My name is Philip and I am a digital consulting Analyst at Accenture UK who joined in January 2018. This is my first blog post, so I’ll start by telling you a bit more about myself, as well as the journey that led me to Accenture.
What you need to know about me
I am a 27-year-old Austrian citizen, I am married, and I love any kind of sports – football is my absolute favourite. I moved to the UK almost 2 years ago, to pursue graduate studies and start my career in Consulting.
I finished my MSc in E-Business and Innovation at Lancaster University Management School in December 2017, and soon after graduation I joined Accenture’s graduate programme.
Before my MSc, I finished my undergraduate degree in Business Administration at Vienna University of Economics and Business, with Summer programmes at London School of Economics, and the Tsinghua University in Beijing. While I had a great time at Uni, I have always followed my professional interests alongside education. During and between my studies, I have worked in banking and finance as well as the telecommunications industry, the latter eventually triggering my interest in ICT and digitalisation. Having a business background with a focus on international business and finance, paired with initial work experience in project management, I knew I had to gain additional skills and knowledge in the fields of IT, digital, and innovation, three areas I consider crucial in our fast-paced world. As I trust in the importance of post-graduate studies and higher education, the next logical step for me was to leverage my interest in education, as well as in the interlink of business and IT.
This, in fact, is where Accenture came into play…
Why I decided to join Accenture
Having found a master’s programme that offered me top-class education combining business and IT curricula, even before the start of my MSc I began to look out for potential employers in consulting, with a focus on digital, innovation and strategy. As biased as it may sound, Accenture was the first company that came to my mind as it is a highly competitive digital and technology consulting firm, that also offers a clear focus on innovation. I did also check out several other graduate consulting schemes to make an informed decision, but I eventually decided to start my career at Accenture for three main reasons. Firstly, Accenture is amongst the top global consulting firms, with a dominance in digital and technology consulting. Also, as I mentioned, the firm’s focus on innovation was a decisive factor (I was especially interested in the ‘Accenture Innovation Architecture’ – Accenture’s Innovation framework). Lastly, Accenture’s community-minded working culture and focus on equality (not only) in the work environment made me feel that it was the right fit for me. I was confident that all the above would enable me to grow in various areas of interests, develop my strengths, and start a successful career in consulting.
Long story short: here I am!