I was recently contacted by the Windsor Fellowship to apply for the opportunity to attend an Insight day at Deloitte, their London office. The insight day was intended for undergraduate students in their first year/penultimate and final year interested in the professional services.
The Windsor Fellowship is a charitable organisation. They design and deliver innovative personal development and leadership programmes, which enable talent from diverse communities to be realised. Their work helps young people navigate pathways to educational and career success. At the same time, it helps employers’ access talent from within Britain’s diverse communities. Their objectives are to: Improve educational attainment levels, strengthen community cohesion and achieve a greater equality of employment outcomes.
Deloitte, is a UK-incorporated multinational professional services firm. Deloitte is one of the “Big Four” accounting firms and the largest professional services network in the world by revenue and number of professionals. Deloitte provides audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management, tax, and related services to select clients.
The insight day event was in partnership with the Deloitte Multicultural Network, who recently were awarded “Outstanding Employee Network Group of the Year” at the European Diversity Awards. The Deloitte Multicultural Network offer undergraduate students the opportunity to find out more about Deloitte and network with staff.
After completing a short application which included questions like; ‘What do you hope to gain by attending the event with Deloitte?’ and ‘What interests you about the professional services industry?’, I was told that I was selected to attend.
In order to prepare for the event, I made sure to research Deloitte’s business areas, especially the areas which interested me the most. I also looked into the types of opportunities Deloitte offers for students, such as their: Spring into Deloitte Scheme, Summer Vacation Scheme – Internships and Industrial placements.
It was also important for me to prepare in advance to create positive impressions about myself to staff and create new networks. For example, planning my transportation and ensuring I had the appropriate dress code for the event, which in this occasion was smart business.
The event ran from 8.30am to 5pm. The event was a relatively intimate one, with roughly 20 students in total. They provided us with breakfast and we had the opportunity of being joined by senior members of the Deloitte staff team (a Partner and Director) for breakfast. Both are in technology consulting at the firm with over 20 years’ experience.
There were many interactive sessions held throughout the day, including; the Partner-led breakfast meeting, an HR session about the various pathways into Deloitte and networking with current staff members.
Overall this was a great experience for me, I thoroughly enjoyed the day and I am very grateful for having the opportunity to build my personal network. I believe this will support me during the internship and graduate recruitment cycles. I tried my best to make the most it by asking questions, taking notes and adding some of the employees on LinkedIn profile, so I could build my profile by having more connections. It was a very informative event and an invaluable opportunity to find out what working at Deloitte is like, to network and gain an insight from HR in how to apply for their programmes.