On our Consulting Industrial Placement, you can expect to be immersed in live consulting project work from day one. Intense and rewarding, the programme allows you to make your first mark on a vast global business, while forming connections with a mix of talented people at every level.
From the start, you’ll have a ‘buddy’ who will provide expert advice whenever you need it. Then you’ll learn about the project you’ve been assigned to, which could be in any part of our consulting workforce. You’ll take on real responsibility – testing software, undertaking research, compiling reports and analysing complex information.
The aim is to give you an insight into what life is like at the sharp end of business and technology evolution. By the end of the year, you should come away with some valuable skills – and hopefully an offer to join us when you graduate.
You’ll currently be studying a technical or business-related degree that offers the option of an industrial placement, and be expecting to receive a minimum 2:1 in your first undergraduate degree, or equivalent international undergraduate. You’ll also have 340 UCAS points across your top three A-Levels (excluding General Studies). A strong communicator with great organisational skills and a real passion for IT, you’ll want to know more about how technology can make a real difference to business.
This placement is based in London. Please note that you will need to find and fund your own accommodation. However, if we send you on a project further afield, we will cover the additional accommodation costs on your behalf.
Lasting twelve months, the programme combines formal training with practical, hands-on experience in live development environments. The programme starts with a week-long induction that will give you a solid grounding in business and technology consultancy, as well as valuable commercial skills. After week one, you’ll start on a project. It could be based anywhere within our consulting teams. And you won’t just be shadowing others: you’ll be a fully-fledged team member right from the start, making a tangible impact.
We’ll make sure you’re properly rewarded — with a competitive pro rata salary and relocation allowance. Other benefits include generous holiday allowance, subsidised gym membership and a personal laptop.
Competitive pro rata salary
Generous holiday allowance
Subsidised gym membership
A personal laptop
“Right now I’m helping to roll out Windows 7 for one of our clients. I travel to different sites making sure everything goes smoothly, sorting out data issues and even running some of the deployments. It’s really fascinating, and means I’m getting loads of hands-on technology experience. I’ve also gained some incredible skills, which will not only make a big difference when I return to university, but in my career as well.
At the moment I’m working on RAM upgrades. I audit resources, ensure that users are engaged and sort out any issues remotely. Sometimes I visit the sites in person, especially the larger ones, to ensure that my clients are happy and everything is going as it should be. My day varies quite a lot, but I like it that way because it means I never get bored.
I went to the International Women’s Day event and got to speak to the Director of Human Capital and Diversity. She helped me explore funding for my final year of university, so it was amazing to speak to her. I’ve also done some charity work, including for a group of boys aged 8-16 who came to Accenture for an event we were running. We showed them how to network, gave them tips on presenting and told them about the skills they’ll need if they want to work in the professional world. The day really made an impact on me; it was so nice to give back and feel that I can have a positive impact on people, like others have had on me. I was so proud of the boys too, it was a really lovely day.”
The first part of the application process is to fill out an application form which includes an online situational judgement test. You’ll give us details of your experience and education, and attach your CV. In the test you'll be presented with a variety of realistic situations that you may face in your role at Accenture, and you’ll need to choose from a range of responses to demonstrate what you feel would be the most effective solution. We’re interested in measuring a set of behaviours here, which are critical in order to succeed with us. You will be automatically directed to complete this when you click on the apply link.
You will be invited to complete a short digital interview, which you can do at a time and location convenient to you. You’ll need a webcam, either integrated or plug-in on your laptop or PC. This stage of the interview process will cover your understanding of our business and services, and assess your core skills and competencies which are essential to success in the role. Should you be invited to compete the digital interview you will be sent full details on what to expect and how to prepare prior to your interview.
If you are successful at interview stage, you will then be invited to attend a half-day session in our London office, where you will take part in a group exercise, and a final 1:1 interview.
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