Brooke Kilduff '11
Influenced by business school professors and curriculum, undergrad pursues a career outside of her major and lands her dream job
April 14, 2011
Brooke Kilduff ’11 has landed her dream job as Federal Analyst for the Strategy and Operations Practice at Deloitte Consulting in Washington, DC, after graduation.
“Although I’m studying finance and accounting, I have never had a strong interest in pursuing a career in either of those fields, but I have always felt like I had access to other career options through the Robins School of Business,” she said.
Her interest in consulting was initially sparked through a guest speaker in her MGMT 330 Organizational Behavior course. As a result, she structured her course schedule to include courses taught by professors with backgrounds in consulting.
“I prioritized taking courses in the business school taught by former consultants, specifically Dr. Jonathan Whitaker and Dr. Doug Bosse. Both in and out of the classroom, these professors have helped me better understand the opportunities in consulting and what the industry is all about.”
Outside of the classroom, Kilduff participated in a two-day externship with Deloitte this past December, where she analyzed a case study alongside a team of students. The team then presented their recommendations to Deloitte management. Her performance during the externship earned her “fast-track” status in Deloitte’s application process, according to Kilduff.
“I automatically qualified for the second round of interviews which were conducted on campus. During the second round of interviews, Deloitte practitioners meet with me for a 30-minute behavioral interview and a 30-minute case interview.”
In preparation for the interview, Kilduff practiced federal case interviews individually and with other University of Richmond students. Deloitte’s case interview was unlike any other experience she has had during her job search, and it required a significant amount of preparation and practice.
She credits the Robins School of Business with teaching her how to work well in a team setting and to articulate and defend her ideas.
“Through many business school group projects, I have learned how to collaborate with diverse people, with experiences, viewpoints, and ideas different from my own, and work towards a common goal together. I feel that the teamwork skills I developed through the business school will prove to be valuable,” Kilduff explained.
The Career Development Center was also instrumental in preparing Kilduff for the case interview.
“I practiced both behavioral and case interviews with CDC experts several times before my interview with Deloitte. I also asked the CDC to review my resume and cover letter before submitting it on SpiderConnect.”
As a Federal Analyst, Kilduff will be helping federal agencies improve efficiency and address strategic issues across the organization. She will have the opportunity to work on all stages of consulting engagement, from proposing new work to creating deliverables for the client.
“For me, part of the appeal of working in consulting is the wide range of projects and responsibilities that I will take on. I’m looking forward to improving my analytical and general business skills, meeting and working alongside Deloitte practitioners, and contributing to the solutions that my team delivers to our federal clients.”
For more information on the Career Development Center’s services, please visit their website.