2017-03-15

City Year Philadelphia alumnus (’06, ’07) and Deloitte employee Tom Reynolds knows that navigating your career path after a year of service can be complex, maybe even daunting. He remembers all too well his own journey after City Year, and the many personal and professional mentors he had along the way that helped him get to his current position of Specialist Senior in Deloitte’s Leadership Practice where he helps organizations achieve their goals by identifying and developing successful leaders at all levels.

“Through college, graduate school, my City Year service years and beyond, I was able to seek the guidance of many who helped me explore my career path,” Reynolds shared with City Year Boston AmeriCorps members at a recent networking event in February. “If you don’t know exactly where you’re headed, just take things step-by-step and keep asking questions -- someone will pull you along and give you the advice you need.”

City Year 18 Minute Networking Deloitte Boston

The event, called 18 Minute Networking, is a networking event sponsored by Deloitte and held across the country at all 28 City Year sites. The annual event provides a unique opportunity for City Year AmeriCorps members to network and understand from professionals the skills that are needed to advance into a steady and fulfilling career. 

During this year's February event in Boston, over 250 City Year Boston AmeriCorps members gathered to participate in roundtable discussions with facilitators, where conversations ranged from work-life balance, finding your career passion and what day-to-day job duties are like. As City Year’s National Strategy and Innovation Sponsor, Deloitte invests in the next generation of leaders through programs like the 18-Minute Networking event, along with other employee mentoring and leadership development programs.

City Year 18 Minute Networking Deloitte Boston

As an employer, Deloitte has hired City Year alumni, demonstrating that the company values the experiences that City Year AmeriCorps members develop over the course of their service year. Tom is one example of this particular career pathway offered to City Year AmeriCorps members, and during his remarks at the 18-Minute Networking event, he shared how his City Year experience helped prepare him for his career at Deloitte.

 ”The key to leadership is understanding how to meet people where they are and maximizing their potential,” says Reynolds. “City Year taught me that everyone offers something different and something valuable.”  

“If you’re willing to seek out support and follow your bliss, you’ll find the right path,” Reynolds adds. “Many people avoid networking and professional relationship building because they are afraid of being rejected. My biggest advice would be don’t be afraid of failing. Find the mentor that cares about your success. That’s really worth putting yourself out there.”

City Year 18 Minute Networking Deloitte Boston

Reflecting on the teachers, supervisors, colleagues and fellow City Year alumni who had an impact on him, Tom says that he was grateful to have the opportunity to pay it forward. As a mentor now to two City Year Boston AmeriCorps members, Tom has shown that he cares about their success.

"Having Tom as a mentor has boosted my confidence in entering the job market in search of my next step after City Year," said Mariah, one of Tom's mentees. "He ensures I am prepared for the future and connects me with people to enhance my networking skills and learn about all the different fields I could be interested in pursuing."

“Relationships are really important at both Deloitte and City Year,” says Reynolds. “Both are really innovative in valuing connections and the positive impact they can have. Through mentoring, we learn from one another and have important discussions on life, values and career.”

With Deloitte’s support, City Year is able to support City Year AmeriCorps members as they consider the best next step for their futures and gain skills through their year of service that will make them better employees and community members. Collaborations like the one City Year enjoys with Deloitte help the next generation of young leaders continue to make a positive impact beyond their year of service.

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City Year is dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members serve full-time in high-need schools, providing high-impact student, classroom and school-wide support to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for college and career success.

A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network, City Year is made possible by support from the Corporation for National and Community Service, school district partnerships, and private philanthropy from corporations, foundations and individuals.

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