Life at Deloitte
Valeriia Papazova | Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)—Ukraine
Tell us about your career path at Deloitte (How long have you worked for Deloitte, how has your career evolved?)
When I was fresh out of university and completely lost where to start my professional life journey I decided: if I can't find the clear answer to what I want to do, I should consider where I want to be. That was how I found myself at Deloitte CIS. The moment I crossed the front steps of the Ukraine office and met my direct supervisor I knew I wanted to be on her team. My first role sounded quite cool and all-encompassing—Internal & External Communication Specialist. It covered three vast scopes: website, social media and marketing, and internal communication support. As well, I became an active member of the Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability team. After some time, my role evolved so that I focused solely on internal communications and building efficient interactions inside the organization.
What has been your favorite part of working for Deloitte?
The people. The team. Making great things happen together. Telling jokes, having fun, creating ingenious solutions, experimenting, experiencing emotions, and creating moments that matter, once again, together.
What will stand out for you as the greatest benefit of working for Deloitte?
The team. People who work with me. The atmosphere of drive, unity, fun and something grandiose that permeates all around.
How do you feel that you have been able to make an impact while working at Deloitte?
I’m the lucky one. From my supervisors and team, to my tasks and challenges—everything is filled with a sense of significance in my work. Knowing that something is my responsibility to get done, that it functions properly, or is useful to the people around, really makes me feel that I make an impact that matters with the work that I do.
List your proudest professional and personal achievements.
I have become a storyteller. As a communications specialist, I have learned the importance in finding the right words to be easily understood and interesting to audiences. Based on feedback, the folks enjoy reading what I write, whether it’s a story about a challenging client project or a manual for screen projectors.
Personally, I am proud of the following: I’ve become a true friend to my nearest and dearest. I take the time to know and support, inspire and care for the people around me. Probably, this is the most important thing I’ve learned. And keep learning, of course. Just being a good person. Whether at school, at work, at home, or wherever, I stick to laws of humanity and ethics.
What is one thing that people might be surprised to learn about you?
There is no place on earth that I’m more comfortable than on a film set. In my childhood, I directed several TV shows for kids and a series about amazons. It was amateur, but actually appeared on TV. It was a cool and interesting experience. I miss cinematography and think that someday I will come back to it.