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May 10, 2016
One Month In
By: Greg Brown

I've started two or three different blogs, and have never managed to maintain them beyond three or four posts. This one will be different, I promise! How does one start a blog like this? With an introduction? Might as well, I suppose.

My name is Greg Brown. I'm a native of Traverse City, Michigan, which I doubt many of you will have heard of. It's a small town in northern lower Michigan, on the shores of West Grand Traverse Bay, which feeds into Lake Michigan. I was born and raised on the Old Mission Peninsula, just south of the 45th parallel, the halfway point between the Equator and the North Pole. I grew up playing ice hockey, as many northerners do, but gave it up around fifteen in favour of a road bike and cross country skis. I graduated early from high school to move out to Colorado to chase the dream of being a pro athlete, but issues with my knees forced me to accept reality and move on. I attended Michigan State University where I had the good fortune to study abroad in the UK and in Israel. I graduated with a BA in International Relations, a minor in Arabic, and specializations in Muslim Studies and Jewish Studies. After graduation I attended the G20 Youth Summit in Garmisch, and then immediately hopped onto a 2014 political campaign. I won't delve into details about the campaign, but I learned a lot from it, especially about myself and what I want out of life. And, that was not a life in American politics.

That decision was a pretty significant one for me, I had always thought I wanted to be involved in politics in some way, whether in the Department of States, or involved in policy formulating in some way. I didn't really know what to do, but some friends working for Accenture US strongly recommended I apply, so I applied to Accenture US, both Federal and Commercial, and then scrolled down a bit further and found the Accenture UK application. I applied to that one as well just for the sake of it, really not expecting anything.

Almost exactly a year later I had my first day with Accenture in the UK. And, that's enough about me.

We, my start group, just passed the one month point of our time with Accenture, and have already been here longer than 2.5% of the company, which is pretty wild. It's been a whirlwind of a month too. I immigrated to the UK on February 8th, started with Accenture on the 22nd, had two weeks of training here with our awesome faculty, Tom Roberts, Rachel Power, and Matt Brice, and then hopped onto a flight back to the Midwest for two weeks at the Q. The amount of information we've had thrown at us over the past month has been a bit like trying to drink water out of a fire hose. I'm not sure there's too much to say about training though, it's really just a long blur, especially the St. Charles bit. If this is something you guys (my devoted readers) want to hear more about, let me know and I’ll do a follow-up piece focusing on the training!

I guess what I really wanted to do with this post was to talk about my impressions of Accenture after one month. That's kind of a hard thing to articulate though, isn't it? How much will my perception of this first month change over the next couple of months, and then years?

I've been really impressed with how supportive and enthusiastic everyone has been toward our start group. Many people are genuinely interested in talking to us, learning about us, and finding out if they can help us in any way. It's quite overwhelming just how large this company is, both in a good way, and a bad way. At first it was quite intimidating, I didn't know who to go to for particular questions, and I didn't want to ruffle any feathers by asking the wrong person. I shouldn't have been so afraid to ruffle feathers, mostly because that never happened. If they weren't the right person, they were happy to point me in the right direction. I graduated from high school with someone who now works in the San Francisco office. That's insane. The reach of the company really sunk in, in a positive way, during our time in St. Charles as I made friends from every habitable continents, and learned from all of their perspectives.

Thoughts, questions, comments, and suggestions are all appreciated! I don’t really have a direction planned for this blog, so I’m happy to take it in any direction all of you want. Just leave some feedback, or else I’ll never know!

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