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Deloitte’s collaboration with Hiring Our Heroes

Two professionals share their experience

November 11, 2021

Deloitte’s work with the Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program (CFP) provides transitioning service members with professional training and hands-on experience in the civilian workforce, and they have the opportunity to be hired full-time at Deloitte upon the completion of their fellowship. Haley Harrison and Peter Joseph, both hired from the fellowship program, share their experiences, and discuss how Deloitte’s collaboration with Hiring our Heroes (HOH) has helped their careers.

The gift of opportunity

“Hiring Our Heroes provided me an opportunity I’m not sure I would have had otherwise, and the onboarding process with Deloitte was so straight-forward; I had so much support,” shared Haley, a senior consultant with Deloitte Consulting LLP. Haley attended West Point and then began her military career. At the end of Haley’s five-year military career, she was a junior officer on active duty until last winter, stationed at Fort Carson, a United States Army Post located in Colorado. Haley has a passion for strategy and analytics and was seeking a role in commercial consulting. When she joined Deloitte through HOH, she was so grateful to have found her perfect fit.

Peter had also been on active duty for five years and has been in the Marine Corps reserve for just over a year. While Haley transitioned to the business world during the COVID-19 pandemic, Peter began his fellowship in 2020, right before the pandemic began. “The world was a very different place when I began my fellowship in January 2020,” shared Peter. Peter worked in the office and attended Friday huddles with the HOH program. He was given the opportunity to visit several different sites within the national capital region during the first two months of his fellowship. After interviewing with Deloitte Peter accepted a full-time job offer with the Cyber practice within Deloitte & Touche LLP, working with government clients. “I enjoy that my work can have an impact on people nationwide, as well as how my team here at Deloitte feels like a second family; I can talk to them about anything whenever I need to,” shared Peter.

From the military to the business world

“The military teaches you how to handle ambiguous situations and also focuses greatly on collaboration, skills that have served me well in the business world,” shared Haley. That said, “transitioning from the military to the business world can be very intimidating, especially in the ‘new normal’ created by the COVID-19 pandemic,” she added. Haley is grateful that Deloitte’s collaboration with HOH, made the transition more manageable. The program prepared her for the transition and supported her through the process.

Peter’s fellowship ended in April 2020, during the beginning of the pandemic and the peak in many parts of the country. Therefore, his transition from the military to the business world was impacted by COVID-19. While Peter joined during a time when work was completely remote, having a network of other veterans that he created during the fellowship to help build his network and find projects, was a great asset to him, as was the ability to ping anyone he needed to at Deloitte via instant message. “This was very new for me because in the military you need to go through the entire chain of command in order to speak with the CO,” Peter shared.

Both Haley and Peter are grateful for the opportunities afforded to them through Deloitte’s collaboration with HOH and are developing careers that challenge and inspire them, while continuing to enjoy other passions like their shared love of physical fitness—running for Peter, and tennis for Haley.

Learn more about how Deloitte supports military veterans.

Haley Harrison
Peter Joseph

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