October 03, 2014
Week 1 - First Days
By: Joseph Sheehan
I was travelling in California when I got the email to tell me my start date was in a few weeks. To say I was unprepared is a vast understatement. I owned one suit, and had nowhere to live in Dublin. Thankfully Accenture came to rescue on at least one part of this. I, unfortunately, had to dress myself, but was able to find accommodation with three other new grads thanks to the New Starter WhatsApp group set up by the graduate recruitment lead. This set the tone for my interactions following joining Accenture. Everyone I have spoken to has been keen to help out in any way they can, providing invaluable advice and tips.
On my first day, having tried on about 20 ties, I arrived, suited and booted, to the Accenture offices in Grand Canal Square with 11 other new starters looking just as nervous and unsure as me! Immediately friendships formed, and many events and nights out since have served to strengthen these! After a bit of a chat amongst ourselves, we were brought to a pretty impressive room for an introduction to Accenture. An icebreaker exercise revealed the diversity of the new graduates, with people from Law, Psychology, Maths, Engineering, Medicine, Computer Science and Business!
We then had a talk with Mark Ryan, the Country Managing Director, in what was his last Graduate Induction before retiring. Mark’s knowledge and insight was really impressive, and it was with a sad note that we wished him well on his future endeavours. We then headed into speeches about our role in the organisation, and the practical skills we would need to survive our first few weeks!
We were then given our laptops and login details, which kept us distracted from the presentations for the rest of the day. Aoife, who headed our Induction, was quick to help us with any technical issues, and advise us of the most important things to do straight away. The next day opened with more talks on some practical and organisational aspects of Accenture. These really helped us to understand our role, our place in the organisation, and to help us feel more at home in the company.
We were taken out to lunch by our designated “buddies” and treated to a pretty excellent meal. These were analysts, just like us, who had joined Accenture just a few months prior. They gave us some really useful advice on how to get involved with societies, clubs, and how to excel in our projects and careers. We organised a night out for our start group, where we got to chat and find out the many mutual friends we all have!
Over the course of the two days, we had all been in contact with line managers who advised us of our projects. I was lucky enough to join a very innovative project in a large Telecoms company, and went straight into work. I’m looking forward to my future with Accenture, and I am currently enjoying being involved in a project which I am seeing through from inception to execution.