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.