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Current Role: Analyst, Systems Engineering, Technology Consulting
Service Line: Consulting
Name of Degree(s):
MSc Information Systems for Business Performance (2019) UCC
Bachelor of Business - Honours (2018) Cork Institute of Technology
Why did you choose the Deloitte Graduate Programme?
I chose Deloitte as I could tell from my research that they were one of the most prominent consulting firms within the technology consulting sphere. A lot of their website and social networks focused on technology and emerging technologies, which caught my attention. I still wanted to keep the business side to my career, so consulting was the best option.
What did you find most challenging about the working world?
The transition from college to the working world wasn’t a very difficult one for me as I had been working part time since I was 17. I also dealt with a client when I completed my thesis for my masters so that experience was helpful. I think Deloitte equipped us very well for the working world as we had two weeks of extensive training before we began any projects.
However, I began on a very technical project and I had more of a business background and I definitely was doubting my abilities. I think there is an element of fear or nervousness when beginning a new project, which will always happen, but it is important to be open to all opportunities even if you’re not 100% familiar with the technology or area it’s in; I love the role I’m in!
How has Deloitte helped you build your career?
Deloitte offers extensive training programmes that begin as soon as you start induction. I first completed Cloud training with leading providers AWS, Google and Azure that I am now studying to complete certification in. Next, I completed the first exam of Phase 1 in the Business Analyst training which aids us in consulting skills. Deloitte also offer a vast number of e-learning and LinkedIn Learning courses which I have been completing in relation to Cloud and Project Management. There are various other in-person training courses throughout the year for all streams and I have signed up for more cloud trainings.
Do you have any mentors and if so what is their value to you?
My main mentor would be Jack Barden who is my team leader within my client area. Jack began on the graduate programme four years ago and is in the same role of Business Analyst and tester that I am. Jack has shown me valuable skills and knowledge in our clients systems and practices.
What is the most valuable thing you have learned since you joined the workforce?
I think the most valuable thing to note is that although you are finished studying and have one or more degrees under your belt, learning never ends - especially within the technology world. Continuous upskilling is vital, and it’s what clients expect. Also, it is important to note that soft skills such as presentation skills and general communication skills is as important as the knowledge you hold.
I’d also like to add that consulting is a huge practise and although you may have studied/focused on one area in college there is ample opportunity to work in various areas with various technologies such as blockchain, cloud computing, test automation, robotics and more - the opportunities are endless!
What’s one thing you wish you knew when you finished college?
That when you finish your degree you’re not expected to know it all, and you won’t ever know everything; college and your degree are just stepping stones. There is a multitude of training and courses that you will be offered that will help in becoming a great consultant. There is amazing help & guidance from Deloitte staff along the way also.
"I think the most valuable thing to note is that although you are finished studying and have one or more degrees under your belt, learning never ends - especially within the technology world. Continuous upskilling is vital."