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Meet some of our curious people working together to help make an impact that matters and define the future of Human Capital. Discover more about the projects they work on, their career paths and life at Deloitte.

“Consulting allows me to influence any and every process in the world”

Alicia Wedderburn-Graham
Analyst, Organisational Transformation & Talent, Consulting, London

Hello curious minded students and graduates! My name is Alicia and I graduated from the University of Exeter in 2015 with a BSc in Mathematics. When I graduated, I was unsure which industry, sector or even geography I wanted to work in. What I did know was that I wanted a career that would allow me to learn as much as I could about the way businesses operated, solved problems and innovated for the future. I chose Deloitte as I felt their graduate scheme offered the best opportunity for me to do that with some of the brightest minds in business. Deloitte also has a visible, tangible commitment to diversity, respect and inclusion – causes very close to my heart.

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

As is typical for consultants, no two days are the same! I am currently working on a bid; an opportunity for Deloitte to present the best case to a client in order to win a new project.

In the mornings, I take the train into the office, catching up on the news and interesting articles (or my Netflix list!)                    

Once in the office I find a hot desk near to my team’s base and catch up on emails. Around 9am we have a daily call where workstream leads give updates and set out tasks for the day.

After that I could be doing a number of tasks, from analysing outstanding actions and risks, to researching the client, documenting potential technical solutions, improving our ways of working or drafting bid documentation.

The day often ends with a work event where I get to learn more about the different industries and sectors I’m interested in, or celebrate the success of a project with my team.

There’s a lot of variety in my day to day work and that is exactly what gets me excited about coming to work in the morning. The possibilities are endless (cliché alert!)

What do you like most about the office and region you work in?

Being a born and bred Londoner, there is no other region I’d rather be in. London is one of the greatest cities in the world and I love knowing that my days based in the office can be bookended by morning rooftop yoga, drinks by the Thames or grabbing a meal in a public toilet!

Why Consulting?

I love variety and am naturally curious about the way world around me works. From how a big name retailer decides what shoes to put on sale, to ways to make insurance exciting and innovative (it can be – seriously!) and everything in between, Consulting allows me to influence any and every process in the world.

What are your top tips for working in Consulting?

Be eager, be organised and be confident. As a digital native, you will come into the company with a valuable set of skills. Listen and learn from your colleagues, but don’t be afraid to speak up when you see a better, more innovative way of working. You are the future of the workforce and you can redefine our industry.

Which personality traits or skills aid success?

Good people skills are essential. Whether you are with clients or colleagues, it is important that you can build a rapport and convey your ideas concisely and clearly.

What advice would you share to others considering a career in Consulting?

Consulting is an incredibly varied and diverse career opportunity. If you enjoy learning, thinking creatively and innovating, this is for you. The working world is changing rapidly and becoming a consultant is the perfect way to be at the forefront and drive that change.

“I have always felt that there was a genuine desire to help me achieve”

Jack Husbands
Analyst, Organisational Transformation & Talent, Consulting, London

I joined Deloitte in September 2016, having successfully “found myself” in Latin America for a year after graduating from Durham University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. I’d remained undecided as to what I wanted to do, so I have three former housemates to thank for recommending Deloitte. The more I looked into the firm, and the more interaction I had with it through the recruitment process, the more I saw opportunities to reach the future I wanted.

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

As much as it sounds like a cliché, from my experience there really are very few routine tasks in consulting work. My job is, in very simplistic terms, to help my team help our client in the best way possible. In my first twelve months this has involved interviewing I.T. staff for a multinational bank to understand the nature of their expenditure; reviewing applications involved in a competitive bid process focused on innovation in the public sector; and running workshops to aid design of the project controls for a complex and unique project. On top of these tasks, you’re bound to get a few ad hoc requests day to day. Nothing like keeping you on your toes!

What do you like most about the office and region you work in?

The size of London is the obvious draw, both professionally and personally. Being based here allows me to constantly build my network, an opportunity I did not fully appreciate the importance of before starting my career. It grants me access to thousands of colleagues, who in my experience are the best learning tools you will find, and a plethora of potential clients. The social side cannot be ignored, either. We work hard, but it is also important to find a balance. Deloitte’s London office is a great base to then explore the city, particularly if you are thirsty on a Thursday.

Which personality traits or skills aid success?

Curiosity, confidence and calmness under pressure. Clearly I have a skill for alliteration myself.

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

Rugby’s always been a passion of mine, and a centrepiece for my social life, so I was thrilled to discover Deloitte has its own club. Not only do we play in a competitive floodlit league against other firms across the Capital, but I have also been able to help organise a tour away to Dublin. It’s been a great way to meet people from other parts of the firm, putting their bodies on the line for their big D!

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

The Deloitte 24 month analyst programme is designed to enable graduates to develop a long term career, rather than simply hitting immediate development goals. The business pro-actively encourages you to gain exposure to different industries and sectors, so as to allow you to find the work and role that genuinely interests you. On top of this, the support structure places a focus on long term development tailored to your own articulated aspirations, rather than any generic goals. Whether in formal feedback, or over a coffee with my coach/mentor/buddy, I have always felt that there was a genuine desire to help me achieve.

What advice would you share to others considering a career in Consulting?

Get out there, back yourself, and be you. Consulting isn’t the career for you if you want to blend in, hide or just make it through the day. Your career is a big part of your life. Make an impact.

“There are a number of development opportunities available from training courses to overseas secondments”

Tharsan Rathakrishnan
Analyst, Organisation Transformation & Talent, Consulting, London 

I graduated from the University of Warwick in 2016 after studying BSc Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry and joined Deloitte after learning about the firm at a University careers event. I now work in the Organisation Transformation and Talent practice which specialises in helping businesses deal with change by aligning their organisation design, talent, leadership and culture with their business strategy to make their transformation vision a reality.

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

It’s difficult to define what work I get involved with on a day to day basis given the breadth and variety of my tasks and how dependent they are on the project I am on. So far I have had project experiences in technology adoption and organisation design, where I have helped clients change the way they work.

Often the day will involve creating deliverables for clients, attending meetings, and tracking progress against plans. My projects have been really varied so there is no typical project - which is great as you get the chance to work across a variety of sectors and geographies.

What do you like most about the office and region you work in?

The London office is in a great location, near the heart of the city and there are so many great restaurants, bars and places to see within walking distance. But what I like most is the people that work in the London office, I have met so many fantastic individuals who have genuinely made me look forward to coming into work. There are also a number of social and sporting events to get involved with so life is never boring here!

Which personality traits or skills aid success?

I would say that having a strong attention to detail, strong organisation skills and being proactive are critical skills to succeed.

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

Deloitte offers everything I am looking for in terms of career progression and has given me the opportunity to work with many bright, talented people with diverse backgrounds. There are a number of development opportunities available from training courses to overseas secondments. I know that Deloitte will support my future career goals due to the supportive environment that I have experienced.

What advice would you share to others considering a career in Consulting?

There is so much variety here, and so many opportunities in this area that there is potential to find your niche and grow it. Be passionate, work hard and take advantage of the breadth of talent within the firm to gain advice, ideas and insight. If you’re hard working, proactive, business-minded and willing to learn then this really is the place for you.

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