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October 03, 2016
From Campus to Corporate – My First Year at Accenture
By: Clara O'Connor

Hi there!

My name is Clara O’Connor and I’m a 23 year old Cork girl residing in Dublin. This is my first ever blog post so thanks for deciding to give it a read and hopefully you’ll find at least one I thing I say useful/helpful.

I originally started with Accenture in March 2014 as an intern. While completing my undergraduate degree in Business Information Systems in UCC, I undertook a 5 month placement with Accenture in 2014. For any of you that have completed an internship I’m sure you can sympathise with me when I say it is tough. Tough in the sense that it is completely not what you are used to! I went from being in college one week to working full-time with Accenture the next, quite a shock to the system but so worth it! I learned so much in my 5 months and met such great people! Because of this I decided to interview for a position as a Technology Consulting Analyst at the end of the internship and was delighted to find out I got the role! I completed my final year in UCC, happy in the knowledge that I had a great job secured after graduating. :)

I started back with Accenture in October 2015 and as I write this I am approaching my one year anniversary here. The year has flown and has seen me work on such a variety of work, both day-to-day and also in the extra-curricular space. I have worked on a number of projects since joining including 2 client facing projects which saw me working in the Resources industry.

Currently, I’m working in Accenture’s new Global Centre for Innovation based in Dublin. My day-to-day work sees me interacting with and helping to manage different innovation projects which the centre is running. I find the work and the people I deal with on a daily basis extremely interesting. We are about to move into our new building on Hanover Quay in October which is being branded as ‘the smartest building in the world’. Through my work in the Centre, I’ve been able to help decipher what space I would like my career to progress in. I have become extremely interested in the Digital Marketing space and the digital marketing work Accenture are undertaking. Because of this, I’m currently making the transition to the Digital Marketing team in the Centre for Innovation and have also just started a part-time masters in Digital Marketing in UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, something Accenture are really supportive of!

There is so much going on in Accenture so there really is a role to fit everyone. Outside of the day-to-day work there is also so much going on. It is exactly like college in the sense that it is great for getting to meet new people. Since joining Accenture I joined the STEM committee which is involved in promoting science, technology, engineering and math’s subjects and careers. I was lucky enough to be involved in the organization and running of the first GiSTEM event which took place in The Convention Centre, Dublin which has to be one of the highlights of my first year at Accenture. I’m also traveling to Brussels next week to speak at the STEM Alliance workshop taking place there.

Clara GiSTEM Event - January, 2016

Another highlight would have been the Technology training trip. In May 2016, I headed off to Bangalore in India with a group of other Accenture Technology Consulting Analyst for 2 weeks of training. We even made a pit-stop in Dubai on our way there! It was such a great two weeks! Such good fun and a great way to get to know more people at Accenture.

I could continuing writing about all I’ve been up to over my first year here, from the Christmas party to the mystery tour and everything in between but think I will leave it at that for now. In short, I couldn’t say enough good things about working here and am delighted that I decided to start and develop my career at Accenture.

Clara Accenture Christmas Party - December, 2015

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