What does a graduate program and a sushi train have in common? Your first year of working in a corporate is a bit like a sushi train experience – there are plenty of moving parts, bright lights, and a wide array of dishes to try. Do you go for it early and grab all the dishes coming around, or do you pace yourself, observe the variety of options and then choose your dishes?
In March 2018, I joined Deloitte as a graduate in the Marketing, Communications, and Business Development (MCBD) team. Our department supports the firm across a broad spectrum of needs including marketing campaigns, client experience, relationship programs and, strategy development. It’s a two year graduate program with six-month rotations across different teams, and a rare opportunity to taste the entree before you order the banquet.
My first year as a marketing graduate was a tasty and filling meal, packed with plenty of new learning experiences, flavours, and a generous side of personal growth. There were definitely some juicy challenges, but overall, I’m more than satisfied and give it a five star rating.
There is always a story to be told when there are five stars to a meal. Here are five lessons I learnt in my first year as a graduate:
There will be a vast selection of flavoursome opportunities to experience in your career. So remember to pace yourself – and enjoy the journey.