Some people would be hesitant to make job transition midway through their career.
Not me—I’m reinventing.
I’m still learning and growing, and recently made a transition from working in the safety management industry to a career in consulting.
In the safety management industry, I felt my career was going stale, despite moving into senior positions. Joining Accenture was a new lease on life, a chance to be more hands-on and do different things.
I told myself, “Don’t say no; take every opportunity to learn.” I’ve seized the opportunity, and it’s been mutually beneficial as I’ve been able to fill Accenture’s need for a safety expert.
Leading clients into the New
In my new role, I’m part of the Digital Plant Resources Industry X.0 group. I partner with clients, mainly in the chemicals industry, helping them on their journey to digital manufacturing. The transformation can identify safety-related issues that put people and operations at risk, so I’ll roll up my sleeves to get to the root of the problem and deliver an outcome that gets our client up and running, enabling everyone to go home safely.
Coming from an architecture, engineering and environmental remediation firm where my role was internally focused, to a manufacturing-focused role at Accenture, the position was a bit alien to me. So how have I made the adjustment and have grown my career in the New?
These five tips helped me reinvent:
Be willing to move outside your comfort zone, mentally and physically. I lived in New Hampshire, but with my new Accenture role, it made more sense for me to relocate to Houston—which meant learning about industries with a new firm in a new city. I put a major focus on building my new network to ease the transition.
I found that no project in Accenture Consulting aligns completely with your strengths, skills, knowledge and preferences; every project is a learning experience. I realized early on that I need to be flexible and willing to embrace new things, so I can continue to grow and excel in my career.
Stay in the New. It’s vital to keep your skills fresh. I’m plugged into Accenture’s Industry X.0 community. We’re thought leaders in the new digital age, and I it’s important to know what we’re offering and how we’re bringing innovation to market.
Beyond that, I need to know how Industry X.0 can be relevant to my clients. Clients don’t want us to do things for them; they want us to do things with them; to serve as a trusted, collaborative partner.
Become an “all-rounder.” Safety has always been my field of expertise, but I’ve widened my focus. I’ve developed a detailed understanding of how Accenture operates as a business—not only from a financial point of view, but also from a lens around forecasting, sales and contract management, which was a “missing piece” in my career. It taught me how to effectively run my own business and put me in good stead for a promotion to senior manager.
Gain end-to-end project experience. Get to know the ins and outs of every stage of a project, from planning to implementation, and have a working knowledge of business areas other than yours. In consulting, I regularly work with people in digital or strategy. I worked with a client that had serious safety issues, and to identify the faults in their processes, we looked at how they were running their entire business. Having that end-to-end experience helped us dig deep and provide the best solution.
Get in touch with your creative side. I love cooking, but I rarely follow a recipe. I prefer to make it up as I go along. That creativity draws strong parallels with my job, which gives me the opportunity to invent at different stages. And whether you’re preparing a meal or delivering a project, if you do it right, there will be something to celebrate.
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