Hello everyone, my name is Jake. I have been with Accenture for 2 and a half years as a technology apprentice. Before this, I studied Geography, English Literature and Media Studies at sixth-form., however technology was something I always had a passion for. Not only did I always want the latest technology, I also had a fascination for how it worked, and what I could achieve by utilising this it. This is exactly what Accenture are looking for in apprentices – passion and interest in technology.
When it came to my final year in sixth-form, I wasn’t sure whether I really wanted to go to university, but I also wasn’t sure about other opportunities out there either. In the end, I went to university to study Digital Media Design, but after 1 year I knew it wasn’t for me, so I left. The course complimented my love of technology, but I wanted to work and begin my career! That’s where the Accenture apprenticeship programme came in, I was presented with the opportunity to still study for a degree, but also start my career with one of the world’s largest IT consultancy firms. All of this, plus I get paid and don’t have to pay student finances or tuition fees – pretty good, right?
When it came to applying, I first submitted my CV online. I spent hours going over my CV making sure that there were no spelling mistakes, that it was ordered correctly, and that it all fitted on one page. Luckily, my attention to detail paid off & I got an interview.
Making my way into London that day was filled with a mixture of both nerves and excitement, and I knew at that moment I had made the correct decision, to start my career early. The first interview was a one-to-one where we discussed technology, my time at university and sixth-form and why I decided to go the apprentice route. I was very nervous and kept stumbling over my words, but my passion for technology stood out and I was invited back for the assessment centre. The assessment centre consisted of another one-to-one interview and a group exercise. In the group exercise, 4 of us were given a brief which consisted of a school who were looking to re-develop a website. Over the course of 30 minutes, I was able to demonstrate my decisiveness & ability to lead, which really helped me stand out to the observers. The one-to-one interview went very well, where we further discussed my passion for technology and my reasons for wanting to work for Accenture. A few weeks later I received a call with the job offer!
In my next blog post, I will talk about my Accenture induction, and the different projects I have worked on.