“Accenture recognises that it has a broader role in society beyond capital gains.”
Accenture opens doors, but to make the most of the opportunity you have to prepare to be stretched, challenge yourself, innovate and try new things. I was at an accountancy firm before and joining Accenture has definitely been a step up. The amount I’ve learnt is incredible and I’ve developed massively. As well as being exposed to a wide range of industries, training on new methodologies such as Design Thinking has added new strings to my bow. It’s also great to witness first-hand how tech is changing the world.
The team I work in runs primary research projects, which are aligned both to thought leadership and client interactions. We use surveys, expert interviews and innovative video-ethnographic techniques to provide real-time information to client teams for a specific purpose, whether that’s brand-building or driving growth. It’s very future-focused and I enjoy having conversations with people on ‘what’s next’ and what the world will look like years down the line. We’re a place for ‘thinkers’ from a range of backgrounds who love reading and analysing future trends, but there’s a lot of project management involved, too – we can easily work on 20 projects a year. It’s important that you can manage your own time – and your own career.
And what we do is not necessarily directly aligned to profit. In fact, at least 50 per cent of my time is spent on diversity issues, which I’m passionate about. I’ve conducted research into Girls Who Code, women in STEM, International Women’s Day, and female empowerment in emerging markets. To me, this shows that Accenture recognises that it has a broader role in society beyond capital gains, and it fits in with what I believe in. I’m a mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation and last year I mentored a woman who had set up a jewellery business in Bangalore. Hopefully, I can benefit others but I also learn a lot about what’s going on in other countries.
Beyond all this, my children (aged two and four) keep me busy and I play golf when I can. I’ve also written a trilogy of Young Adult fantasy novels (think Game of Thrones!). The work here can be demanding and intense at times, but the workplace flexibility allows me to manage my life – and my career.