Daniel Airen

Technology Apprentice

London


"I really believe that no matter what you’re into, if you have passions that lie outside of work, you can bring them to work as well."

What I do

I joined the Apprenticeship programme because I learn best when I’m able to apply the things that I’m taught to a real situation, and with Accenture, I get a really three-dimensional experience that enables me to explore my option within multiple roles.

Coming into it, I thought I would spend the majority of my time learning skills, but I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I became active in my projects without needing to know all the technical elements. I started off with what I knew and I’m building both soft skills and technical skills so that I can take on more experienced roles in future.

The degree I’m studying for is Digital and Technology Solutions, but I have freedom to explore options for training while at work so I’m currently completing a certification in Ethical Hacking. My career counsellor has also been a huge help in recommending further development and putting me in contact with colleagues who are in areas I’m interested in.

I’m also involved in networks like the Accenture Entrepreneur Network, and I help with things like brainstorming for new events to be held. It gives me something else to work on outside my day-to-day that I’m passionate about. I really believe that no matter what you’re into, if you have passions that lie outside of work, you can bring them to work as well.

Learn more about Apprenticeships at Accenture.

A day in my life

I’m currently a Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst, and this role is the perfect place to start for me – I’m able to build my knowledge and understanding of cyber security without needing to have all the technical knowledge.

In a typical day, I use analytics software to look for trends and patterns in the cyber realm, to uncover security breaches or damage that might be done to Accenture’s clients and to notify them so that they can be resolved.

As part of the Apprenticeship, I spend one day a week studying. For me, my university modules and my work can complement each other but when I’m at university, or when I’m at work, I bring my whole self and focus entirely on what I’m doing there. It helps me stay organised and structured.

It also helps that my team are very understanding and supportive. I’m very transparent and open about my coursework and studies and everyone is so easy to approach and willing to help in any way. I’m grateful that they push me along slowly and allow me to learn at my own pace.

"This role is the perfect place to start for me – I’m able to build my knowledge and understanding of cyber security without needing to have all the technical knowledge."

My advice

Be relaxed and confident in yourself – no one is going to stop you from being who you are. I realised straight away that when I allowed the real Daniel to come out, it helped me feel more comfortable and I was perceived better because I was being who I am.

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