September 16, 2014
Week 3 - Last Week in America
By: Declan Moran
Our time in Chicago has come to an end, and what a fortnight it was!
We enjoyed the weekend in Chicago with all of the friends we made in St Charles in week one. A limo took us back to the Q-Center on the Sunday, and we spent the remainder of the day chilling in our rooms, down in the games room, or enjoying some of the food on offer.
I think that the quality (and quantity) of the food itself deserves a special mention here. Every day brought something different to the self-service buffet. Indeed, every individual counter had something unique; gourmet burgers on the left, beef in black bean sauce on the right, pasta carbonara in the middle (apparently there was a "healthy option" available, however I never made it that far). This was all topped off by the famous self-service ice-cream machine - I think we're all still suffering from withdrawal symptoms!
The course material followed a similar pattern to last week's. These were, of course, supplemented by occasional networking events, trips to a local outlet mall, and other social activities. The cold weather was such that we could not really explore outdoors, although I've been told that there are 15 acres of forests, trails, football pitches, and room for any other activity you could ever think of.
While many of our English counterparts have been assigned roles and industries, we Irish have not been told yet. This means that we'll be on "the bench" for a short time once we arrive back in Dublin, while a role is found for us. This will be an opportunity to catch up on some outstanding training, and will allow us to really find our feet before we are handed our first roles. I'm looking forward to taking part in whatever Accenture activities that will be available when I get back home if I do find myself on the bench. We were told on our first week about all of the different clubs and societies in Accenture. Every hobby from tennis to sailing and from golf to rugby is catered for. There are also a number of employee support societies that have a big role in promoting inclusiveness within the company, including Accent on Women and a LGBT society.
What lies next for myself and the rest of the Start group beyond another 8 hour transatlantic flight, who knows?