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Hi, I'm Emily.

Delivery Manager, Consulting, London

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My journey so far…

I was very academic at school and loved humanities and music. After completing my A-Levels in my hometown in the Midlands, I moved up north to study geography. I had no idea what I wanted to do in future so when the opportunity of a paid industrial placement at Deloitte came up, I jumped at the chance. I learnt about it at one of the university’s career fairs and it seemed like a great chance to get some experience and decide what I wanted.

I was particularly drawn to Deloitte because they offered consulting roles with lots of variety, which is exactly what I needed. I expected it to be corporate and serious, but that wasn’t the case at all. In reality it offers a really fun, vibrant environment where you can meet lots of new friends and colleagues. I ended up working on an NHS project and I fell in love with public sector consulting. After going back for my final year of university, I decided to apply for a full-time job with the team.

I love sports and prioritising my health is important to me, both at work and at home.

Work that matters

I work in the Analytics and Modelling team for Audit and Assurance. I love what I do because the world of analytics is so broad, and you can do so much with it. One example is data visualisation, where we set out data in a visual way that’s easy for businesses to see and understand, to help them make important decisions.

Problem solving is another big part of my role, and it gives me a real sense of satisfaction. People don’t always think about Audit and Assurance as a creative career path, but in analytics I get to do a lot of coding and design, which is very creative. Most of all, I enjoy feeling like I’ve made a difference. I help people to make decisions that will not only support their business, but also enable them to have the most positive possible impact in society as well.

Highlights from my week

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Today I’m coordinating different teams as we get a new piece of tech live for a client. I will be tracking the developments as we go.
I head to the office and meet my mentee for a coffee, to catch-up on their progress on a new project. In the evening I join my running group.
I head over to client site today for a workshop in the morning. I catch up with my team over lunch for a well-earned break, and then we start working through the workshop outputs in the afternoon.
We have a project social today, so I’m looking forward to catching up with my colleagues. Our go live was successful so we’re all celebrating our success – everyone is really proud, which is a great morale boost for the team.
I work from home on Fridays so I go for a swim in the morning. We have a team meeting to discuss our recent launch, and the lessons we can take into the next piece of work. I kickstart the weekend by meeting some friends after work for a walk.

My weekend looks like

I love exercising and regularly go swimming and running. I also enjoy seeing friends and family, whether that’s cooking together, heading off to the theatre or going out to bars. As part of my flexible benefits package I have the opportunity to buy extra holiday, which I always do. It means I can use the extra leave to do more travelling, so I’m often away for trips around the UK and abroad.

3 things I've learned

Communicate your priorities

It can sometimes feel like all the tasks on your to do list are urgent, but I’ve learned that communicating my priorities to my team gives everyone more clarity.

Challenge existing ideas

I’ve learned that to get to the best idea, you have to challenge all the ideas before it. Sometimes constructive discussions or debates can feel uncomfortable, but they can also drive new perspectives and innovation.

Prioritising my routine

I’m most productive when I prioritise my mental and physical health. Taking time out of the day to exercise or get outside improves my mood and productivity levels.

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Emily's book reccommendation

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

This book is a funny and compelling story of a woman’s pursuit of knowledge in a male-dominated world. Despite a challenging environment, the protagonist remains optimistic and perseveres with her academic goals. This book reminds me of the power of perseverance and the importance of not giving up.