Turning a fruitful internship into an exciting career
November 23, 2020
My days as a Business & Integration Architecture Analyst are far from typical – which is great because I’m not a fan of doing mundane and repetitive tasks! The work I do is so dynamic, and my experiences vary from day to day. From meetings with business process users to debugging, testing and more, there’s something to learn every day. On top of the work I do for my current project, I help out with the event planning for the SAP team, and I’m also part of the analyst engagement committee for the Technology Analyst Program (TAP), where I’m in charge of creating content to engage with fellow technology analysts within the TAP community.
And to think that it’s only been a year since I’ve joined Accenture in a full-time capacity. In that time, I’ve ran and presented virtual workshops, managed the communication plan and even created content for Accenture’s SAP Week 2020, such as being involved in graphic design work and creating promotional videos! This was a huge inaugural internal event for our employees across the region, and some of the key highlights include our SAP teams showcasing the projects they’ve worked on, as well as a series of knowledge exchange talks by our leadership. SAP Week 2020 was an eye-opening and great learning experience for me. It’s been a thoroughly busy first year, and an immensely fulfilling one at that!
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I started my journey at Accenture as an intern, and I must say that, for an internship, it was truly an interesting and unique experience. I was tasked with creating a physical exhibition that showcases to potential clients the uses of SAP Intelligent Technologies within the oil and gas, and mining industries. Even as an intern, I was given the liberty to lead a team and take on this project. I enjoyed the freedom to explore and make decisions, and of course benefitted from the necessary guidance of my managers and managing directors. Their advice helped a great deal, because I could tap on their rich industry expertise.
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I also liaised with teams from across the region, such as the mobile development and database design team from our Indonesia office, or the web development team from the Philippines office. Not going to lie, it was nerve-racking to conduct presentations in front of high-profile individuals from Accenture and even from SAP, but it was ultimately an invaluable experience that gave me so much more confidence in such scenarios.
Truth be told, I did not really know what to expect when I joined, but I was delighted to discover that the community and working culture is really great, with everyone and anyone willing to lend a helping hand in every possible way. Add that to the immense opportunities and resources the company provides, and I could appreciate that this place is somewhere that I can grow both my career and personal skills.
Why did I go full-time at Accenture? With my one-of-a-kind internship experience, why not? I learned so much and I enjoyed my time, and it made me realize that this was something I could do for a long time. It also helped that I’ve always had an interest in the career paths of consulting and technology, and Accenture offered the best of both worlds. With Accenture, I get to be exposed to the newest technologies, and also enjoy opportunities to lead and manage teams in a dynamic work environment. So when I was offered a full-time position at Accenture after my graduation, I did not think twice.
The skills and knowledge I picked up over the course of my internship were easily transferrable to my full-time position, and the experience I’ve had working under SAP and consulting helped me tremendously. Also, my task management skills improved a lot, largely because I had plenty to do as an intern, and I had to learn how to manage my workload. As a result, I am now able to produce quality work in a short amount of time.
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So far, the journey in my full-time role has been nothing short of amazing. There were plenty of moments I wouldn’t soon forget, but among them, one particular experience stands out. It was that time when I co-ran a virtual workshop about Machine Learning SAP Intelligent Technologies – with Accenture’s entire Southeast Asia SAP community in attendance. As an analyst, you would not think that you would be making a presentation to about 60 participants, let alone high-level folks like managers and directors. I was truly grateful to have been given the opportunity to share my passion for new technologies with a wider community.
Here, the learning never stops. From online resources, helpful colleagues and superiors, and even the experiences you can have on the job, so long as you keep an open mind, stay hungry, and are willing to learn, you will go far at Accenture.
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