I have been an Analytics Analyst with Accenture for over 1 year now. I graduated from UCD with a BSc in Economics & Finance in 2016. I had always thought I would go into a career in Finance or Banking but when I returned to final year after a yearlong internship it began to dawn on me that I was not actually sure what industry I wanted to go into anymore. My favourite subject had always been maths and I enjoyed problem solving so I knew I wanted to work in a company where I could use my analytical skills in a creative way to enable organisations to achieve a sustainable advantage. After doing some research, it occurred to me that Accenture's environment of continuous learning, challenging experiences, and enriching career opportunities could allow me to do this while progressing within my profession at a rapid pace.
I felt that due to the diverse nature of consulting I would learn and develop much quicker than if I was in a set role. It also really appealed to me that as a consultant you get exposure to new projects and clients and are constantly being challenged to come up with solutions. I realised that the Analytics industry was evolving quickly and Accenture were one of the companies at the forefront globally of using Analytics to enable clients to achieve high performance through insights from data.
What made Accenture stand out for me was that the company differentiates themselves from its competitors by being a tech-agnostic company that can deliver expertise in all areas of a business and meet all the clients’ needs. As a result of this, Accenture’s portfolio consists of very prestigious companies and I wanted the opportunity to work with these companies across a wide variety of industries.
Another factor which made Accenture an attractive place to work was the emphasis on work-life balance. I knew that I would be expected to work hard but that through the many clubs, societies and social events it seemed there would be lots of opportunities to meet new people and try new things.
Looking back one year on, I believe I made the right choice in starting my career with Accenture and working with the company has exceeded my expectations. I have learned a lot in the past 12 months and have gotten to work with some very talented people whom I have learned a lot from. I have found myself involved in more ‘extra-curricular’ activities than I ever was in college and have made some great friends which has made my time here even more enjoyable than expected. I am now looking forward to the next year in which I hope to further expand my skillset, work with new clients and continue to enjoy my role in the company.