Why coming back to Accenture feels like coming home
September 15, 2021
Leah Summers recently returned to Accenture after an 18-month stint working client-side for an educational institution. Here’s her story about why she decided to return to consulting.
Sometimes, what you think you want and what you actually want aren’t the same thing. After uni, I joined the Accenture grad program and spent five years with the Health & Public Service team in Brisbane getting an incredible range of experience across a range of government organisations. I got great exposure to complex projects with a focus on providing change management services for business and technology transformations. It was a great way to start my career and I loved it.
But then, I started to wonder if there was something else out there for me. I’d worked at Accenture for five years, straight out of uni. It was the only professional role I knew and I questioned whether consulting was the right place for me long-term.
Taking a new step
And so that’s how I ended up taking an in-house role at a higher education institution with a focus on change management and stakeholder engagement.
But then, COVID-19 hit and my role shifted in focus. I was still focused on change management; upskilling staff in digital technologies for online learning and planning communications in response to the pandemic. But the programs I’d been hired to manage were put on hold and it didn’t feel like the same opportunities were there as the education sector faced the considerable challenges triggered by the pandemic.
Taking a backwards step to move forward
Earlier this year, a former Accenture colleague gave me a call. “We’re hiring, do you want to come back?”
It didn’t take me long to decide that the answer was yes. I did have a moment of wondering if it was a step backwards, but I quickly realised that I was excited by the opportunity to return to Accenture. I already knew all the things I loved about working at Accenture, so my overwhelming feeling was optimism.
Optimism for returning to structured, project-based work with clear outcomes and deliverables. Optimism for work across a variety of sectors. Optimism for the training opportunities and continuous learning that is part of being with a fast-paced, global organisation like Accenture that is at the forefront of so many innovations. I felt confident that it was the right choice.
7 reasons why I came back to Accenture and you should join too
If you’re looking for a career with interesting work across the globe that helps to create better customer experiences and workplace processes that are focused on people, the Talent & Organisation group at Accenture is the place for you. Reach out to discuss current opportunities.
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