Three Accenture graduates tell us the skills they think are most important to succeed at Accenture.
Bradley Kim, Business & Technology Delivery Associate
Be able to prioritise your work well
When you join Accenture you will be given lots of different jobs so make sure you organise your tasks well. You can learn a lot of this from Uni with assignments and exams. It's important to prioritise by writing down deadlines, review what you have to finish first, decide what's the most important thing for you to do now and try and manage your time well. Different meetings will pop up at random times and things will have to move around – so prepare for that.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
This isn’t technology specific or Accenture specific but a lot of grads worry about not knowing anything when they join the workforce. A lot of people are pretty afraid to ask questions because they think they’ll be judged or seen as dumb. Accenture is a friendly environment and it’s easy to talk to people at a higher level. It may seem like you’re asking a silly question but they are not going to judge you. As long as you are willing to learn and when you ask questions remember it and learn it - but don’t be afraid to ask.
Remember people’s names
Try to remember people by their names. In Accenture you move around projects all the time and it leaves a good impression of you if you remember the people you meet. It can be trained. There’s no such thing as “I’m bad with names”. I used to work at an airport and I tried to remember the name and face of everyone I was checking in. It was a little game for me and training but it proved useful.
Lara Beattie, Project Management Associate
Everyone here is incredibly friendly and any advice you are seeking – reach out to anyone at Accenture and they will be more than happy to help you. There is a strong focus on utilizing the one network.
Seize all opportunities
Even if the first project you get put on is not exactly what you want to be doing, take the opportunity to develop new skills and gain experience – this will only contribute further to your CV/resume. There is also so many different clients, areas and projects available that you can work on.
Have a genuine interest
You don’t have to be from a specific degree or have a particular skill set but you do need to be passionate about what you’re applying for and this will ensure that every day excites you and you are willing to deliver to the best of your ability.
Adel Bakhtiyari, Business & Technology Delivery Analyst
Network and communicate
When you join Accenture nobody knows you and unless you talk to people they won’t know where you’re coming from and what you can do. So in terms of being successful in a big firm like Accenture you need to talk to people. Communication skills are very important both within your team and on client site. Attend some social events, grad events or send a few people a note and introduce yourself. It can help open doors to different roles, projects and opportunities and will help with progressing your career.
Be agile and active
Accenture is a very live organisation and things are always changing. So you have to learn to be agile and active and go with the flow when you join. Appreciate that you made it through the application process and got a job at Accenture and nobody is expecting you to know everything straight away. Don’t be overwhelmed if you don’t understand it all. Everybody will give you the chance to learn. It’s all about growth and how you grow in your role. You have a career counsellor, a supervisor and everybody is there to help you with your progress. Take one step at a time and you will make it through – just be prepared to be agile.
Be confident and ask questions
Make sure you understand the processes and if you don’t – ask questions. So that means, understand the structure of the organisation, understand the client that you’ve been allocated to and pay attention to detail when you’re shown something. I understand that it can be daunting for students when they first enter the workforce to approach MDs or senior managers – but confidence is a skill that can be learned. You can work on building your confidence and presentation skills throughout your degree. There are a lot of online tutorials and reading you can do to improve your self-image, your ability to express yourself, emotional intelligence and build your confidence.