Life at Deloitte
Career Journey: Teresa Sebastian
Turning dreams into achievements
Teresa embodies passion brought to life. Teresa melded her eagerness to help others with her love for technology, to lead transformational digital programs for our clients in the life sciences industry. Her journey as a manager has focused on developing and implementing applications on Salesforce and its ecosystem.
What were some of the factors that led you to pursue your career at Deloitte?
My career began as a Java developer for a leading finance specialist in Mumbai in 2007. It was here I discovered my knack for cloud computing and felt that Salesforce and product hosting on the cloud would be the right track for me. I heard a lot about Deloitte and its opportunities, and I wanted to explore these opportunities. So, in 2014, my journey with Deloitte began.
Tell us about your career path at Deloitte (How long have you worked for Deloitte, how has your career evolved?)
Looking back at my career with Deloitte, the journey from consultant to manager has been an exciting one. As I pivoted from product engineering into a consulting role, I was met with appropriately tempered challenges and excellent work culture. Having a platform to voice my opinions, leading and learning from highly energized teams and support from the ecosystem enabled me to bring my best at work consistently. My various personal milestones like motherhood were met with respect and ease. Overall, it's been an eventful career of learning through leaders, mentors, juniors, and team members who are bustling with energy!
In your own words, how would you describe Deloitte's distinctive culture?
Deloitte's culture is an ecosystem of diversity. No matter who you are or where you're from, you can do well in Deloitte. All you have to do is reach out. My first year in Deloitte coincided with my maternity. I was completely new to the team. As I was trying to transition and balance my work-life equation, the entire team and leadership supported the flexibility I needed. This culture of openness and support gave me room to transition successfully. I learned that it is important to regard your team as your family, through the successes and failures, pushing through it together. There are several opportunities to power your career and be the driving force behind someone else's.
What is one of the most memorable moments in your career at Deloitte so far?
It’s hard to pick just one moment when you've experienced so many beautiful ones. If I had to choose, it would be the day I returned from my maternity leave. The transition, support, and trust were incomparable. I was given the space to pick up where I left off effortlessly. As a woman there are so many times when you reach crossroads between your professional and personal lives. One of my first opportunities to visit a client site did not materialize due to my personal situation, but the leadership continuously provided me opportunities and guidance when I was struggling, and respecting my choices which enabled me realize my goal of leading client transformation projects with lot more confidence.
How do you describe what you do at Deloitte to friends and family?
My kids are fascinated with what I do, especially since they're growing up in this age of technology. I tell my friends and family that every digital footprint they see from their bill payments and digital health check-ups is something I help build.
What has been the most interesting or surprising about working for Deloitte?
The most exciting aspect about working with Deloitte is the multitude of opportunities available to you. You are afforded several avenues to build a fulfilling career for yourself. Hard work, honesty and great ideas hold immense value in this organization.
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