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Risk Advisory: Data Factory Graduate Programme
Cassandra joined Deloitte as part of the Data Factory Graduate Programme in Risk Advisory. Here, she shares some insight into what she studied, what informed her decision to join Deloitte and what a typical day in her role entails.
I am a small town girl from Mahikeng, who went to boarding school in Pretoria from Grade 10. I graduated cum laude in Industrial Engineering at the University of Pretoria. Engineering taught me more than just theory and practical skills; it taught me how to think out of the box when solving problems and how to work under pressure. Both of those skills are vital in the working world.
Deloitte was always at the top of my list of companies to work for because of the firm’s amazing reputation and global presence. I had only ever heard great things about Deloitte and how welcoming and accepting the culture within Risk Advisory is, and when I went through the recruitment process I immediately felt like it was where I wanted to be.
Describe a typical day in your grad programme?
My grad programme was called Data Factory. It worked a little differently to most programmes as we did client work from Monday to Thursday and then we had training every Friday. The training was carried out in the form of lectures that assisted us in completing certain case studies. These case studies were based on real life engagements, but had shorter project life spans. The goal was to expose us to different areas within Data Analytics and to introduce us to a range of skills and tools, so that we walked out of the programme fast-tracked with a huge set of capabilities and knowledge.
Do you have any advice for future grads?
Take the most out of your grad programme, grab every opportunity to learn a new skill and tackle new problems that you aren’t comfortable with. All the hard work will pay off in the end and you will grow unbelievable amounts!
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