January 10, 2020
Enabling the next generation of technologists
By: Sachin Patel

I act as an interface between the company and a university for some of our apprentices. This involves keeping an eye on their progress, having catch-up sessions with the university teachers, driving support for the schemes, making sure that the apprentices are getting what they need from an Accenture perspective, but also that the universities are helping them along in terms of their course. I believe apprenticeships are massively valuable for our organisation - we have so much experience and knowledge here so, if we can help bring young people through who are willing and capable, that’s fantastic. It shouldn’t be a question of ‘where they are from’? It should be the question of ‘can they do it’? It’s really rewarding to be able to have a role in helping the growth of somebody else within the company and sharing your knowledge and experience is fundamental – no matter how senior you are.

I joined as a graduate, starting-out as a developer and eventually I moved towards project management, so I fully understand the importance of an enabling culture and having the right support and the right people around you. I’ve always had a keen interest in technology - this means I understand what teams are doing from a technical point of view so I’m able to help support them as well as help shape any technical decisions that might need to be taken.

I’m now a Technology Delivery Lead Manager, currently working as a Solution Architect on a government-based migration project where we’re moving a legacy system on to a new platform. Effectively I’m looking at the processes and understanding how we can then transform these and apply them in the new platform whilst addressing any business concerns and needs, as well as the needs of the technology. And importantly, I’m ensuring we are within budget, within timeframe and the solution is delivered.

I think an open mind and willingness to keep-on learning is essential here. Technology is ever-evolving and ever-changing and, you need to evolve with it. There is always something new out there and innovative ways to solve a problem. Coupled with that is the variety of project work - I think that keeps you interested and keeps you challenged because you get different problems to solve and diverse environments to solve them within.

I would say that I’ve continued to evolve my technical experience and breadth of knowledge which has helped me move into the architecture space and that’s kept my career interesting, but the best thing for me (and it’s probably a bit of a cliché) is definitely the people. You get to meet and work with so many different teams on each project and enjoy exposure to different skillsets which enables you to learn new things and experience different perspectives. But also, once a project is over you continue those relationships, so you always have those connections throughout your career – it’s like being part of trusted family. Obviously, the work is great too and there’s plenty of training to help support your development and growth. But ultimately, it comes down to the team and the enjoyment you get from working with the people around you.

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