Before joining, people often told me “no day is the same” at Accenture and that was one of the reasons I joined. However a year in I am so glad that statement is not entirely true. I mean sure, you have different projects in different teams with different work but once you get to a new project, it does settle down, and you do work related to one central concept or project for at least a month.
It is true that you won’t be doing the same job on every project. Each project is different, and therefore the experience you get is different too. However, this doesn’t mean you are trying to do a grasp a new task every single day.
A day in any project would usually revolve around a few things; catching up on emails | morning status updates (usually over coffee) | meetings with clients to get their opinions - find out gaps etc | documentation (ppt or word documents usual) | team meetings with off-shore people | some sort of new system interaction.
The work usually excludes the time you spend doing edits, diagrams, research, learning, presentations and on any other co-curricular tasks you take on as a grad. Those jobs can include organising events, bid work & client dinners.
You are not going to be doing everything you know, and due to that, I believe having good communication skills and being flexible are crucial for you to work as an analyst. Strong communication skills (verbal and written) are necessary with our clients and other vendors on client site. When people like you and respect the work that you do, it makes things run much smoother for yourself and clients because you can create a mutual understanding in the team. The other one is flexibility. Some parts of my role are unlike anything I have ever done before (or expected to be doing), but having the right attitude, being willing to learn and help out is really appreciated among the team. Even if it’s not your ‘cup of tea’ giving it a try and asking for help as you go becomes second nature.
As an analyst, I use the following software on a daily basis and would recommend brushing up on these:
Excel – I’ve lost count of the number of times I have used Macros, VLook-Ups, Pivot tables, randomly long formulas and graphs. Excel is very helpful, and you use it a lot even for small things, and if you know it well, you will save yourself hours of work. Cheat-sheets or shortcuts are helpful, they save you time and energy or… just google it.
PowerPoints – whether it is a client presentation or a small team briefing we are known for creating great presentations and knowing how to create a professional looking PowerPoint deck will help a lot.
Visio – Pictures speak a thousand words if we have a presentation more than likely there is going to be at least one diagram, they go hand in hand, whether its Work-flow diagrams or just a hierarchy chart. Diagrams make your presentations look more professional and cleaner so having Visio skills makes your life easier in word or ppts.
There will always be a software or system you don’t know or have never heard of. You just have to learn how to use these on the job and hopefully you’lll enjoy the experience. For me it was SAP S/4 HANA. I had never used the system in my life but I got familiar with it by helping out as a tester for a few weeks.
Every project is different yet some things listed above, you take to any project to do and the rest you learn as you go with an amazing support system in place to help you learn what you don’t know.
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