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October 15, 2014
5 reasons to apply for the Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow Award
By: Nubi Kayode
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  1. Get exposed to Dublin's tech (startup) scene
I was lucky to be in the first LoT competition that was in collaboration with the NDRC - a globally recognised tech startup accelerator. One of the two development days was spent at the hub with UI/UX experts, investors, startup founders and other players in Dublin's tech startup scene. Also seated on the panel of judges for the finals of the competition were top level Managers from tech and tech-driven companies including - Facebook, PaddyPower, Irish Times, and BrandFire.
  1. Good way to learn about Accenture
Applying for the Leaders of Tomorrow (LoT) competition saw me spend a good amount of time reading up on Accenture and the different areas in which it now operated technologically - including analytics and mobility. This definitely contributed to the type of idea that was submitted for the competition and guess it was worth every input as it ended up as an award winning idea.
  1. Personal Development
The second (of the two development days) was spent at the Accenture office at Grand Canal Square, and it was one that contributed so much to my personal development. I got to learn a lot about leadership with Ryan Shanks - types of leaders, how to lead, and what makes a good leader. I also got to take my presentation and communication skills to another level with the help of Patrick Sutton of the Gaiety Theatre, with focus on simple things such as posture and gesture.
  1. Leader. Entrepreneur. Consultant.
I believe all consultants especially at Accenture are intrapreneurs and have entrepreneurial tendencies, after all some have left the company to start and run their own business successfully. I also got to validate this from the many conversations during the Leaders of Tomorrow competition with people like Colin Ryan, David Gilchrist, Sean Judge, Peter Cleary, Liza Eberle, among others. As if being able to function as a consultant and entrepreneur was not enough, leadership and mentorship is brought to the mix.

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  1. The Prize
If any of the 4 points above is not convincing enough, then do it for the prize - which includes a trip to one of Accenture’s Global Innovation Centres, a shiny trophy to go with a photo of you in print and online publications, an opportunity to pursue your idea with NDRC on the highly coveted Launchpad platform and the option of a 6 month leadership internship with Accenture.

Like I said in my last post on how I got to join Accenture with a tweet, the Leaders of Tomorrow is one I'd recommend for every aspiring entrepreneur, consultant, and leader so go ahead and send in your application to seize this opportunity. Do feel free to reach out to me via twitter - @NubiKay  if you have any questions as regards the Leaders of Tomorrow Award.

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