Rebecca’s been training in performing arts for many years and is now putting in a great performance at Deloitte too. We talked to her about her highly technical Apprenticeship in Consulting.
Let’s start with your world outside work. What do you do to relax?
I am very much into the performing arts. I’ve been training in singing, dancing and acting for around 17 years. When I want to relax and have a break from work, I continue to practice in this area. I also love to travel (when we’re able to, of course).
And does Deloitte support your wellbeing while you’re at work?
Definitely. Mental wellbeing is such an important factor at Deloitte and is embedded in our ways of working. It’s particularly important at the moment, while we’re all working remotely, to be there for one another and support our colleagues in whatever way possible. My team is incredibly supportive; we host regular check-ins, informal breaks, and drop-in sessions that allow us to discuss everything work and non-work-related. I’m also a wellbeing buddy here (a scheme that aims to raise awareness around mental health) and I’m actively leading a wellbeing, respect and inclusion project within my team.
What has been your biggest challenge so far?
I joined an area of the business that involves technical work, which means I’ve had to learn niche skills fast. I may be given a task that I have limited experience of, but my team are always incredibly supportive and help me learn. I am given the time and confidence to build in these areas, so I can deliver for the client, but also to contribute to my own professional development.
How are you developing at Deloitte?
There is a clearly defined path for progression here. And, what’s really great about Deloitte is that, you’re totally in control of your own career path. Working towards a university degree is an opportunity to learn technical skills around Digital and Technology solutions. I also attend training courses in both soft and hard skills, with certification, which all adds to my career development.
Since joining on the BrightStart scheme, I’ve had to learn how to manage my university studies and deadlines, alongside client work, so my organisational skills are constantly improving. Every day, I’m learning from professionals who are the best at what they do and I feel highly honoured to be working with these people.
How did you find the BrightStart application process? Any advice?
It was an extremely positive challenge for me. I found the process really insightful, as it showed me what work and life would be like at Deloitte. If I were to advise someone applying now, I would firstly say: always BE YOURSELF! Deloitte fosters and encourages diversity, so being confident in who you are and your experiences will go a very long way. Secondly: be prepared. Make sure you’ve done your research around the firm, the scheme, the role, and how the company is performing within its industry environment, as this already shows dedication and commitment to the position you’re applying for.
Why did you choose to join Deloitte?
Deloitte is such a reputable name and brand within the Professional Services industry; I thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to begin my career with a firm that has such a valuable status. After researching all the various apprenticeships offered by the ‘Big 4’ firms, the BrightStart scheme seemed the most incredible platform to enter Consulting, as well as study for a BSc degree. The development opportunities are endless here.
Did anything surprise you about the firm?
What has most surprised me is the amount of responsibility I’m given within projects. Before joining, I thought that, being a junior colleague with little experience in a professional environment, I wouldn’t be as valued in the team. However, this is far from the truth. I’ve had exposure to leadership and programme management opportunities, across extremely large scale teams, where I attend client meetings and lead sessions with senior colleagues. The leadership exposure I’ve had, really shows how much Deloitte value their Apprentices and Graduates.
Your role looks quite complex, can you explain to us what you do?
We help leading clients solve their business problems. Which might mean implementing a data strategy, improving their processes, or helping them navigate their own specific industry environments, whether that’s public, private or the financial sector. I’m currently working on a large scale public sector project.
What’s the best thing about your job?
What I love about my job is that no two days are the same. I am constantly learning from the amazing people around me, who are extremely experienced in their fields, and being challenged professionally and personally. We’re advising top clients, paving the way for the next generation of businesses, and using the best software and tools available in these industries. Which is something I am extremely proud to be part of.
And your team?
There are many great things about working with my team, and with Deloitte people in general. They are incredibly supportive and encourage us to have open dialogue, to foster the inclusive and diverse environment that makes Deloitte so special.
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