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October 24, 2019
My first few months as an Accenture grad
By: Jordan Paine

Fresh from our graduate Technology Associate Academy, Jordan shares what he’s learnt in an eye-opening first seven months as a Business Analyst.

In the run up to completing a Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Science at UTS, I applied for a grad role at Accenture. After an online interview I was invited to an assessment bootcamp. It was cool working full-time hours on a project with a manager. I felt like we were actually working for Accenture. It was really informative and gave me a good feel for the people and what makes the organisation tick.

My graduation ceremony

My graduation ceremony

The next week my acceptance letter arrived!

When it came around to starting my role, after a few days of orientation, I was then parachuted into a software engineering role on a project automating some processes for a client. As a non-techie, I felt a little out of my depth and had to upskill quickly! With help from my team, I rapidly became a certified practitioner in AWS cloud and learnt some coding languages. One of the best things about consulting is that you get to learn so many new skills; and I saw my work save the client a lot of time.

As a new grad in Accenture Technology, I attended the Technology Associate Academy 10-day course in Melbourne. They fly you down and you all stay in the same hotel. It’s really fun.

The Associate Academy team out to dinner

The Associate Academy team out to dinner

People came in from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Up until then, the grad cohort hadn’t had a chance to get know each other very well. It was fun to spend time with my peers hanging out, having fun and making memories.

The Academy itself is very collaborative. We broke off into teams and worked on mini-projects, simulating many of the situations we’d already come across on client sites. But this time, we could ask advice from leaders in the room. After months of learning on the job, it was great to come into a safe place where you could articulate problems and ask experts.

The Graduate Academy team

The Graduate Academy team

It was great to see the leadership willing to be a part of a graduate program and investing their time in us. They really looked after us. I didn’t expect to have such a great time while learning. The team trip to a winery was a definite highlight!

I was really impressed with the presentation from the head of the Liquid Studio, Harshu Deshpande. Their VR project with Cricket Australia is incredible – I didn’t even know that could be a job! It shattered the stereotype of a technical role being data entry and coding 24/7.

I left the Academy with new friends, an Agile certification and a much better idea of what’s available career-wise at Accenture and the direction I might want to take. I’d arrived thinking I definitely wanted to go into project management, but now I’m wondering about joining the sales team.

Right now, I’m back on the bench waiting to see where I land and what I can learn next. My plan is to give whatever it is a real red-hot crack!

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