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Hi, I'm Tricia.

Resource Manager in Consulting and cold water swimmer, Glasgow

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My journey so far…

I grew up in Glasgow, one of the friendliest cities in the UK. I was passionate about sports and represented my country in athletics in my teens, but decided to pursue a career in finance instead, because it allowed me more time with friends and family. I worked in National Savings & Investments and was responsible for researching customer views and testing products. In 2019 I had a job I loved, working for a skills development firm, but I left after a few months because my sister became unwell. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer and I wanted us to spend her last few months together.

In 2021, after she passed away, I joined Deloitte in Consulting for a fresh start. Sadly, a year later, tragedy struck our family again. Another close family member got cancer and died soon after, leaving behind his partner, who is physically disabled. The rest of our family has come together to support her, and I’ve become one of her carers. It’s a physical and mental challenge because I’m constantly worried about her. I often get a call at short notice to say she needs help and I feel terribly guilty if I can’t go there and then. I’m lucky to have such a supportive employer and family around me. I’ve reduced my hours and no longer work on Fridays so I can spend more time caring. In the past I have felt wrung out, but being supported to manage my time has been very beneficial.

"I’m a people person and I love working closely with others. As a Resource Manager in Consulting I enjoy helping colleagues to build exciting careers, but I’m also an active volunteer in our diversity networks."

Work that matters

I’m a resource manager in consulting, which means my job is to assign the right consultants to each project we work on. I love it because it gives me the opportunity to connect with people and help them in developing their careers. 

Outside of my main role, I’m part of the Working Families Network at Deloitte, who support carers in the firm. It’s given me the opportunity to meet other people in my position, as well as discover more about the support options available. I’m also a member of the Scottish Multicultural network, and I consider myself an ally for people from all backgrounds. I hate injustice and will stand up for anyone if I see them being treated unfairly in life. Our networks help me to understand the people I work with better, which makes me better at my job. For example, I’ve learnt more about the impact of Ramadan fasting for Muslims.

Highlights from my week

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
I look over the new engagement dashboard, which allows us to see who is working on different projects. 
I spent the day catching up with our teams to understand what new projects we have and how we match consultants with the right projects. I also meet a new team member who will be joining us this month. 
I get an early flight to London to visit analysts and consultants face to face, something I do once a month. It’s nice to have a balance with the Glasgow office and home working. 
We have a big virtual meet up with the wider resource management team. We discuss what’s happening across the firm and I highlight a few people who are looking for new projects. After work I enjoy dinner with my husband.
I’m helping to support my family member today. After sorting out some laundry we go out shopping and I help her to find a dress she loves. 

My weekend looks like

At the weekend I like to spend time with my daughter and my grandson. I also do wild swimming, and on a Sunday I go to a local loch for a swim or paddle board. I really enjoy it and find it beneficial for my mental health. I’ve trained to go out in winter now, and even break up the ice to get in on a cold morning! I’m really lucky because Glasgow is a brilliant city, but it’s also really close to incredible countryside and mountains. If it’s a nice day I like going for a walk or reading in the garden with my book. 

3 things I've learned

Learning is a shared experience

Whether you’re starting a new job or you’ve been in your role some time, a willingness to learn is really important. I think it’s also helpful to pay that back, by passing on your learnings to others.

Positivity stands out

At Deloitte you can bring your whole self to work, and for me that means being smiley, positive and enthusiastic. I hope that by being authentic in the workplace, I can encourage others to do the same.

Listening is key

One of my favourite quotes is from the Dalai Lama: “When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new”. Listening is a really important quality, and can help make you better in all aspects of your life.

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Tricia's book recommendation

11/22/63 by Stephen King

This book is about a time traveller that goes back in time and tries to stop the shooting of John F Kennedy. It’s a brilliant read because he points out all the things in history that did happen, and how things could have played out differently. It’s a good lesson on cause, effect, and sequences. I also think it helps you to understand the impact that your actions can have, whether intended or unintended.