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February 25, 2019
I was happy taking risks and now I love taking risks. That’s real progression.
By: Walid Abdallah

To those that might not know, a degree Apprenticeship offers all the benefits of going to university and acquiring a degree, a BSc (Hons), yet with the added advantage of three whole years of work experience at a top firm. I joined Accenture straight from 6th Form, studying Business Studies, Religious Studies and IT. There remains a funny story surrounding my A-level Results Day, but first I’ll explain why I decided to do an Apprenticeship.

I received decent grades at A-level, I enjoyed the learning, but I’ve never enjoyed the studying. For me and many others there is a distinction between the learning and studying, and I knew that if I had become a full-time student, I would have ended up paying for something I would ultimately begin to lose interest in. An Apprenticeship was the perfect route for me, because I knew what I wanted to do career-wise, plus, there was a thrill factor in taking up something that I had no experience in doing before.

Deal Breaker: It was the day before results day, at this point I didn’t know if I had satisfied the minimum UCAS points requirements to be eligible to join the Accenture Apprenticeship programme. You can only imagine what I might have been feeling at 5PM the evening before, and it was at this point I was contacted by someone from Accenture about opening my grades on national radio. I think it was safe to say, I had officially won the world record for the most mixed emotions caused by one phone call. Very excited, I said “yes” to the opportunity and one hour later I get another call. Another national radio wants my take on the Apprenticeship programme and A-level results day. Now imagine the prospect of two radio appearances in one day, it really did wonders for my self-esteem, a “face for radio” is exactly what I wanted all my life. All sarcasm aside, I was genuinely impressed with how I managed the stress on that day and to get the chance to promote the Accenture brand before I even joined the company was an even greater honour. I spoke to more than three million listeners that day, a memory I’m unlikely to forget.

One of the main things I like about working at Accenture, is the passion they have for the development of young people. For the past four years, I have worked tirelessly to help young people reach their fuller potential both mentally and professionally. In my 6th form cafeteria, a partner and I began working on a project called, WORTH OF MOUTH, to share and create inspiring content for young people aged 16-21. To this day, I have continued to maintain and develop the project; what was once a small bedroom starter is now a platform with international reach - being read and used by thousands of young people across 192 countries – and in the last year we have ran four sell-out events (with a total attendance of over 400+ people) with a few more planned before the end of the year. But, don’t take my word for it, here are links to the Worth of Mouth Website and Instagram profile so you can see for yourself. And, here’s is a picture of one of my past events:

As I always tell others, I know my ‘why?’ and the reason I get up in the morning – and it is to prove to the world that a person has no limits, especially a young person. As soon as I encountered the passionate people working at Accenture, I knew exactly where I wanted to spend the next three years of my career.

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