Life at Deloitte

Janice Saunders

Consultant, Consulting

Janice joined Deloitte in April 2014 as a Consultant in our Consulting practice in London. She joins following 8 years as a Captain in the Adjutant General’s Corps.

What were your reasons for leaving the military and why did you join Deloitte?

After almost eight years, the lifestyle was a key trigger in leaving the Army. The prospect of living in the Officers’ Mess at the age of 30 was not an attractive one especially being in a long-term relationship! Having deployed to Afghanistan, completed an appointment at a training establishment and been Regimental Administrative Officer (RAO) at an infantry battalion, I felt I had achieved much of what the Army could offer me.

I joined Deloitte because I wanted the opportunity to work with a variety of clients across sectors and learn new skills. I was fortunate to be able to meet with several Deloitte people over the course of a couple of months ahead of my first interview (yes, I did a lot of networking!) and it became obvious to me that I would enjoy being part of their culture.

 

What transferable skills and experience have you brought from the military?

I think that most Deloitte ex-military will tend to offer the same response to this question;

  • Communication skills
  • Management skills (people and time)
  • Flexibility/adaptability and tangible experience in managing changing situations 

 

What work do you get involved in on a day to day basis?

There are three key areas of activity within Consulting; the first is the one we all join Deloitte to do – work with clients. When on a project, I get to work closely with the client to help them to deliver change. It often involves relationship management in addition to the delivery of agreed project work using our proven methods and toolkits. The second area I support is titled ‘Business Development’; supporting the bid process to help secure future work for the firm. This happens on an ad hoc basis and is dependent on your availability i.e. when not on client work. The third area of activity is ‘Professional Development’; supporting the business with continuous improvement, including training.

 

What was the biggest culture shock when you first started in professional services/Deloitte?

  • The flatter hierarchy and the approachability of the Partners
  • Not having my own desk (let alone office!) and the transient nature of Consulting ‘hot-desking’
  • Continuing to sell yourself once you have the job in order to get onto projects

 

What do you like most about your role?

It offers great variety; access to different clients across sectors, industries (and locations!) present different challenges. Having the opportunity to support our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) agenda through various activities e.g. working with local/national charities, local schools and businesses is definitely a highlight of my role.

 

Tips for joining Deloitte with the right mind set

Acknowledge that there will be a period of transition and allow yourself time to adjust. Take advantage of not having to write a whole heap of SJARs (at least for a while) and being able to invest time in your own development. Remember that you are no longer in the military…and finally, learn to love Powerpoint!

 

How do you deliver impact, leadership and innovation in your role?

I deliver impact and innovation as part of my ongoing commitment to support one of our sponsored charity partners through the delivery of a leadership development programme. 

 

What social, society and CSR activities have you been involved with at Deloitte?

Deloitte offers an impressive array of social events, communities/networks and community/charity events that you can get involved with – and you’ll be pleased to hear it is not ‘enforced fun’! 

I recently facilitated a ‘Get Set to Make it Count’ event in a primary school in North London to creatively explore certain skillsets required by athletes preparing for Rio 2016 (and cleverly relating them to those we use at Deloitte!) as part of our ongoing partnership with the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the British Paralympic Association (BPA.) 

 

How has Deloitte played a role in your long term career goals?

The last 18 months I have spent with Deloitte will, without a doubt, have given me a great foundation should I wish to follow other opportunities. A reputable name on my CV alongside tangible client experience of applying our global tools and methods certainly keeps recruiters interested!

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