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Louise Mewett is a Senior Consultant in Banking and Insurance Operations (BIO). With a career that’s gone many places - globally and to new heights, she shares her journey with us.
How did you join Deloitte?
I joined Deloitte as an Analyst on the graduate programme in 2014. Before joining the firm I graduated from the University of Warwick with an Economics degree and then took a gap year. During my year out I worked with three start-ups, two in London and one in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Before I joined a big corporate, I wanted to go out and get some business experience across industries. I worked with start-up founders and learnt what it felt like to build a business at the coal-face.
What are your top three reasons for joining Deloitte?
1) People - The people you work with are extremely sharp, like-minded people. I’ve made many good friends at the firm both through the graduate programme and within the Banking and Insurance Operations team.
2) Travel - During my time at the firm I have been fortunate to work in several different countries. I’ve travelled to places such as Hong Kong, Vienna, New York… but I’ve also spent some time in Brighton and Glasgow.
3) Variety - No two projects are ever the same. The variety across client accounts, projects and teams is what keeps it interesting for me.
What has been one of your highlights here?
In 2015 Deloitte organised five teams to climb five different mountains around the world for charity. I was part of a team that travelled to Spain to climb Sierra Nevada in aid of the firm’s charity partners Alzheimer’s Society, Prostate Cancer UK and Mind. My grandma had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s so it meant a lot to me that I could participate in the fundraising activities. Individually I raised about £1,000 for charity and collectively we beat our target and exceeded one million pounds.
Another highlight was when I completed my year-long global secondment to the Global Consulting Platform. I worked with global and country leaders to define the FY18 strategy and plans. I was responsible for tracking and driving progress against the FY18 global objectives, was able to build my network around the world and visit some of our fantastic newly built offices.
What has been the most exciting project you’ve worked on?
The most exciting project I’ve worked on is building a new mobile-only bank. We’re trying to challenge the challenger banks. It shows customers there’s a different way to manage their finances and they no longer have to accept the status quo. We’re helping to define the future of banking.
What are the misconceptions of working here?
Some people perceive Deloitte as a massive corporate machine, but the truth is we operate as a partnership. We’re collaborating with our clients to re-define industries, working with some of the latest technologies. I recently did a talk to some of our S&O Partners in Europe on the similarities and differences between start-ups and corporates, and we have more in common than you might think.
Our new office in London (1 New Street Square) is a great example of what we’re trying to do to foster; more creativity and collaboration within our teams. We’ve got the latest technologies, flexible working and collaboration spaces, and even have a foosball table!
What drives you to make an impact in your personal life?
I love to travel to new places, the world is simply too big to go to the same place twice. Last year, I was fortunate enough to visit seven different places with work and eight places on personal trips.
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