December 13, 2016
Staring at the same blank document
By: Dumebi Ogboli

Starting an article or any kind of written piece is an interesting process. It may start in your head and live in your head for longer than you like. It may start on scribble pads, on a napkin or kitchen towel, or on the palm of your hands. It may even be the topic of many conversations and if only you’d remembered to record those conversations…

Then there’s the period where it churns over and over in your head…looking for an opening line, or the crux, a hook...anything to help the jumble of words and ideas in your head line up and flow in some sort of cohesive sequence. And then you’re finally ready to start, you open up a Word document…and two days later you’re staring at the same blank document!

The above summarizes me starting this piece; actually that was me writing almost all of my uni assignments…OMG! Uni assignments were the bane of my life for the most part; and studying as a mature student added a whole ‘nother layer of interesting. I’d much rather write a creative piece than an academic one (thank goodness for blogs ☺.)

So, after graduation (July 2015), I knew I wanted to work in a creative environment. One that was dynamic and fast paced; an environment that was truly diverse in more ways than a politically correct media gimmick. I enjoy a challenge and I needed an environment that’d provide just that and a whole lot more. (I always forget to be careful with what I wish for…but then again, I can’t be done with my idle mind being anyone’s workshop so I’ll keep wishing and carefully navigate the wish when it comes true)

I’d vaguely heard of Accenture before stumbling across the job ad; turns out that most of my family and close friends had heard of them, they encouraged me to apply. Even so, I didn’t know what Accenture did but as I read about the Client Delivery Graduate Scheme and found out more about the Company, I knew I wanted this job!

Once I got past the “staring at the same blank document for two days” syndrome, I drafted and re-drafted answers for the application form. I got a second, third and I think fourth pair of eyes to read and critique my answers. Then I edited and re-edited...said a prayer, or two…uploaded and clicked submit.

Thankfully I didn’t have long to wait after submitting the application form. I was invited to complete the next stage of the process which was an on-demand digital interview (or did I do some sort of logical online test before? Apologies, trying to extract a memory which is over a year old isn’t going too well at the moment). I’d done an on-demand interview for a different graduate programme I applied to (more about this later) so I knew what to expect. You get two takes with the on-demand interview…I needed both takes on every question; if I remember correctly there were about 10 questions. I giggled through a few of my first takes, babbled through a couple of others, glared at an offending spot on my face and lost my train of thought on another. I even got distracted when I caught sight of and reached for that one novel on the shelf I’d been looking for to remind myself of the ending. So yeah, I needed two takes.

Shortly after completing and submitting the Digital Interview, I got an invite to an assessment centre for 1st October 2015…the rest in my next entry!

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