It seems fitting that this year Accenture’s recruitment campaign focuses on the “Accenture Adventure” – what better way to explain how varied a career and experience everyone who joins this company has!
I joined Accenture just over a year ago, and I can say “adventure” is a fairly good representation of my time here so far. Starting out in the Dublin office I then went to Chicago for training and on return entered Accenture Analyst life in their Management Consulting Practice. I have been working on a client site since. I am out on client site most days, but very rarely is any one day the same.
A typical day for me starts with an early rise, a strong coffee and a round-up of all the media articles that were published about my client in the past 24 hours. It is important that we are always aware of what is going on in current affairs, the government and the opinions out there. International affairs can also have a major impact, so there is a lot to catch up on in the morning. It’s a part of the job that I really enjoy – keeping abreast of what is going on in the world and trying to understanding the impact it will have on my client and the work they do every day.
I am working in a Change Management role. What may seem like a routine change or a simple governmental decision can have a profound impact on the way the client works. So far I have worked through a lot of changing environments - election campaigns, a change in Government, two internal promotion cycles for the client, two budgets, multiple media storms and maybe even some industrial action. And that’s in the space of a year!
Once I am caught up on the news I will move to reading my e-mails, updating my To Do list with any actions and begin preparing for client meetings. After that each day varies – I could be helping to create briefing packs for the Senior Leadership team to deliver, scheduling meetings with different stakeholders, running assessments to gauge how “ready” the business is for any upcoming changes etc.
People throw around the word “problem solving” a lot when they speak about consulting– and I thought I knew what that meant - until I joined Accenture. I found out that some problems are hard to solve. Sometimes the answers are not obvious. Sometimes I sit at my desk just thinking, really thinking about an issue and how it can be overcome. I’ll interview clients and see how things were done before and then think about how they can do them differently. If you’re looking for a challenging career, you’re in the right place!
Most of my fellow graduates went on to further studies or into the legal profession. I knew what kind of a career I wanted after college and two more years of study and exams followed by two more years standing at a photocopying machine was not my preference. I wanted to deal with people not paper, to help solve some of the problems that impact us every day, I wanted to be part of the action. That is why I joined Accenture.
Every Analyst has a different Accenture Adventure, no two are the same. If this sound like something you would like to do, apply for our Graduate programme and see where your adventure will take you!