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Day in the life of a Tech Grad

Meet Niv from Melbourne

Meet Niv from Melbourne, a Graduate from Deloitte’s Platform Engineering (DPE) team! Coming from a Sales & Marketing background, Deloitte has opened her eyes to the endless possibilities within Tech for talented people like herself.

She’s currently helping a public sector client implement a new CRM solution as they undergo a massive digital transformation. Pretty cool, right? 

Niv Sarma, Business Analyst in Platform Engineering

What’s your #DeloitteStory?

In the second year of my Masters of Information Systems, I applied for a Grad role at Deloitte. Unfortunately, all positions were full, but the Recruiter who was looking after me asked me if I would be interested in joining a cool new area called Deloitte Platform Engineering (DPE). After she explained the role, my instant reaction was, “Wait, but I can’t code though! Isn’t Tech for developers and coders?”  

Though I was a little hesitant, I took up the offer and was pleasantly surprised! Despite DPE being a technical area, you are not expected to have an IT degree to start here as a Grad. The people in DPE are some of the coolest and smartest people that I have ever met in my life. The best thing about being a Grad is that I could get exposure to different areas like Business Analysis, IT Operations, Delivery, Testing, Automation, Development, and so much more! 

Follow Niv as she walks us through a day-in-her-life in the Melbourne office!

Arrive at the client site. I’m totally a morning person so I love getting into work early! This is my zen time before everyone gets in at 9 am. I start with checking my emails, planning client workshops and organising my day.

My favourite time of the day – Ranting about the latest Bachelor Australia episode and all the drama with one of my colleagues at our favourite coffee shop.

The “omg! did you watch Bachie last night?” look

Daily team stand-up time! We talk through what we did yesterday, what our priorities are today and raise any blockers stopping us from moving forward. This time is so helpful in kick-starting a productive day and helps us keep each other accountable for the tasks we commit to. More importantly, it helps us support one another – that’s what a team is for right?

A quick catch-up with my team leads to go through the client requirements document and get feedback from him. I always prioritize catching up with my lead frequently to make sure that I am on the right track. 

A super candid photo of my team lead and me

I know I brought lunch from home today, but I was really craving my favourite cheese and spinach Turkish Borek from Melbourne’s Victoria Market. To justify that, it was a lovely 18-degree, sunny day in Melbourne (I know, what a shocker) – how could I not?  

Because Borek is life

Fighting my food coma, it’s time to catch up with the CRM functional lead to ask a few questions and get an overview of the functionalities that the system can offer. As a Business Analyst, I’m always liaising with the business and tech teams to translate business requirements into technical artefacts. 

A super candid photo of getting stuff done

Almost at the end of the day – where did time go! I spend the last couple of hours completing the requirements document and drafting the agenda for the next client workshop that I have to facilitate. 

One thing that pleasantly surprised me about being a Grad at Deloitte is that you’re NEVER treated like an ‘intern’ or some kid who is just out of Uni. You feel supported and trusted from day one. I’ve always been given responsibilities and tasks like a regular Consultant would. Although the tasks are sometimes challenging, everyone around is extremely helpful and genuinely cares about your career growth. 

My serious ‘Do not disturb’ face

I finish up the last few tasks on my to-do list and pack up. Tonight, I am catching up with a few colleagues who are also at the same client but work from a different location. Work-life balance is something extremely important to Deloitte and myself, so I always make sure to do something fun and relaxing after a hard but productive day at work.

Just a bunch of Consultants having a good time

Do you have a role model at Deloitte? If so, what’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from them? 

The best advice I’ve received is from my Project Coach, Rebecca Sheen. She says, “Be Authentic. When your values are consistently demonstrated, trust and respect will soon follow”. 

If you could give students one job search tip, what would it be?  

Network! Network! Network! Attend as many networking events organised by your University. It’s such a great opportunity to connect with professionals from the industry and learn more about what they actually do. I found it extremely beneficial for my career progression and also helped a lot with building my self-confidence! 

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