Deloitte & Touche, one of the world’s leading professional services firm specializing in a wide range of services, announced last week that this year it will employ four interns as part of the Botswana International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) internship programme.
Charlotte Khan, Deloitte & Touche’s Human Resources Manager, pointed out that last year, they took in four interns and who they placed in the audit, accounting and consulting divisions. Three of four have since secured permanent positions.
Khan said having Annah Lesenda, in the audit division, and David Gaolefufa, in accounting, on the IFSC programme benefited them because they gained much exposure in this company.
“Both of these professionals came to us in January last year following my approach to IFSC. They both went through our selection process which includes a three hour psychometric assessment called Cognitive Process Profile (CPP) which is used by Deloitte & Touche worldwide,” she said.
Deloitte & Touche has a long history of engaging interns, including undergraduates from the University of Botswana (UB) and students from the Botswana Accountancy College (BAC) on secondment in their office.
“Our aim was to expose them at an early stage to the business environment and to make as assessment as to their suitability for later permanent employment with the firm,” Khan said.
She explained that the IFSC internship was quite different in the sense that two young graduates they took last year had tried many places for internship before coming to Deloitte & Touche.
“These students were very grateful for an opportunity to gain exposure in a business environment like Deloitte & Touche,” she said.
Khan said when hiring for an entry level job, they look for someone who stands out in that field. Hence internship experience is the most important factor to consider when hiring new university graduates for full time employment.
“An intern says to the employer that they are willing to work for little or no money in their desired career field. And as a result of this commitment, both Lesenda and Gaolefufa were offered permanent positions in August last year and they received full sponsorship from the firm to pursue accreditation with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and BAC.
A Senior Manager at Deloitte & Touche’s Management Consultants, Brian Watts, said the company has a very comprehensive E-Learning programme.
“After taking these graduate permanently, they go through various courses with the Harvard University,” he said.
He said E-Learning “is very excellent programme” because it offers graduates first offer opportunity. He urged other companies to take part in this programme saying they will be surprised at what these graduates can achieve in a short period of time.
“Internship with Deloitte &Touche gives these graduates with good coping skills because when they are outside Botswana doing some courses offered by the company they cope on their own. Graduates are always prepared to work hard and make up for lack of experience,” he said.
“I will like to take this opportunity to congratulate the IFSC for putting this programme in place. It is an extremely useful program and I would like to urge other companies to continue using it as it helps identify talented citizen graduates,” he added.
So far, 47 graduates have benefited from the IFSC internship programme. IFSC said it salutes companies which have taken part in the internship programme and it encourages others to follow.
IFSC said it applauds other companies which have taken part in the internship programme and offered interns employment. Those companies include BECI, Marketing Communications, Kingdom Bank and Hollard Insurance.
IFSC is hosting another Career Fair in September where interested graduates will be matched with the participating companies for possible internship.