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Professional development

You want to make an impact. And we want you to make it. We can help you do that by providing you the culture, training, resources, and opportunities to help you grow and succeed as a professional.

Culture

Deloitte’s culture is designed to help people advance their careers and add value from the day they walk in the door. To do that, we encourage people to:

  • Speak openly—It’s important to raise issues, have messy conversations, and share your unique perspective. 
  • Support each other—We don’t always have to agree on everything (what fun would that be?) but we do respect others’ views, objectives, and well-being.
  • Act boldly—By owning the problem or trying something new, such as leading a committee for a nonprofit project. Also, learn from failures and give others the latitude to do the same. 

Our people apply these practices and the results are strong collaborations and outcomes at Deloitte and for our clients.

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Training: A culture of continuous learning

At Deloitte, we are proud of our collegial culture that allows existing leaders to thrive and new leaders to emerge.

The professional services industry typically requires a unique skillset. To succeed, most of our professionals have to cultivate and maintain strong relationships. They need a deep understanding of whole industries and of client issues and needs. Above all, they need to be responsive to a rapidly changing business landscape, and open to learning and growing.

In fact, our CEO, Cathy Engelbert, regularly reminds people that one of her key beliefs is “never graduate.” Given the pace of change and disruptive technologies that are being developed every day, Cathy notes how important it is to be a lifelong learner:

I think the world is changing so exponentially that you want to have a mindset of ‘never graduating’ — always expanding your skillsets. Only when you’re driven by curiosity, can you be unafraid of the exponential change around you. You’re not defined by any one success or failure—because every experience is an opportunity to learn and to keep growing.

With this encouragement from the top, we want all of our professionals to be dedicated to developing themselves. We provide them with opportunities for continuous learning based on the 4Es:

  • Education: Formal learning
  • Experience: Experiential, project-based development roles and activities
  • Exposure: Learning through networks, communities of practice, and peer/mentor relationships
  • Environment: Resources and tools that reinforce and extend the learning

With that framework in place, we provide support in every way we can. Professionals can take advantage of hundreds of formal programs offered across Deloitte throughout the year.

Opportunities

It’s likely you’re a driven person, which means there are lots of places you can work. Deloitte, however because of our size, reach, diversity of services and resources, is able to develop tools and pursue new service areas that create interesting opportunities. Here are three examples:

  • Technology tools: Deloitte’s investment in analytics tools helps professionals by reducing the time they spend doing rote tasks, like scouring documents, and increasing the time they spend applying insight and working alongside clients. It’s not only more meaningful to our clients, it can help you progress faster in your career.
  • Leading edge: Deloitte is on the leading edge of advanced tech like mixed reality design experiences, machine intelligence, and blockchain and how those apply to business. But because these technologies are in their infancy they provide early opportunities for technically inclined employees to imagine what's possible and bring it to fruition.
  • Ownership: At Deloitte, we encourage our people to own their careers. What does this mean? As you learn, grow, and expand your network and skills, opportunities may arise in other areas of our business; possibly domestic or international. As you work, you can develop your specialty and zero in on what's most compelling to you. Because Deloitte is large, you can explore and pursue your career interests without going elsewhere. 

Networking

What you know is important. But who you know and how you connect with people can create an impact throughout a career. Deloitte encourages networking within Deloitte and outside of it. Moreover, building your network can help you get staffed on a project you’re interested in, or connect with a community giving event you find satisfying. 

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Mentorship & coaching

At Deloitte, coaching is both a formal role and an informal activity supported by the collegial environment and open door policy. A coach or mentor helps identify and develop an individual in his or her areas of strength, examines performance, and advises on professional development across projects and over the course of a career.

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