Max Tan

Management Consultant


"If you are someone who wants a challenging profession in a company that provides a supportive and nurturing environment, Accenture is a good place to kick-start your career. This is a huge firm with plenty of opportunities for personal and career development."

What I do

As part of Accenture’s Communications, Media & Technology team, I work with clients in the telecommunications and Internet industries. As a management consultant, I support my project manager, usually in the capacity of a stream lead, to ensure the successful delivery of a project. It is my job to advise our clients on ways to tackle their strategic and operational challenges.

I was a fresh graduate looking for employment when I chanced upon the job posting on LinkedIn. For the longest time, I had wanted to pursue a career in branding in a fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company. But, I was pleasantly surprised during my interviews with Accenture at the type of work the team was doing. Seeing the opportunity to take on a challenge, I joined the firm. Since then, I’ve had the chance to work with clients from Malaysia, the Philippines and, of course, Singapore. My stay here at Accenture has been fulfilling thus far.

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A day in my life

The nature of my role in management consulting means that I’m usually based at the client’s site. It is typical for me to move between projects of different scope in a short period. One day, I could be creating a business case as part of a marketing automation engagement for a client. On another day, I could be supporting my team in preparing a response to a request for proposal.

The varied nature of this work was initially nerve-wracking because I have always been more comfortable with routine and stability. But I eventually got the hang of it through repeated exposure and learning on the job, and what makes it equally important is having supportive peers and superiors who provided me with guidance and mentoring. It is a combination of internal and external factors that has allowed me to become better at managing this challenge.

What I appreciate about Accenture is its inclusive and supportive environment. Through a blend of classroom-based and self-learning programs, the company has helped me grow both personally and professionally. Our self-learning platform offers a wide range of learning modules on various topics such as analytics, blockchain and leadership. We also have classroom-based training for every career level, like the one-week seminar I joined in our training center in India. We also regularly attend trainings held at our office on subjects such as design thinking and project management.

These enabled me to venture out of my comfort zone comfortably, challenge my limits and push myself to be better. Though I was a fresh graduate joining the firm, I was given plenty of opportunities to prove myself and demonstrate my capabilities.

I strongly believe Accenture is an organization that values its talents. If you are proactive about taking charge of your own career path and progression, the leaders will help you accomplish your goals.

"Accenture is a good place to kick-start your career. This is a huge firm with plenty of opportunities for personal and career development.”

My advice

I’m fortunate to be allowed to work on different projects as Accenture serves clients from an extensive range of industries. My experiences here has allowed me to identify the career path I wanted. That’s why I’ve always been mindful of the projects I wished to do, the skills I wanted to develop and the goals I would like to achieve. So, stay open to opportunities. Expose yourself to various projects. Eventually, you’ll figure out what you want to do and determine where you want to head toward.

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