Tamara Hammad

Consulting Development Analyst

London


"I've always been interested in a lot of things - consulting was the best option for me because of that. You're exposed to so many practices, communities, and industries. It's exactly what I was looking for."

What I do

I studied a degree in Food Science, which included some business courses, and that piqued my interest in business. I have a broad range of interests, so I decided that consulting was for me. I wanted a job where I could delve into a wide range of experiences, and then later pick what I wanted to do. Accenture offered that.

Consulting is very hands-on, which suits me as I like to be there implementing the new change. Essentially, that's where you can build stakeholder management skills and create strong relationships with clients and others within the project.

On my last project, for example, I was part of a huge team introducing a lot of new technology and processes to a telecoms client to simplify and enhance their network delivery and ultimately improve their performance. My specific role was thinking about how to translate those new processes into documents and content that would help the people who would do the work, enabling them to understand how to do it well.

After supporting in a few different areas, I took the lead on the design and development of one key training piece focused on a changing process. We needed to think about the best way to impact over 2000 employees with different levels of training. This started with analysing their different skill sets, then I learned how to use a programme to create the content we then tested on different groups.

It’s really interesting because you have to know the processes inside-out, so you learn a lot about what the entire project team are doing, but you also have to balance that with thinking it through from an employee perspective so it will land effectively. It’s a good education in how to make change happen.

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A day in my life

The role is really varied so you can rotate around projects, and then pick something you're interested in. It definitely provided me with the exposure I needed to make the best decision for me.

I am currently on a Payments project where we are implementing regulatory change to one of our Financial Services clients. On a typical day I analyse different data sets to monitor the impact of the introduced change and have ongoing engagement with stakeholders to ensure minimal impact to any of the areas affected.

Aside from the project work, I explore the numerous opportunities provided by Accenture, whether it is a piece of training I’m interested in or any side of desk work that I’m passionate about.

"It definitely provided me with the exposure I needed to make the best decision for me."

My advice

Before I joined, I was nervous about being overwhelmed by the amount of information to learn. But, thankfully, you don't have to be an expert in technology to excel, you just need to be a good communicator and problem solver. Most importantly, you need to be proactive and curious to learn.

That’s down to the people you work with. When you join, you're assigned a buddy who is a huge asset. They provide you with all of the information you need and are happy to help answer your questions. They can also introduce you to people who could be in a business practice or area you're interested in.

I was interested in joining Payments, so I reached out to my buddy, expressed my interest and they introduced me to someone in the team, and now that is my current placement! That’s what's great about Accenture, you can talk to anyone in the company, express an interest in a topic, and they’ll provide you with the necessary tools to get stuck in.

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