Sylvia’s journey at Deloitte has provided her with broad exposure to multiple industries. After leaving the corporate world in 2009 to start a family, she returned in 2015 through the Encore program, relaunching her career within Deloitte Advisory with a focus on auditing information technology.
Tell us about your journey to Deloitte.
I first joined Deloitte in 2001. Five years later, I left the company when the military relocated my husband, a Navy pilot, to rural California. I took an industry job as a compliance manager for a major homebuilder before we were relocated again to the High Desert in Fallon, Nevada. I took advantage of this time to start a family while pursuing a professional certification and my master’s degree. Still, Deloitte remained on my radar - I always said that I’d like to try to come back. When circumstances took my family back east to the D.C. area, I applied to Deloitte’s Encore program, an 11-week course for people who’ve left the professional world for an extended period of time. Encore hones skills, builds professional confidence, and prepares individuals for the return to a high-performance environment. The program rekindled my passion for Advisory and for Deloitte. Following it, I immediately stepped into a senior consultant role in Deloitte’s Richmond, Virginia, office.
What excites you about your future at Deloitte?
Today, I’m tackling another challenging area of the profession that’s growing exponentially: auditing information technology. Coming back up to speed was really a ‘boot camp’ for the first three months, and in some ways, it still is. However, I’ve found support from co-workers and mentors and am excited to make an impact in this area.
How does Deloitte provide flexibility in your work?
The flexibility that Deloitte was able to offer me has been extremely valuable, as both a working mom and a military spouse. Deloitte has been really great at working with me to stay on local clients with minimal travel so that I can be with my family. I’ve been able to carve out blocks of time—evenings and weekends—while still being connected to my work and my team. It's easier now than it was 10 years ago for us to work remotely with advances in communications and technology. Sylvia’s journey at Deloitte has provided her with broad exposure to multiple industries. After leaving the corporate world in 2009 to start a family, she returned in 2015 through the Encore program, relaunching her career within Deloitte Advisory with a focus on auditing information technology.
Who or what motivates you? Raising a family and working is a balancing act. I give credit to a few things for being able to maintain both. First, my parents, who are the children of immigrants from China who fled the country during the Communist Revolution. They owned several small businesses while raising a family. They've worked very hard and have achieved much success from that. That instilled in me a strong work ethic, whether the pursuit is a career, hobby, or family. Second, being a Navy spouse has taught me to be flexible and to deal with uncertainty – a valuable skill in the auditing industry.
What makes Deloitte stand out as an employer?
You get tremendous exposure to the business world working for Deloitte. You learn many critical-thinking skills and are exposed to a variety of industries. I've worked on everything from commercial fruit growers to a major oil company.
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