It’s amazing to see the results of the work you do every day in action—especially when you know it’s making people’s lives easier.
As consultants in the Accenture DayNine practice, we use Workday Human Capital Management (HCM) software to positively impact the day-to-day experiences of people all over the world.
Serving as a Workday guide
As a Solution Architect, I partner with clients at the beginning of their journey as they pursue the implementation of Workday to improve their HCM systems and processes. I work with a team of people at Accenture to help clients better understand our offerings and potential solutions, as well as the factors that make Accenture the best Workday transition partner.
Essentially, I use my Workday knowledge and expertise to create project estimates and timelines. My current work involves delivering strategic Workday solutions that serve clients’ needs.
Workday in action
A typical day at Accenture is fast-paced, dynamic and exciting!
I might spend part of my day researching a Workday solution with our sales team and leadership, another part discussing Workday requirements with a potential client and still another part partnering with colleagues on internal initiatives to help drive the success of our practice.
And given the global nature of our work, it’s not unusual on any given day to connect with colleagues and clients across the U.S.—or around the world.
For a recent Workday implementation project for a major retail organization, I lead the training efforts. A big part of my role involved developing training content for employees at their retail stores across the U.S.
The training was designed to help employees easily navigate Workday and complete critical processes within the system—in essence, to make their days run a little more smoothly.
To this day, when I drive by one of these retail stores, I can’t help but wonder if an employee is viewing the training I developed!
Mentoring and learning is both give and take
I’ve received excellent mentoring and guidance from others during my time at Accenture. As a Career Counselor, an important part of my role is to pass on the lessons I’ve learned, and to ensure that others at Accenture feel supported and motivated to accomplish their goals.
I’m constantly amazed by the incredible people that work at Accenture. And it may sound cliché, but we really do take inclusion and diversity seriously. I have a background in psychology, and I’m proud that our inclusion efforts include a focus on mental health awareness—a topic I believe needs more discussion in our modern workplace.
Advice for growing your career
The only limits to your career at Accenture are your imagination and your willingness to ask questions.
During my time at Accenture, I’ve worked in a variety of roles, from functional delivery and change management to my current role as a solution architect. This was possible because I imagined myself trying something different and was willing to raise the question of what was possible.
My best career advice:
Never stop learning.
Always feel comfortable asking questions.
Go toward open doors.
You never know who you will meet our what other doors will open if you take a chance on an opportunity.
Learn more about Alex Sweers.
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