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April 06, 2018
Your background doesn’t define you!
By: Lola Olaore

Lola Olaore

It seems a long time ago that I was a fresh graduate, such is the way my skills have evolved in the 16 months I have been with Accenture. Working in the Technology Analyst Group, I’ve had multiple roles and am currently seconded to the Corporate Functions team, focusing on the Skills to Succeed Academy which trains people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

At Accenture, if you’re prepared to shape your own career, things will happen. People here are smart, funny and relatable; they understand you and want you to grow. Not only has training built my technical skills and understanding of the shifting tech landscape, I’ve also liaised with CEOs and other senior people on projects and this has given me lots of confidence.

As a Technology Analyst, I’ve been able to travel to different countries and work at client sites. For example, I spent time in Milan and Munich working on a digital transformation project for an energy client. This is a dream as I love travelling. Last year, I visited eight different countries; it’s great to take a breather from London and experience new cultures.

One trip I made was to represent Accenture at One Young World in Colombia, which attracted 1,200 future leaders from across the globe. Diversity in the workplace, both in terms of gender and ethnicity, is vital. I’m passionate about promoting opportunities for young people, empowering and motivating young women in particular to consider a tech career. I first heard of Accenture when a charity that helps the BAME community invited me to an ‘Inspiring Women’ event – now I try to inspire others.

“I tell young people: your background doesn’t define you, nor does your skin colour. It’s about you as a person.”

After returning from One Young World, I hosted an event at the Google Digital Skills Academy for 120 young females from disadvantaged backgrounds. Social mobility is an issue close to my heart and the event included digital and life skills workshops, plus a mini careers fair. I stressed to the young women: ‘you can make it regardless of your background; this doesn’t define you, nor does your skin colour. It’s about you as a person’. I used one of the three annual volunteering days Accenture offers all its employees to host the event and it was a great success.

I enjoy speaking at universities and events about life at Accenture, which has improved my presentation skills. I’m currently planning a huge event soon in collaboration with Thomson Reuters called ‘Voices of Change’ to focus on women in technology and finance. I write blog posts about life at Accenture, some of which get up to 8,000 reads. And I sit on two youth advisory boards – Life Skills by Barclays and the Mayor of London’s Digital Pioneer Network to equip the next generation with today’s skills. It’s fantastic when work and your passions in life can interlink.

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