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December 15, 2014
Why you don’t need to be a Techie to be a Technology Consultant
By: Jennifer Catlow
You may have noticed that on the Accenture Graduate Careers website there’s a caveat which states “within our Analyst Consulting Group (ACG), you will be aligned with either technology or management consulting from the outset”. 
To some less technical applicants this stipulation may sound a little bit ominous – however fear not!  If you’re committed to the idea of being a consultant this should nothing to be concerned about, and as a former History and English graduate now working within the Technology consulting practice I’m very well placed to tell you why!
The reasons behind why you will find yourself either in Tech or MC (Management Consulting) at the beginning of your Accenture career are completely at the discretion of the Recruitment team. 
The majority of successful applicants to Accenture will be aligned to Technology because Technology forms the biggest part of our consulting business, and this is usually where there is the biggest demand for new analysts comes from.  In my start group the split was about 60/40. 
The decision of where you will sit is made during the selection process based on your skills and background.  From asking around the MC Analysts in my start group I found that quite a few of them had done Business and/or Management as part of their degrees.  But mostly the selection process has no obvious pattern.  You’ll find that both groups are incredibly diverse in the types of people selected and the previous experience they’ve had, and there’s no need to worry about being out of your depth - on the whole most Technology Analysts I’ve met would not consider themselves ‘Techies’.
Technology consulting refers to the type of work sold to clients, not necessarily the activities that need to be undertaken on projects.  You will not be expected to know anything about computer infrastructure or how to code in JavaScript – we have our Solutions workforce to provide expertise on that.  You’ll be helping to transform the way a client operates using Technology as a tool.  For example this could be deploying a new piece of software in a retail business to help them improve their supply chain, increasing profitability by ensuring that stores are stocked responsively.
In fact for the most part the types roles you will do as a Technology consultant or an MC will probably be very similar just on different type of projects – for example PMO role (see my earlier blog post here) are found across the board.  Also within Accenture these labels can be much more fluid then they appear at first.  I know a Technology Analyst who has moved to Accenture Strategy and MCs that have been placed on Technology projects as their first role – nothing is set in stone.  But if you are still desperate to move into an MC role once you’ve joined, this is technically possible.
Accenture is a Technology Consultancy, so whether you are aligned to MC or Technology Consultancy, you will be performing non-technical work centred around technology.  However being aligned to Technology gives someone from a non-Technical background the incredible opportunity to develop a whole raft of new, very employable skills that are only going to become more desired as Technology becomes of increasing importance to businesses.
You only have to look at Accenture Digital to see some of innovative and exciting projects which are transforming our clients today.  Social media, mobile applications, wearable technology, predictive analytics: these are all examples of ‘Technology’ and are areas in which Accenture Digital offers its services.
If the thought of working in Tech is still completely appalling to you I’ve got a bit of bad news – working at Accenture is not the job for you!  But for everyone else, remember to ignore those fears and just get ready to get stuck in.

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