About traineeships at Accenture
How did previous candidates experience the traineeship?
Roel van der Veen
My adventure began when I responded to a vacancy for a Junior SAP consultant. I soon came in touch with Ruben van Nunen, he's a recruiter at Accenture, specifically for the Smart Services Campus in Heerlen. First interview with Ruben was immediately at the office in Heerlen. What I specifically could remember...
My adventure began when I responded to a vacancy for a Junior SAP consultant. I soon came in touch with Ruben van Nunen, he's a recruiter at Accenture, specifically for the Smart Services Campus in Heerlen. First interview with Ruben was immediately at the office in Heerlen. What I specifically could remember of that conversation, was that they listened attentively to me, my past career and obviously career wishes. Shortly after, the second interview with a senior manager was scheduled. Third interview scheduled. planned fourth meeting. planned fifth call...
Why so many calls? Long story short, it became clear by the passage of the talks that the function for which I applied did not fully suit me. Not that I couldn’t finish the job, but that I would feel “happier” in another role. Wow, I’ve never seen that a potential employer was so closely involved in the process. I never experienced that in previous application procedures. The new function; Java software developer.
After the interviews were completed, and I finished two competency tests, the contract was finally in the mail!
In the meantime, I started to receive some emails. One of them led to the Accenture "year one" portal where all kinds of interesting facts were mentioned about Accenture. The idea behind the portal is that you can prepare yourself on the first day (and year) and not immediately miss the point when someone asks "where does the Accenture name come from?".
August 14 was the day, my first day at Accenture. New office, new colleagues. That day three new colleagues also started and it does help if you can figure out things together.
Worth mentioning is that I had minimal experience in programming and the track where I was taking part of consisted of a two-month Java masterclass where I will be trained from scratch to become a Java software developer.
Trained to be a Java software developer from scratch in two months, a unique opportunity! However, read the sentence again and you realize that this is quite a challenge for both the student and the instructor, because a lot of material needs to be processed. In other words, your day to day role is to make the given substance your own and practice, because the next day you will get a new load. I experienced these two months as very intense, but with a happy outcome. Listening to other colleagues, their experience ranged from equal to easy. The colleagues who experienced it as easy already had previous experience with Java or any other programming language.
Working at Accenture
I now work at Accenture for about half a year and I feel as happy as a pig in clover. A nice team, every day something new and plenty of challenges. What is especially striking is the "flat" organization. It may just be that you speak a managing director more than your own manager. Your input will be seriously dealt with and there are a lot of possibilities for growth.
Overall, Accenture is a new beginning, a new challenge and I look forward to the future.
Being a novelty seeker, I am always chasing the next challenge, a fix for new knowledge or increasing my circle of wonderful people. It is these things that literally keep me up at night, and get me fired up (figuratively of course) in the morning! Hi, I am Jordy Kuijpers, Java Developer, and will take you shortly through a summarily, yet powerful experience at our Accenture Innovation Center for Smart Services in Heerlen...
Being a novelty seeker, I am always chasing the next challenge, a fix for new knowledge or increasing my circle of wonderful people. It is these things that literally keep me up at night, and get me fired up (figuratively of course) in the morning! Hi, I am Jordy Kuijpers, Java Developer, and will take you shortly through a summarily, yet powerful experience at our Accenture Innovation Center for Smart Services in Heerlen.
Graduating for my Bachelor’s (HBO) in Electrical Engineering / Embedded Systems left me clueless on my future. Hungry for knowledge, fun, and challenges I did not want to become the person that rolls into a job and works on the same thing over and over for the rest of my life. No, I decided to pursue an academic Master in Embedded Systems in my quest for knowledge. Although I excelled at applying theory, theorems and proofs were not the knowledge I was seeking after… Let’s find a place somewhere else more suited for me.
My fascination, enthusiasm, and energy for software and IT always trumped the one for hardware (combined make Embedded Systems), giving me a great and versatile foundation for the job market. Immediately, the new Accenture office in Heerlen proved to be a fine opportunity to get the challenge and fix for knowledge I was seeking after. Not only the company’s win-records, also the huge amount of different (IT) capabilities in a large amount of professional / industry sectors. I applied, got the job and the challenges I was looking for.
Starting with a two-month masterclass (traineeship) in Java confirmed the perfect location for my knowledge quest was found! After this masterclass, I absolutely aced my first project. The things I’ve enjoyed most are the immediate responsibilities and ownership that come your way when starting at Accenture. Furthermore, I am able to expand my knowledge in enterprise IT, take on additional challenges, such as establishing subject matter expertise in 3D printing for our Nanolab and just meeting inspirational and wonderful people in all kinds of positions!
Accenture absolutely saturates my quest for knowledge for now, and I am sure when my hunger for more arises, new opportunities within Accenture will present themselves for the taking, and fill my everlasting quest for learning in a high-performance environment! In conclusion: having, keeping and increasing knowledge and this circle of wonderful people around me puts a smile on my face every day and that makes me feel like the luckiest man in town!