(From left) Will Whipple and Tyler Willibrand.
Will Whipple and Tyler Willibrand have both participated in the Deloitte Mentor program. Below are their personal experiences with the program.
By Tyler Willibrand
At the start of my junior year, similar to many students, I had no idea what I wanted to do after college. Toward the beginning of the school year, I received an email for the Deloitte Mentor program, which was looking for engineering students interested in technology and business. The program seemed very interesting, and I knew any mentorship program had a lot of potential benefit for me. It is important to mention that up until this point I knew nothing about consulting or what it entailed.
Throughout my junior year I participated in the mentorship program events and met with my mentor to develop my career skills. He helped me develop my resumé and significantly improve my interview skills. We worked through mock interviews to help me understand exactly what top employers are looking for and most likely to ask. On top of this personal development, I also learned a lot about the consulting industry and the need for business technology consultants.
The Deloitte Mentor program helped me find something that I was interested in and ultimately would choose as my career choice after college. I later interviewed with Deloitte Consulting for an internship, which I loved, and am now looking forward to starting a full-time job with Deloitte Consulting after college.
The mentor program is by no means only for those students pursuing a career in consulting. I happened to love the industry and have chosen to start my career there. However, the program does a great job of developing career skills that any employer would look for in a potential candidate. Oftentimes, the most difficult part of landing a dream job is the application and interview process. I really believe that the Deloitte Mentor program helps give students the skills they need to ace the job recruiting process.
— Tyler Willibrand is a senior majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in commercial entrepreneurship.
By Will Whipple
The Deloitte mentorship program is a great opportunity to make sure you are presenting yourself in a way that will stand out to companies, to familiarize yourself with Deloitte and the work that they do, and at the very least to network with an industry professional. Most of the mentor-mentee discussion topics centered around basic advice on the interview process, such as resumé writing, interview techniques and general internship searching. These are essential components to landing any position, and I found it very helpful to go over all of them with someone who had gone through the process and is now on the other side.
Additionally, as much as an engineering education equips students with the tools to solve problems, it is often difficult to fully know what specific challenges those will be. Gaining insight about the work that Deloitte and companies like it do is essential to trying to figure out the options that college students have moving towards post-graduate life, which is another valuable aspect of this program.
Finally, what I found most valuable about this program was having the opportunity to form a relationship with an experienced industry professional. Simply having an interaction with a professional on a monthly basis will help you practice interpersonal skills that will be called upon not far down the road. More importantly, the conversations that I had with my mentor helped me figure out where I want to be in the future, and understand what it is that will help me get there. I did the program as a sophomore, and I still keep in touch with my mentor now as a junior, and recommend the program to anyone who is afforded the opportunity to do it.
— Will Whipple is a junior with a double major in systems science & engineering and finance.
For more information on the Deloitte Mentor program, contact Melanie Osborn, assistant dean in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, at firstname.lastname@example.org.