When I joined Accenture as a Technology graduate 10 years ago, I always knew that this journey was going to be an amazing roller coaster ride, which will have its own share of excitement, happiness and tough times. It was my dream company and nothing could have been better to begin my Corporate career with my first choice.
I can laugh about it now but, at the end of first year itself, I had my first setback when I was rated “below” in the performance assessments. The lowest rating you can get. I was completely shattered but thankfully it had nothing to do with my work quality. Back in those days, performances were rated on a Bell Curve and as I had joined the project late, I was scored low for chargeability. However, this led me to think should I leave Accenture or if the corporate world is the right career choice for me.
So I toughened up and realised that I am at the right place and this was merely my first real lesson in early resilience. I am the one who needs to know how I can progress and self-drive my career in the right direction. This learning has stood to me for the next 10 years.
Triumph and new beginnings
From then on, things really changed. In the next two years I got the top rating, two back-to-back promotions, and several awards - including one for excellence.
I started as a Junior Software Engineer and now I am Digital Data Engineering Manager with Accenture working on varied and interesting analytics projects. I have been part of projects ranging from digital product delivery, data strategy, business consulting, visual and data analytics and much more. I wish to continue this exploration further to all upcoming areas like artificial intelligence, blockchain etc.
Rugby Australia experience
Talking about the different clients I have worked with, one of the most interesting projects was for Rugby Australia. It was my first sports analytics experience. We helped the players, coaches and sports scientists behind the Wallabies gain deeper insight into their team’s health, performance and training; using data visualization. Visualization was a way for them to easily interpret and learn more about the players, so they could get the best talent in their teams, including now for the Wallabies, Wallaroos and Men’s and Women’s Sevens teams.
And now that work is going so well, and working on exciting projects such as this – I often think back to that temporary setback and how glad I am that I didn’t let it define my future.
Here are my 5 tips for building resilience at work.