October 08, 2014
Accenture Grad: Week 1
By: Catriona Luttrell
Wednesday, 16th July 2014:
I arrived home from my part time job to an email from Accenture, confirming my start date in three weeks. These three weeks would be spent shopping for a new wardrobe of clothes, sorting accommodation and making the move up to "The Big Smoke". I couldn’t wait.
A new wardrobe wasn't much of an issue; sorting accommodation wasn't as easy. After a few disastrous viewings and treks around the city, I was lucky enough to secure a place to stay just before the August Bank Holiday weekend.
With the first two boxes ticked, the final thing to do was to actually pack up and move. To be completely honest, I first had to unpack my suitcases and boxes from college; having moved home from Limerick two months earlier, I still hadn't gotten around to it. As my new house in Dublin wouldn't be ready until the weekend after I started, luck was on my side once again; my sister lived just around the corner from Accenture’s head office in Grand Canal Square. I packed a small suitcase, hopped on a bus and arrived on her doorstep the evening before I was due to start.
A huge bonus to staying in my sister's house was that I had a fashion critic for my first day.
Having tried on multiple outfits (the suitcase wasn't that small...), I finally settled on what to wear. Then it was time to call it a night in preparation for an early start the next day.
My first day at Accenture, I was up bright and early. Arriving at the head office in Grand Canal Square, I was immediately signed in and photographed for my security pass. Within a few minutes most of our 12 person start group had gathered. Quick introductions were made and within a few minutes we were all chatting like we had known each other for years.
Two days of induction followed, which started with a talk from the outgoing Country Managing Director, Mark Ryan. Mark shared an insight into his history in Accenture, and where the company was heading in the future.
It was really interesting to listen to Mark share his story and highlights of his career spanning 32 years in the company.
The induction also included a group session with a drama instructor, who spoke to us about effective communication and presenting ourselves in the best way.
On our second day, we went out for lunch with our Accenture “buddies”, who were graduates in their first couple of years at Accenture. It was great to get an idea of what my future in Accenture could look like from talking to someone who had experienced a similar start to me just a year previously. I got some great recommendations on what the best clubs and societies to join were, and advice on how to apply for some of Accenture’s reward schemes.
On Friday afternoon, I received an email informing me that I would be starting on my Client site the following Monday morning. I headed into my first weekend in Dublin with no idea of what to expect the following week – but was excited to see what my first graduate role had in store.