By: Sultan Alawar, Tadarab intern at Deloitte, Middle East

Albert Einstein once said “The only source of knowledge is experience”. My journey as an Intern part of Tadarab, Deloitte Middle East’s Internship program has been a perfect reflection of this statement, an example of a fruitful professional experience that exposed me to learning and allowed me to deliver quality work through the support and guidance of a professional environment that impacted me personally and professionally.

When I applied to Deloitte, I was not only seeking knowledge, but also looking for an experience that would provide me with on-the-job learning through performing actual audit assignments. My Tadarab experience exposed me to the different aspects of Audit, from tests, to procedure, to reach proper “scientific” conclusions. The support and guidance I received were vital as they helped me adapt to the working environment and deliver all the required tasks that I was assigned to perform.

One of the most interesting and self-fulfilling parts of the internship was my participation in the Deloitte Digital Youth Program (DYP), a Deloitte Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CR&S) initiative. Being part of DYP meant visiting a refugee school where we provided students with Deloitte laptops and trained teachers on helping their students acquire skills through  e-learning courses on various topics such as languages, math, and sciences. Being part of this CR activity gave me the opportunity to explore Deloitte’s purpose to “make an impact that matters” in a critical humanitarian crisis. The instructors’ passion and eagerness to learn and navigate the courses in order to transfer the skills to their students motivated me to work harder and engage myself in more projects that aim to give back to the community and improve refugees’ educational status in Lebanon. It was an impactful experience, which led me to volunteer and work with AUB CCECS and Jusoor NGO in launching an English Teaching Program whereby I will be delivering reinforcement sessions to advance English Writing and Speaking skills to refugees.

After completing the first month of my internship at Deloitte, I can say that the Tadarab experience has allowed me to understand how banks operate, provide financial services and comply with Central Bank rules and regulations. I’m looking forward to the remaining part of  my internship with Deloitte to further explore the Audit and Assurance field, enhance my business expertise, system abilities and my interpersonal skills.

My experience with Deloitte certainly met the firm’s purpose, given the impact that it made on me and my future career will certainly matter, a distinguished experience that will stay with me wherever I go and whatever I do.

“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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