It has been two years now since Deloitte adopted a branding theme of “a borderless career with Deloitte.” The theme is characterized by passports and boarding passes to the different service lines offered by the firm including audit, tax, financial advisory, consulting, and enterprise risk services. At first I thought this was more of a marketing tool, I didn’t understand that Deloitte is literally a journey.
As of the day I started the internship program “Tadarab”, I started realizing how much of an airplane journey it really was.
The plane takeoff began with day one at the Tadarab program at Deloitte. The human resource team (HR) started informing us about the program, what we would be doing and how the process would take place. Instead of the safety guidelines you get on a plane, HR presented us with an introductory presentation. Each one of us would be assigned a “buddy.” Just like a flight attendant, our buddy, a Deloitte employee, was there to answer all our questions. My buddy was responsible for guiding me through life at the firm and introducing me to the key concepts of auditing.
Due to the fact that this was my first job and that I was new to the audit practice, I was asked to complete e-learning courses during my first week. Some of the courses were related to the industry and auditing at Deloitte specifically. Others were related to ethical behavior and the importance of confidentiality and independence in this line of business.
Upon the departure of the plane, the journey was peaceful and relaxing. I was assigned on an engagement where I had to work alongside an audit team. Before entering the program, I thought that all the tasks that were to be given to me were related to office work. However, I was surprised and thrilled that I worked on so much more than that. The team members gave me tests to perform under their supervision. I began to get exposure to the reality of working in a multinational corporation. I learned how to communicate with and address clients so that they understand our needs and we understand theirs.
Although you might think that the voyage would be bumpy and challenging, the team I was working with helped me every step of the way. I never felt worried or bothered when a task was given.
As the voyage is coming to an end and the plane is about to land, I can truly say that this internship has helped me a lot. It is due to the Tadarab program that I have a somewhat clear idea of what audit practice is and how work should be organized, performed, and reported. In conclusion, I learned that time management, team work, and dedication are key in the audit profession specifically, and the work life in general.
By: Elyssa Abi Karam, “Tadarab” program intern at Deloitte Middle East
“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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