Meet the Bioengineering Graduate Who Now Works as a Technology Consultant
Ornaith O’Reilly of Deloitte shares her experience with the company’s graduate program, including the importance of a ‘buddy’ and a ‘coach’.
Ornaith O’Reilly is a recent bioengineering graduate who now works as an analyst in the robotics and intelligent automation department at Deloitte.
Although she wasn’t sure exactly what she wanted to do out of college, she wanted to learn about different technologies.
“Talking to graduates from Deloitte and other companies ultimately helped me choose the job. Deloitte’s focus on training and development appealed to me as someone from a bioengineering background who expected a steep learning curve to begin with,” he said. she told SiliconRepublic.com.
“Coming from a healthcare background, I’ve always wanted to work in an industry that has a positive impact on the world. Since joining Deloitte, I have had the opportunity to work on projects with high social impact,” she said.
“From working on public health projects to more recently joining a team contributing to Ireland’s response to the invasion of Ukraine, I feel a great sense of accomplishment in my job.”
As she continues to ponder the type of work she wants to do for the rest of her life, she said Deloitte has many avenues to explore. “Fortunately, I can say that I spent my first year in the graduate program in an environment where I am constantly learning and developing.”
‘Your opinion counts whatever your level’
– ORNAITH O’REILLY
Can you describe a typical day in your role?
I’m currently working on two projects, which gives me a lot of variety in my day.
First, I work as a solution developer on an internal project using robotic process automation software – a low-code software package for building, deploying, and managing software robots that simulate human actions. Typically, I spend half my day working “behind the scenes” building and managing automation solutions.
Secondly, I work with a public project owner in a project management role. This is very customer oriented and allows me to develop my communication skills. A typical day might include creating and delivering presentations to senior team members or clients and communicating project progress and issues to stakeholders.
Although the two projects seem very different, I really like the variety they give me and the way they allow me to develop both technical and soft skills.
Did your responsibilities and workload change as the program progressed?
Absolutely. I work daily (almost hourly) with experienced staff members in different Deloitte departments and very experienced clients. There really is a flat structure in the firm, where your opinion is valued regardless of your level.
Over the past year, my responsibilities have increased tremendously. From taking initiative in meetings with clients to taking more ownership of project deliverables, I feel constantly challenged. Although it can sometimes seem daunting, there is so much support available at Deloitte that I never felt overwhelmed.
In your opinion, how has this program better prepared you for professional life?
Since (almost) day one I have been working on client projects, so in many ways I feel like I have been thrown into professional life! I strongly believe that immersion is the best way to learn and it certainly has been at Deloitte.
However, the graduate program comes with support at all levels. First, I was assigned a “buddy” – someone junior in the company to help me get settled.
Second, I was assigned a “coach” – someone experienced in the business, outside of my immediate team, to help guide me through my career at Deloitte. Combining this with the formal training I have received since joining Deloitte, I believe the graduate program is setting me up for professional success.
Would you recommend Deloitte’s graduate program to others?
I would recommend Deloitte’s graduate program to anyone. Coming from an engineering background, I hesitated at first to feel overwhelmed in a consulting role or not to find a role that suited me.
After joining the graduate program, the variety of backgrounds was clear – from history to medical degrees, our admission to graduate school was really exciting! Which made sense to me as soon as I started and saw that no two roles are the same at Deloitte.
It’s great for someone like me who still isn’t sure what he wants to do. Fortunately, Deloitte is keen to let you explore and improve your skills according to your interests.
In terms of social life, coming out of lockdown and into Deloitte’s graduate program was a complete shock to the system. From karaoke to escape rooms and many Thursday night outings, I’ve definitely made friends for life.
I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to meet so many lovely people and for all the memories we have made over the past year.
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