September 16, 2014
Week 6 - Surf Trip
By: Declan Moran
Another week's work is finished, but instead of thank Crunchie It’s Friday this week, I had the Accenture surf trip to look forward to. I was told that it was unmissable, and it really was. I had no experience surfing, and hoped that I would not be the only one. I was reassured when I discovered that almost everybody else had the same level of talent as I did. The surf instructors were very helpful as well. Apparently the North Atlantic off the Sligo coast is cold at this time of year, who knew! We were treated to meals from one end of Sligo town to the other, and brought around to see everything town's nightlife has to offer. The following morning we were up bright and early again for another session on the waves. It's actually much harder than it looks. I can't wait to go back for the next trip. Apparently the location is switched between Strandhill where we were, Bundoran, and Lahinch.
A lot has happened in work this week. I am now being given more responsibilities as I start becoming more familiar with my role and with the overall system. I have also had a meeting with my line manager regarding my position within the role. All Accenture employees, regardless of their level within the company, are required to set out performance objectives at the start of the role, and these are reviewed when you roll off the project. Among other things, it is a great way of setting yourself goals that you want to achieve during your time in Accenture, both on the project and outside the project.
After 6 weeks in the company, I feel like I have well and truly settled in. But in a company as large and diverse as this, there is always something new around the corner. New opportunities to learn a new skill, to expand your technical capabilities, or even to meet new people at social events are always emerging, and it is always worth checking out Accenture's community on Yammer to see what is coming up next.

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