“I think that the best part of the Deloitte Summer Xperience is the possibility of networking with professionals working at the firm”.
We were happy to hear BBA student Alejandro García González was one the participants of Deloitte’s Summer Xperience, a one-week event organized by this renowned consulting firm for incoming, top-performing, last-year students from Spanish universities, who are interested in pursuing a career in Consulting. Participants attend sessions, case studies and networking events with other students and with professionals working at the firm.
It’s worth noting that Deloitte was the most recurrent employer of the IEU Class of 2016.
Below please find Alejandro’s comments on this experience!
· Can you tell us a little bit about the experience itself? What does it consist of? What did you enjoy the most?
This is a week-long event where students can solve all kinds of doubts they might have about working at Deloitte. The first day was dedicated to activities to get to know each other and they then gave us a small case, which was the one we worked on during the week.
During the first 3 days we worked on the case with the different departments of Deloitte. I could choose Financial Advisory, Monitor (Strategic Consulting) and Financial Risk, but they have up to 9 (auditory, technology risk, digital, cybersecurity etc). It does not matter what profile you have; there is time to talk to everyone if you are interested.
During those days, while in “class” (literally a class since we were on the campus of UAX) we could also ask and solve any question we might have had about a particular department; questions like: What is the selection process like? What are the functions of an intern or a junior?
During the week there is also time for social activities, for talks on LinkedIn, for sports, for motivational talks, for cooking (or trying to) and for a dinner, among others.
Personally, for me the best was the afternoon dedicated to virtual reality as we could try the VR glasses.
· What do you feel are the pros of participating in an event like this?
I think that the best part of the Deloitte Summer Xperience is the possibility of networking with professionals working at the firm. You can have an open conversation with a senior analyst and ask all kind of questions about their job, their routines, their background etc. It is really nice because you can really get a feel for what they do and what is most important, you can solve your deepest doubts about working in the sector.
·How did you find out about this opportunity?
I found the opportunity through one of the weekly mails that the Talent & Careers department send us. After that, the process was really straightforward. I had to pass a couple of online tests and then I was invited to a group interview.
· How do you think your IE experience and the IE Talent & Careers team support helped you obtain this opportunity?
The Talent & Careers department is always posting great opportunities, which we should take advantage of. I think it is one of the differences that makes IE so strong and different from other universities. The IE brand also opens a lot of doors and I think I was able to use it wisely.
· Would you want to share any tips, advice with current student interested in participating in future editions of this experience?
If you want to know firsthand how to work at Deloitte, do not hesitate. Apply to summer Xperience next year. Last year there were 100 students and this year it went up to 121 students from all over Spain. Do not think that because it just lasts a week it is not worth it and that it would be better to secure a regular internship. It is quite the opposite! Think that it is a week-long chance to do your best and impress one of the companies with greatest worldwide presence. If you do your best, chances are they will not let you slip away.
And by the way, they also took good care of us and we had a great time!
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us, Alejandro. We wish you the best during your upcoming academic exchange in Milan!