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March 30, 2018
Helping Accenture realise its potential
By: Surya Mukherjee

"The phrase ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’ springs to mind – such is what you can do and achieve.”

‘Research is not a back-office activity.’ That was the first line I read in my job description prior to coming in for an interview. It immediately caught my eye but the reality has exceeded all expectations.

I’ve always been fascinated by technology – I’m a bit of a geek really – and the Head of the Technology practice is one of my key clients. I act as an independent advisor, providing the information and data that enable strategic planning decisions. There are no ready-made answers, each project is different and you have to get to the root of each challenge. AI… Blockchain… you name it – Accenture has huge potential as a Leader in the NEW. It’s our job to help predict these markets, tactically and globally, to take an independent and distinctive viewpoint, and to provide data-backed evidence. We do that through both primary and secondary research, combined with access to almost every database on the planet. Overall, we drive original insights, like the path breaking work we are doing with Exponential IT for Accenture’s clients.

Technology Research is a very collaborative part of the business. I’ve had great support from my manager – the kind of support that boosts your creativity and confidence and takes you a long way. When I think of what it means to work at Accenture, the phrase ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’ springs to mind – it really is like that in what you do and what you can achieve. Accenture is a very entrepreneurial place; I thought I might be a small cog in a very large machine, so I’ve been surprised at the freedom I’ve had to come up with new ideas.

My work-life balance is great, too. I have a four-year-old son and we’re relatively new to the UK, but everyone has been so accommodating. I never have to work weekends and always find time to spend with my son, who’s seriously into train journeys, and I also enjoy table tennis. One of our offices has its own table!

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