It was on June 1st when I got my very first boarding pass to a first class ride towards the Deloitte Beirut office. Every flight gives passengers a little scare as soon as they get in their seats, and as a Tadarab intern passenger, I felt that, along with a lot of anticipation to how this ride will feel like.
Since the “mini-ahlan” session, everybody was so friendly that they made me feel like the people around are as close as best friends, not just colleagues. I thought to myself, “Where will this get me? What will I learn?”
I met my Buddy* who was assigned to me on the first day, welcoming me with the same energy I had to begin my flight. The first week as an intern was the most exciting. As a new face on this flight, I got to introduce myself a million times, but that was the highlight of the day where everybody offers their help for anything that comes up.
I was able to link the theories I studied in university to the actual field. Of course, at first, I had no idea where to begin, but with the help of my Buddy and the work team, difficulties felt like a few and scattered bumps along. My Buddy was an open book where he taught me how to deliver all the tasks requested. He pointed out my strengths and development areas, and showed me how to address them. In one month, I was able to see how a team of about 6 people can work together on a full-sized job and accomplish it on time.
My flight was short, but it taught me a lot. What I gained was much more than technicalities; I experienced a feeling of loyalty. People here are not just teammates or colleagues, they are family and they stick together. It is a feeling that many should have the opportunity to experience.
It was a privilege to have met the people across my path and to have worked with such a wonderful team whom I thank for all the hard work they put and all the motivation they provided me with. As the plane arrives to its destination, I would only hope I would catch the flight once more.
by: Joanne Ayoub, “Tadarab” program intern at Deloitte Middle East
*Each Tadarab intern is assigned a Buddy, a Deloitte employee, who acts as the intern’s mentor guiding them through the internship process, facilitating their cultural navigation and evaluating their performance upon completion of the internship.
“Tadarab” is a Deloitte Middle East talent development program that offers selected college students real-world experience and valuable learning opportunities. It exposes interns to actual work assignments and development through access to over 50,000 eLearning courses. An intern goes through an induction program (Mini Ahlan) and is assigned a buddy for the duration of the internship. Deloitte has received numerous awards in the last few years which include Best Employer in the Middle East, and the Middle East Training & Development Excellence Award by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
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