a good way to meet some of the marketing community and build up my own personal network of contacts – but in fact I was pleasantly surprised about the additional value I got out of the session.

Deloitte runs an excellent mentoring programme that is valuable for people at every level.  On a personal level I was impressed on several counts:

  • everybody is encouraged to have a mentor – and to be a mentor to someone else – whatever your level of experience
  • the attributes and role of a mentor were really well explained
  • the session was well presented - Marketing people from across the UK were able to dial into the session and ask questions of the panel (the technology was great, enabling live Q&A via IM)

However, what really impressed me was the open and frank conversation around the role of mentors in relation to working parents and mothers returning to work after maternity leave. The mentoring process is clearly very supportive and well thought through in relation to this. For example, if you are on maternity leave and considering your return to work, you can be matched with a mentor who has relevant experience themselves. 

In my personal view, many companies have excellent policies in place to support working parents.  But isn’t it refreshing to see how such policies can be embedded in the culture of an organisation? 

As a full time, working mum in my first week at Deloitte after a 16 month career break, I was pleasantly reassured about my decision to join this Team.

Sarah

01/03/2014

From audit to recruitment: my journey with the firm so far.

I would say my number one rule to anyone considering applying to a Graduate career is that you must feel incredibly inspired and passionate about what the position, and firm, can offer you. That’s how I feel about my job within the Deloitte Student Recruitment team. My name is Steve Green and I look after our Early Identification (‘EID’) programmes. This encompasses over 700 students joining one of our school leaver programmes – our ‘Scholar Scheme’ and ‘BrightStart’ programmes, and the undergraduate opportunities, namely ‘Spring into Deloitte’ – our Easter experience for 1st years, plus our penultimate year offerings of the ‘Summer Vacation Scheme’ and ‘Industrial Placement’. These are business placements that vary in length from several weeks to several months.

I love what I do because every day is different. I’ve recently delivered a skills event for our Scholars, where we had a guest speaker presenting to our new gap year cohort on the key business skills that will help them excel in their career. Our university scholars have started coming in now for their Winter placements, and that involves a lot of coordination from the business – as we only ever provide work that a first year Graduate starter would genuinely be expected to undertake.

It’s that responsibility and opportunity that attracted me to Deloitte when I joined on August 30th 2004. They say you never forget your first day! After a year travelling to celebrate completing university, I looked into graduate careers and in many ways fell quite accidentally into the firm. I was looking for a top company where I could use the skills gained on my degree, but benefit from a great community of people around me – and during the interview process I soon realised Deloitte offered that. After joining the audit practice in London, I took the chance to support recruitment events. So after I qualified, the opportunity to take a secondment full time into the team was a natural step. Elsewhere, friends from my intake were considering transfers into other parts of the firm, or transfers to offices overseas. These thoughts crystallised into permanent moves for many. I am in no doubt at all as to where a career with us can take you – the opportunities are incredible… You can take it from me!

As I learnt more about our ‘EID’ programmes, the more I wished I had looked into this when I was aged 16-21. The BrightStart programme for example provides the chance for clued up college leavers to join us full time, starting their careers at 18 and studying for a professional qualification over five years, rather than the usual three. Students need to be sure they want to work in the business world and within a service line in particular, but so many of our 1st and 2nd year cohorts since the scheme started have been full of praise for what BrightStart has provided them, and the friends and networks they have built here – in much the same way they would have done at university anyhow.

As you can probably tell, I could talk about our opportunities all day if you’d let me. It’s because we have such diversity within our firm – in terms of intake, opportunity, flexibility – that I am genuinely inspired to inform students about what we offer.

Deloitte and Professional Services may not be for everyone. It is all about finding your fit, so that you are most happy in your future career. It’s a massive part of one’s life after all! And if, after researching our opportunities online, you feel one of our Graduate or Undergraduate positions are of interest, you should definitely explore the opportunity.

You never know where it may take you.

Steve Green.