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Careers at Deloitte

We asked Olindo Shehu, Partner, Tax and Legal about important skills that can help students to succeed in their careers

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Looking back on your university years, what are the most important skills you think you learned as a student that helped you succeed in your profession?

 

Looking back on my university years, and connecting my past experiences with where I currently stand today, I would undoubtedly say that a) discipline, b) quality, and c) ethics embedded in me as a student were key to my professional success.   

a) Each and every student, regardless of where they are in their learning journey, should use their university years to develop a strong personal sense of discipline. The culture of meeting the deadlines given by the professors during the academic years are no different than the deadlines given by the superiors at a workplace.  Entering the workplace with that type of approach makes a difference.

b) Build your own personal brand around quality. Every piece of work you put your name on should be the best that YOU can deliver and nothing short of that. Use the academic years to fail and learn from failure rather than finding shortcuts because there are no shortcuts to quality.

c) Ethical behavior is not learned by attending a class at university or taking an online course.  Ethical behavior is built throughout the years with the contribution of so many outside factors.  Although it is a very subjective topic, for me it was during college that I was able to substantially put in life some of the key moral principles that are so crucial in the work environment, regardless of the geographic location.  When you go to university, typically you are limited in terms of choosing your roommates, your classmates, or your professors, and coping with such a diverse and new environment requires you to be respectful of the diversity, fair and honest in such new relationships, mindful of others’ needs and courageous enough to stand true to your beliefs.  In a working environment this is a non-negotiable must.  

As John Donne rightfully said “No man is an island”. Everything you do directly or indirectly affects others, so learn to collaborate and share your success. Your classmates and professors will be your colleagues tomorrow, learn to listen to them, appreciate their opinions and work together to ensure your projects are a success you then share with everyone that has participated.  It is what you make out of your university years that will define your career and set a path for success – grades will only get your foot in the door.

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