Tell me about your journey to joining Accenture. 

Eoin profile I have had a relatively unorthodox journey to joining Accenture and The Dock. I am a former professional rugby player, who after retirement I was unsure of what career to pursue. I had completed a couple of degrees at university but they were relatively generic (Business / Economics and Management), so I did not have the specialised skills to focus in on one particular area or industry. I decided that getting a taste of a number of different industries and opportunities would be a good place to start, and Accenture was a great fit as they work across so many different industries and with a huge number of clients and vendor partners. An opportunity at the Dock came up and I jumped on it, as working at the cutting edge of innovation is incredibly exciting and motivating – so it was a no-brainer for me.

Tell me about the work you do

I am currently working as a Business Analyst on a retail project here in the Dock but I have had opportunities over the last number of months to perform business intelligence to understand the competitiveness of different markets and industries, contribute to and lead customer research, product planning, while also being supported to learn and train to improve my contributions to my team and project.

What’s the most exciting project you’ve worked on and what made it so exciting?

Without wanting to sound too clichéd, both projects I have worked on so far have been incredibly interesting and enjoyable to work on. But I have to choose one, so I will go with the one I was on for longer! I worked on a financial wellbeing project that looked at how, using behavioural analytics, we could understand and seek to improve banking customers' financial wellbeing. For example, we had a tool that would help the user to slow down their spending over the course of a month to avoid being a “payday millionaire” and encourage a more balanced spend which is linked with improved financial resilience. We also looked to improve the savings opportunities that were suggested to the users so that they were more relevant e.g. suggesting area’s to save in their monthly spend that are elastic spending over expenditure that is regular and rarely changes.

Working at the cutting edge of innovation is incredibly exciting and motivating
What’s a day-in-the-life like at Accenture? 

The typical day is pretty varied to be honest. Due to the fact that we are working on innovative and scalable products and services for our clients, we need to cover a number of bases every day. This could mean that you are managing the planning of the project team, co-ordinating meetings, assisting with research on end users or stakeholders, so you have a great opportunity to try on many hats and figure out what direction you want to go in your career.

What do you like the most about working at Accenture?

I really enjoy working on complex problems and finding different ways to solve them, but the most enjoyable aspect of working at the Dock has been the people I have been working with. As I joined remotely and have only met a number of people in person over the course of the year, I have felt incredibly welcomed and supported over the last 12 months.

What advice would you give to someone interested in the work you do?

Get in touch with someone that works in The Dock – everyone is incredibly open and helpful in my experience. It is a great way to improve your understanding of the projects and work in the Dock (and the wider Accenture business), but also find that there may be other roles available that you had never considered that would be a good fit.

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