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May 31, 2016
By: Thomas Staley

Hello there, my name is Thomas Staley and I welcome you to read my first blog post for Accenture!

I joined Accenture in February 2016 after previously completing a year on the Industrial Placement Scheme. I decided to take a year out from university as I felt that it would enable me to develop; both personally and professionally. My faith was not misplaced, and after spending time in both business development and client delivery roles I was well placed to return to university and apply myself; structuring my time so that I could achieve a first whilst simultaneously managing a number of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

Despite being apprehensive about returning, I greatly enjoyed my final year at university, and relished the ability to work at my own accord and determine my own timelines. I also greatly enjoyed the freedoms provided by university which I’m sure many are familiar with…

Following graduation I was able to go travelling with the money that I saved during my placement. Visiting India, Sri Lanka, SE Asia and Australia I created many unforgettable memories that include a camel safari in Rajasthan and Snorkelling over the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. I fully recommend you make the most of your free time if your offer of employment is some time after graduation.


Camel Safari in Rajsthan
From left to right: Lilu (our guide), Ben Barrett, MJ (Camel), Sam Norcross, Thomas Staley

Now returning to Accenture, I look forward to immersing myself in all that it has to offer and learning about the different offerings across the organisation. This is a business with many incredible opportunities and has the potential to provide an insight into various industries; highlighting why I was interested in the firm, and more generally consulting, in the first place.

I will endeavour to keep you updated on my journey as it progresses and hope that it will provide any prospective joiners an insight into the firm, the graduate programme and corporate life more generally.

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