Hello! My name is Ami Shirley and this is my first post! I’ll tell you how I ended up at Accenture and keep you updated on what I’m up to over the next few months.
I studied for 4 years at Imperial College London for a 2:1 Master’s degree in Physics; something I’m very proud of. My Masters project was especially cool (to toot my own horn) – my lab partner and I designed a temperature control system that went in a satellite!
Towards the end of my degree, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I dismissed the idea of working in the City or for a Consultancy as I thought the corporate world was ruthless and heartless(!). I applied to several companies, including Teach First, but didn’t get offers from most. :(
Happily, Teach First offered me a place on their Leadership Development Programme to teach science! Describing the next two years as a rollercoaster would be an understatement; starting full-time teaching after 6 weeks of training was very intense. It’s easily the most challenging thing I’ve ever done (mentally, physically and emotionally), but was also hilarious, rewarding and amazing fun! I don’t regret it at all; I got to set things on fire and have some great stories – what’s not to like??
I applied for a Teach First Summer Project to try something different. It was a 3-week internship with Accenture, working on a project for a national retailer. Considering what I thought business was like, it was an eye-opener to see the amazing changes that can be achieved when people contribute their strengths. I was confused at first by so many acronyms and the fast pace, but things started to make sense once I attended some meetings, plus the team I worked with was really friendly and very helpful (everyone here is like this!!). In the end, I contributed process flows and client-facing documentation, and my line manager gave feedback to the Graduate Recruiters. Then, I was offered a job! Yay!
I went back to my school for a second year, and after some very emotional goodbyes, my partner and I uprooted to London. We found a swanky London flat (it’s “cosy”) and spent a few weeks visiting tourist attractions. Then, I officially started at Accenture in September 2016!
Since then, I’ve had two weeks of local training, with 40 other new Analysts (more about this later) and got my first role for a global pharmaceuticals company! My next post will talk more about this, to give any prospective joiners more of an insight.
Bye for now,