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D says they do but I feel like availability trumps preference :/

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Literally nothing. I expressed interest a year and a half ago and haven’t gotten what what I wanted for my growth and career development. It seems like business priority comes first which I understand to an extent. You wouldn’t want to hire a bunch of audit professionals and then they all beg for a transfer to advisory

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Hell no. I got put in compliance

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Lol based on availability more than skill set imo

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If you’re good at what you do and express your reasonable desires, it will happenn

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Big fat zilch. In fact, the one time I had two possible projects where one fit my career goals and the other didn't, when I had a convo with the Partner to tell him it was unaligned, he booked me anyways and raised it as a negative at my year end reviews that I dared to have an opinion.

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Nothing at all

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I always had my preferences honored and felt very supported. Just talked to my PML about my requests. My requests were reasonable, though. We have an initiative called Just Ask! and it always worked for me!

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I’ve only been staffed in my industry of choice. Build a strong network of people to pull you on to projects and it’ll never be a problem.

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No, I’m an Asian American man. Deloitte provides so, so many opportunities to develop your network - I just picked 2 (my industry / OP group and firm-wide industry group) and started joining their monthly calls, then reached out to a few people afterwards to ask about their work and share my relevant experience. It helps me get to know key people in the practice and what opportunities they have, and also gets my name out there. Also as D3 says - you have to be firm about saying no. I engaged my RM for my current role, but also made it clear to them that I was also looking on my own and waiting for something specific. You can take a few weeks on the bench every year and still hit utilization targets, so be patient and wait for the right project.

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You can’t expect the firm to do any more than put you on a billable project. Own your own career and network your way onto what you want.

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As someone brand new - my EM asked me what skills I wanted to highlight. I did get put on a project quickly already but it’s so far a good match for me personally bc it’s exposure to an industry I never worked in plus I get to learn a new tool for it (while still being in the analytics space), which was the whole point of my desire to be in Big4 to begin with.

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Availability and if do well with some superiors will get staffed on their engagements.

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Nope, not at all. Network and hope for the best.

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Nothing. You have to reach out and speak up for yourself. Even then it’s always big client’s need > your preference

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Nothing

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EY has the DSG program for staff. Gets them all areas and then they declare when up for promotion to senior

On day 1 it's purely a matter of need and availability unless you happen to have prior relationships (e.g. from internship) and reconnected prior to start date so they could align you to their work right away (I did this, haven't looked back). Once you're in, ask around and network. Theres very little appetite generally to roll you off of something early just to try a different experience. But if you've done a good job networking and expressing interest, you can basically find your next engagement and not have to deal with the lottery again. If you're good at what you do, you'll get onto things you want (assuming you don't get f'd with your first project being too long). EY also has our financial services office, so I can't speak to our core consulting but if financial services is your thing, you get hired into that business unit and it guarantees you will only do financial services work.

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