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Most of the ambitious millennials are seeking a career that combine personal growth and development with a contemporary life style. Well, I found it.

On August, 26th 2015 at 1:10pm, I received a call telling me that I was accepted to join Deloitte’s internship program “Tadarab”. Tuesday September, 8th 2015, was the beginning of my exciting journey at Deloitte. I was stressed and a bit nervous upon my arrival, but I found myself surrounded by friendly individuals and it was a smooth process to fit in, especially after the kind welcoming I received from every member in the office.

I spent my first few days completing some e-learning courses to learn the technical methods and ethics of Deloitte, as well as to gain new knowledge and learn more about Deloitte Audit methodology in specific as I joined the Audit group. Considering the thousands of available and significant courses that Deloitte has in their knowledge base, I tried hard to explore and navigate through these courses. Here is where I learnt how to effectively utilize my time and make the most of every moment I spent there by gaining new knowledge and understanding about the firm and professional standards.

After completing my mandatory e-learning courses, I began to work with my buddy who was a peer mentor that helped me acclimate to the firm by providing team introductions, navigating through the office, answering questions, and understanding the resources that are available through the firm.

One of the many things that I admired the most in the Tadarab program was the Deloitte way of empowering and making a change in its surrounding community, where everyone’s motto is “making an impact that matters”. Fortunately, I had the chance to participate in one of those events with an NGO for children with cancer, in which all Deloitte staff gathered to make these children happy. In that day, I realized the huge influence we can make if we allocate a small part of our time to our society.

An interesting aspect of this internship was meeting new people and the inspiration I got from them as they never hesitated to give me valuable career advice that made it much easier for me to figure out how to overcome any weaknesses I may have in order to be an effective member of this great firm.

As I’m spending my last moments here, I am reluctant to say goodbye because this is a place where future leaders are made and I’m looking forward to joining Deloitte in the near future. Till then, every small detail is going to be missed, starting from the great people I met to the sound of the endless clicks of the calculators.

by: Hisham Abu Rashed, “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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