Catherine was drawn to the world of consulting after leaving university and found Deloitte's graduate scheme to be the perfect fit for her. Below she gives us some insight into her development at the company and how she achieves a work-life balance.
How did you end up at Deloitte?
I didn’t know what I wanted to do after university, but knew I wanted a varied job and to have the opportunity to use my technical skills. Consulting stood out for me as a career and I chose Deloitte because of its global reputation and because of the emphasis of the graduate scheme on learning and development.
My biggest misconception was that I’d be working late every day and doing menial tasks in my first year. This couldn’t have been more wrong! I work 8.45am-5.30pm every day and my manager will always make sure I leave on time as they believe in a good work-life balance. I have been given responsibility straight away and they are keen for me to push myself and take on as much as I feel comfortable with, and take ownership for the work I do.
What do you do? And what’s the most exciting thing about it?
To put it simply, I test whether mobile apps and websites work. There are great opportunities for me here, as digital testing is a growing area and there’s a clear progression path set out for graduates at Deloitte.
My last project was particularly exciting, as it was my first project that I got to be there for the ‘go live’. I was working for a challenger bank, where you can open a current account completely online, and I was involved in testing the account opening process. The project used some exciting, innovative pieces of technology, such as taking a selfie to verify yourself online.
What new skills have you picked up so far?
Technical skills. Since joining Deloitte, my training has been tech heavy, since I wanted a more technical role. I have had automation training and training specific to Testing (my capability). My presentation skills have grown since being at Deloitte, as I had never had to give a presentation during my time at uni. During the first 6 weeks of training, we were given multiple opportunities to practice presentations, which is extremely useful once stating on project.
What would you say to persuade a graduate to join Deloitte?
You would be silly not to want to join Deloitte. The opportunities are endless and they push you to do all the training you need and want, which many companies do not offer.
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