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February 25, 2016
Chicago and Beyond
By: Amie Napper

If there is one thing you should be excited about when joining Accenture, it should definitely be the amazing locations they send you for your first few weeks training! My start group had the opportunity to go to St. Charles in Chicago for two weeks of training and it was such a great way to kick-off the start of my career. This is where you really get stuck into learning the skills needed to excel in your role.

Work hard, play hard…

Each day we had a class timetable and were split into two schools: Management and Technology. I was in the Management school and although they were long days to remain focused for, it really does equip you with some invaluable skills. This gives you a safe environment to practice what you have learnt and make mistakes to better your understanding and abilities before you start on your first project. From teamwork, to presenting, to roleplay client meetings and technical lessons – there isn’t a question left unanswered.

But it wasn’t all hard work! You’ve been warned… the unlimited, all-you-can-eat, delicious American-style buffets everyday prove hard to keep the extra pounds off, but irresistible at the same time. There were so many activities to do after lessons – running, tennis, football, softball and cycling were all on site. We took trips to the local outlet malls, out for dinner, networking events and most importantly the clubhouse bar with karaoke nights was always well represented, if not completely taken over by my start-group most nights. On top of this, we all hired limousines to take us into Chicago city at the weekend – such an amazing city with so much to see. It really is non-stop and so much fun with all your new colleagues!

The training experience Accenture offers has undoubtedly equipped me with some great and invaluable skills to get started in Accenture. Above all of that, this was where I made an amazing group of friends!

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