“Don’t stand still”. This is what Cathy Engelbert, first female CEO at Deloitte, has uttered during one of her interviews. Needless to say this is exactly how I was during my first day of internship at Deloitte: I was too excited to just stay still.
Friday, July 1st , 2016. Beirut, Lebanon.
A young lady enters Deloitte’s premises. She looks calm but is actually quite nervous and excited on the inside. As she enters the conference room on the third floor, she cheerfully greets everyone with a “good morning”. She takes a seat and introduces herself to the lady on her right: “I’m Tala, nice to meet you”. Yes, that’s me.
Seriously now. I was pleased to know I could write a blog about my experience at Deloitte. However, a question kept wandering in my head: Won’t I simply be repeating the same things previous peers have mentioned? I quickly shook off the voices in my head and decided to write an article anyway, because the experience I have lived through the Tadarab program is worth writing about.
Back to where I started. A short while after entering the conference room, the Human Resources team joined us and welcomed us aboard what they call the Tadarab journey. After handing us our boarding passes, the team gave us a general overview of Deloitte, what it does and the principles it stands for. Furthermore, the HR team got us familiarized with Tadarab’s objectives and made sure we understood our role as interns in order for us to make the most out of our time at Deloitte. Towards the end, each one of us was paired with a buddy, a Deloitte employee destined to guide us and answer all our questions along the journey.
The first week was mainly dedicated to complete several e-Learnings, which helped me get acquainted with several key auditing concepts and principles; notions that came in handy later on throughout my internship in the Audit Department. They were mainly related to Deloitte’s ethical principals and work methodology as well as Deloitte’s Audit Software, AS/2.
Eight e-Learnings later, I started working with an audit team at our assigned client. Before starting my internship at Deloitte, I expected to be given basic and simple tasks, but to my pleasure and surprise, it was not the case. After teaching me some basic audit skills and knowledge, my buddy quickly started giving me more and more to do. I went from proofreading financial statements to performing supervised tests. By the end of the program, I had worked at three different clients with three different teams, which allowed me to get an understanding of different domains and meet people from different backgrounds.
Whenever I thought of prospective future careers, one of my main concerns was finding a place where I could continuously learn and grow, encounter challenges all while working in teams. Luckily enough, I have experienced these elements in Deloitte. Some characteristics particularly caught my attention in the firm, such as the friendliness, dedication, perseverance and positive attitude of those I worked with. They were always available to answer my questions and give me important career advice with a smile on their face despite their heavy workload, which I admired.
On another note, I liked how employees in the firm see and treat one another like equals no matter the number of years –or days in my case- they have been working at Deloitte. This enables them to nurture a real team spirit within the firm. In fine, the Tadarab program has allowed me to have a better understanding of auditing and how teamwork is supposed to be done, as well as apprehending what working in a multinational corporation entails.
In a time when change is omnipresent, I believe that Deloitte is a great environment to grow in and in which there is no time to “stand still”, as there is always something new to learn, different people to meet and new challenges to face, which I and many others find very thrilling. Now that my internship has ended, I realize that the Tadarab journey on another hand has not, as its destination is boundless, just like written on our boarding passes.
By: Tala Rafii, “Tadarab” program intern, 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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