May 16, 2016
How a grad learns great skills on the job
By: Renee Cuda

I discovered Accenture at my university grad fair and didn’t know a huge amount about the company before joining as a graduate in 2015.

I’d studied a Bachelor of Information Technology, majoring in Web Design and Development, and I wanted to work as a technology consultant in the digital space. I saw that Accenture specialises in delivering cutting edge, innovative projects. I wanted to be a part of that.

What really sets Accenture apart from other grad programs is that you have the support of the grad network but you’re actually not treated as a ‘grad’. There is no time period stated on the contract and you have the opportunity to take on project roles also offered to non-grad starters. I was also sent to core analyst school in Chicago for two weeks, which was an amazing experience.

Since joining Accenture, I have worked in a number of roles from Business Analyst, to Front End Developer and UX Designer. The variety of work project-to-project is great as I get to build a wide range of skills and have learnt to effectively communicate with teams across the entire product development life cycle.

These days I work as a Digital Business Analyst, and am currently delivering a customer portal for a client in the resources management industry. On a day-to-day basis, I facilitate meetings with the client to gather and analyse requirements, then communicate these requirements to the offshore build teams. I also get the opportunity to work with the UX team and recommend improvements to UI designs, which is something I particularly love about my role.

It’s incredible how much trust Accenture has given me as a new starter. I am being given the opportunity to work on pieces to help sell work and even present my ideas to the client in Request for Proposals presentations. I helped sell the piece of work I am currently working on and that is something I am proud to have achieved in my first year. I have also had the opportunity to work with a number of big international clients, which was not something I expected to be doing in my first year.

The great thing is that you learn the skills you need on the job. As long as you are proactive about your development and are keen to learn there is plenty of training out there to help you upskill for a new role.

Working here is like being on a rewarding rollercoaster. It is an extremely fast paced, forever changing environment. There are many different projects going on with the opportunity to work on some really innovative things. And there’s this incredible network of people you get exposed to. There is so much diverse talent at Accenture so I can reach out to people both at a national and international scale to ask questions and get help for what I am currently working on.

I’ve developed so many skills in such a short period of time. Twelve months ago, I did not see myself independently facilitating meetings with big clients or learning so many different technologies such as SharePoint, Hybris and Liferay. Now I’m doing that and more.

Accenture is kind of like the “magic” in the background that no one knows is there.

For me the most rewarding part of the job is looking back at a final project and being able to say, ‘wow I was actually a part of that’. For a product that will reach audiences at a national or even global scale that is something that is rewarding to be a part of.

Day to day the office is a fun place to be. We have an open plan office, pool and football tables and even a barista. The culture is interesting, in a great way. There is a mix of people wearing everything from business suits to jeans and converses. The only typical thing I’d say about my colleagues is that we all share the ability to problem solve and think outside the box.

When I’m not working, I spend the majority of my weekends exploring Sydney, going to the beach or traveling to visit friends and family. I am also completing an after hours UX course to upskill in an area that interests me.

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