I am still catching up on my sleep after a whirlwind few days at the National Society for Black Engineers National Convention
here in Pittsburgh, PA. This was my first time attending a national conference and what an exciting, draining and rejuvenating experience. The Accenture team of 15+ employees assembled on Wednesday for our logistics meeting, run through of our new iPad technology, and of course the opportunity to meet each other in person and learn about our experiences and stories.
Thursday started bright and early with a breakfast meeting and then prepping the career fair booth in the convention center. At precisely 10am, the doors opened and the students and advisors started flooding in. We stayed very busy answering questions about consulting, how engineers fit into a non-traditional path like consulting, examples of the work we do, and types of clients. In the afternoon, I conducted a handful of interviews and then back up to the career fair booth to round out the day.
Later Thursday evening, we hosted a networking session which was probably my favorite part of the week. A more social and intimate event, I had the opportunity to spend more individual time speaking to students in more detail about Accenture, sharing my project experience, and answering some meaty questions about Accenture, work-life balance and our commitment to our communities
. At 10:30pm, I finally called it a night and came home, voice tired, for a brief few hours of sleep.
Friday was a similar structure with career fair and interviews, with one twist. In the morning, high school interest groups came through the career fair with their advisors to understand what types of careers exist for students interested in math, science and engineering. It was wonderful to see all of the interest in technology – hoping some of them will turn into Accenture hires in a few years!
A number of students told me how impressed they were with the Accenture team and the honest perspective everyone shared during the event. Students said it was clear to them that the people at Accenture were one of our best assets!
To sum it up – regardless of the long hours and exhausting my voice, I loved every minute of the conference. If you are a student, I recommend you make every effort to attend a national conference like this (SHPE
, etc). It was an amazing opportunity for Accenture to meet some really great individuals and for students to understand the options out there for people with technical, analytical backgrounds to apply their skills outside of a traditional engineering path.