Life at Deloitte
Alumni Spotlight: Dipesh Shah
"Be flexible and open to taking on whatever is needed, do good work, and maintain positive energy — and good things will happen." - Dipesh Shah, manager - Human Capital, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Dipesh Shah joined Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Human Capital practice as a Business Analyst in 2005. Since starting his career at Deloitte, he has had the opportunity to focus on numerous projects across a variety of industries, including Public Sector, Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT), and Consumer and Industrial Products (C&IP). After excelling in numerous client facing roles, Dipesh joined a 13-month internal project, where he had the opportunity to redesign Deloitte’s talent processes and develop the first version of Deloitte’s standardized onboarding program, Welcome to Deloitte. From 2011 to 2013, Dipesh attended Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business as part of the Graduate School Assistance Program (GSAP) and returned to Deloitte after graduation.
Q&A with Dipesh
What does Deloitte’s Business Analyst - Human Capital program mean to you?
The Business Analyst - Human Capital program was an accelerator for my career. I joined Deloitte not necessarily knowing much about Human Capital consulting, but ultimately, the program was structured in a way where I was able to gain the broad knowledge I needed to succeed by serving on various projects across all different Human Capital service offerings. I learned, as an analyst, how to deliver high quality work and be a great professional in the workplace. I grew so much in my first two years out of undergrad by joining Deloitte. I truly feel like the Business Analyst - Human Capital program was a unique and maturing experience that I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else.
How has the Business Analyst – Human Capital program helped launch your career and prepared you to be where you are today?
I still use every single skill that I gained throughout my first two years as a Business Analyst. All the little things you learn that you might not necessarily appreciate in the moment as an analyst, such as spreadsheet shortcuts and presentation foundational techniques, I learned to appreciate later in my career. Now, I am able to quickly develop spreadsheet models and presentations and create work plans efficiently. Additionally, I realized once I returned to Deloitte after graduate school, that there was a distinct difference between those individuals that started their career at the firm as Business Analysts, versus those that joined at a later time. Those that started with Deloitte earlier in their career understood the high standard at Deloitte, had a strong network, and immediately were able to excel on their client projects due to the foundational skills they acquired throughout the Business Analyst rotational project.
What is your most memorable experience as an analyst?
The most memorable part of my experience as a Business Analyst was just the amount of mentorship and coaching I received during the program. The same people I built relationships with early in my career and regular investors in my career and continue to push me to succeed. It is also great to see that many of them are now senior managers, principals, and directors -- so that’s pretty neat. Ultimately, the mentorship I gained as an analyst was invaluable and helped me develop as an individual and as a leader.
What made you want to return to Deloitte after your experience in graduate school?
The Graduate School Assistance Program (GSAP) was a great experience and helped put into perspective what I really wanted to gain out of my career. When I was considering my next steps after graduate school, I wanted to move into a role that would stretch my horizons and provide multiple opportunities for growth. As I looked into different career paths from consulting, I didn’t see anything that would compel me to switch and have similar standards and experiences to Deloitte. Deloitte fulfilled every expectation of mine pre-graduate school, so I decided to return knowing I would only continue to develop as a professional and leader.
What advice do you have for current and future BAs?
Crush every opportunity that you’re given. Take it 100% seriously and do the best possible job that you can. I remember when I was a Business Analyst, I spent an entire day making copies for a very important client meeting. I took that job so seriously and created the best set of materials to deliver to my team. After the meeting, I remember my manager telling me it was the best thing they could have had for their conversations with the client executive team. That same manager is now a Principal with Deloitte and is a great mentor to this day. It’s the small things like that which build your reputation and develop your network.
Be flexible and open to taking on whatever is needed, do good work and maintain positive energy -- and good things will happen.
BBA, Marketing and Finance, Emory University
2005 - 2007
Business Analyst - Human Capital, Deloitte Consulting LLP
2007 - 2009
Consultant, Deloitte Consulting LLP
2009 - 2011
Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting LLP
2011 - 2013
MBA, Duke University (GSAP)
Direct Sales Intern, Facebook
2013 - 2014
Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting LLP
2014 - Now
Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP