My first blog post!
I guess the first thing to do is introduce myself…
Hello, my name is Josy-Baroness (most people call me Josy); and I’m an analyst here at Accenture. I studied Law at the University of Nottingham and before joining the graduate consulting programme here, I did an internship at Accenture in the marketing department. I’ll write a separate blogpost about that experience.
Also before I go on, I feel it necessary to apologise in advance for using ‘Accenture terminology’ in my posts; it may be a little confusing but I will try my best to explain all the ones I do use so hopefully you won’t get lost.
Although I’m not new to Accenture (marketing internship), I’m pretty new to the consulting world. I joined the Analyst Consulting Group (ACG) on the 27th of April.
One question I’m always asked and you probably have is “was it easier going from Accenture’s marketing to Accenture consulting?”. The answer, in terms of process, is no. To get on to the ACG I had to go through the same process as an external candidate i.e. you – the application form, the telephone / video interview and the assessment centre. What I was grateful for was the knowledge I gained from that experience: before my time in the marketing department, I had little to no clue what consulting was all about, I didn’t really know much about technology. All I wanted was that much coveted marketing experience, improve my skills and learn how to manage a brand well. After a year at Accenture, I gained all three and more as I really understood what the firm was all about and that was the main reason I joined the ACG; to grow within Accenture and to actively be a part of what the business does to help its clients.
Starting in the ACG was quite scary and although you kind of know what to expect, we all know reality can be a very different thing and no one wants to go into a role feeling inadequate! So it was a huge relief to spend my first 3 weeks training; one week in London, and two weeks in Bangalore. In London, I met all the people in my ‘start group’; your start group being the people who start the ACG at the same time as you; and in Bangalore I trained alongside analysts from Accenture offices all over the world. It’s great way to start and meeting so many people means you already have a network to fall back on whenever you need help or an extra hand. Plus my start group, and the team I was in in Bangalore (Section 2 team 2) just so happened to be amazing, so that helps :) !
So what can I say about training…
Training in London was focused on orientation and core skills whilst training in Bangalore was tailored to me as a Technology analyst. I learned all about the way we work as a firm, what I can expect to be doing on a day to day basis, project lifecycles and many more. My favourite part of training was working and learning from such amazing people from all over the globe. A great reminder of how truly global Accenture is.
I also recently finished Digital training – training specifically for analysts on our Digital growth platform. That was also a brilliant experience as we got an in depth look into what Accenture is doing in the Digital space most especially Analytics, Mobility and Interactive; as well as discussing how and where digital is going in the next few years. If you want to know more about Accenture Digital, here’s a good place to start.
And that’s it for my training. I start on a project on Monday so time to use all I’ve learnt. I’ll let you know how it goes *fingers crossed*.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask below.
Till next time x