Written by: Mutian Rui
I had a terrible first day at Deloitte Consulting. Now don’t get me wrong: my peers, instructors, and orientation program were great. What’s terrible is that I had to fly to Atlanta for two days of training with nothing but my laptop bag and the clothes on my back.
A little background. My name is Mutian and I’m a rising junior in Fisher involved with Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations, a student organization that does pro-bono consulting work for local nonprofits. Through this organization, I was exposed to the problem-solving world of management consulting and got introduced to Linda, the Deloitte recruiter who pointed me in the right direction. With her help, I successfully interviewed for and attended the Deloitte National Leadership Conference last summer and was offered an internship in the Cleveland Strategy & Operations practice.
The plan was to go back to the apartment, grab the suitcase, drive to the airport, and make it in time for my flight. Did I mention I don’t have a room key and my roommates are working at an investment bank? Needless to say, after an hour of waiting and more than 20 missed calls, my roommates had not gotten off work and I drove to the airport empty-handed.
“Plan ahead” was the most important lesson I learned that day. And how to wash and dry clothes quickly in a Ritz Carlton. Hint: find the iron.