Artificial intelligence is definitely our future.
This became apparent to me during the ANZ Technology Associate Academy which was a 10-day classroom based training course as part of the Accenture Grad program.
During his memorable presentation on AI, Managing Director, Brad Ryan showed us an entertaining video from the DARPA Robotics Challenge where several robots failed to simply walk in a straight line. However, within a short two years, it was remarkable to witness how Boston Dynamics has taught their Spot Mini robot how to open doors!
Brad’s presentation really resonated with me and highlighted how fast AI is advancing. We also learned about the advancements in Augmented Reality, Design Thinking and DevOps with presentations by various faculty guest speakers.
But the 10 day course wasn’t all about tech. We learned about the importance of succeeding both professionally and personally and one presentation I really enjoyed was the “Truly Human” session presented by Zaneta. Our mind, body, soul and heart must be in a healthy state to build a sustainable work environment. I believe this is a very powerful and important message that needs to be translated across every individual. One interesting thing I learned during this presentation was that we should avoid multitasking as it deters individuals from focusing on a key task which ultimately impacts their productivity levels.
Regarding the theoretical aspects, we were able to gain a thorough understanding of the key phases within the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) through the use of the Rising Star Case Study. This enabled us to recognize the various dependencies and touch points that relates to project work. Although, it isn't my favourite topic, both Angela and Ravi made a good effort to break the information up by incorporating KAHOOT to keep us engaged.
My two highlights during these 10 days include:1. Team bonding during the scavenger hunt
2. Glamping at Cockatoo Island
In a short amount of time, the ANZ Associate Academy School was definitely an enjoyable experience that has not only enabled me to gain a better understanding of what Accenture is all about but also the ability to build a collaborative network and bond with my fellow graduates. The course layout was definitely a good combination of both interactive and informative activities. It allowed me to gain confidence and most importantly feel welcomed by everyone.