1. What is your job title & what do you do day-to-day?
I am a Campus Recruiting Specialist at Deloitte Consulting in our Philadelphia office. I also work as the National Account Lead for our Actuarial Consulting practice. My day-to-day depends on the season as we work on cycles. Our busiest season is Fall when we do the bulk of our Full Time and Intern recruiting. During that time, I am coordinating resume drops, resume reviews, recruiting events, and interviews. I do the same thing during the Spring when we recruit for our Summer Leadership programs. I also am constantly working with our internal stakeholders to discuss recruiting and work on internal projects. No two days are ever the same which keeps it interesting!
2. How did you get your current job?
In a twist of fate I’d never believe, I actually blindly applied online and got very lucky that someone looked at my application! I started off as a Campus Recruiting Coordinator, which is a contract position. Deloitte often starts Coordinators as contractors so I did that for 10 months and then got converted to “Full Time.” I did that, and eventually became the head of all Coordinators, for about two and a half years. Eventually a role opened up on the Consulting team and I was internally referred, applied, and have been doing it for about a year and a half. In total, I’ve been at Deloitte for almost 4 years (4 year mark is December 17th!).
3. Most rewarding part of your job? Most challenging?
I’d say the most rewarding is helping students to figure out their career path and to see them succeed and enjoy their work. There’s a lot of mentorship and career coaching in the role, which is my favorite part! I also love to learn about what students are involved in and studying on campus (I’m a huge nerd!). Least favorite part is having to decline students. It’s inevitable as not everyone can get the job, but it’s always really hard.
4. What’s something someone might not know about working in your industry?
I think what surprises me most is how people get into the industry. For example, I majored in Film Studies and double minored in Creative Writing and Religion Studies. I never thought I’d work somewhere corporate or do Campus Recruiting, but here I am and I love it. I constantly here the same thing from other people on my team, as well as Consultants. You can really have any background and do the work!
5. If someone is interested in working at your company, what advice would you give the, / what steps should they take?
Definitely try to do some networking – LinkedIn, emailing, etc. It’s a big firm so any personal touch is helpful! If you do get an interview, my biggest advice is to do research on the company, show your passion, and just be yourself!
Sara Schenkel is a Campus Recruiting Specialist at Deloitte Consulting in their Philadelphia office. In her four year tenure at Deloitte, she has also worked as a Campus Recruiting Coordinator for the Tax, Audit, and Advisory practice. Prior to her work at Deloitte, she worked at UJA-Federation of New York and Publicis Health Media. She graduated from Muhlenberg College with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies and a double minor in Creative Writing and Religion Studies. In her free time she enjoys travel, reading, and catching up on the latest movies.