Left: Dylan Byrd; Right: Maximo Rangel
Whether you’re tackling a mission in the military or a project in the corporate world, the most important thing to remember is that you’re working as a team.
Things won’t always go as planned, but you always need to keep your final goal in mind.
My path from U.S. Marine to Accenture analyst
I was born in Mexico, and my family immigrated to the U.S. when I was about 12 years old. After high school, I joined the U.S. Marine Corps, where I served for six years, first as an administrator and then as a Marine Embassy Guard.
I first learned about Accenture through on-campus recruiting visits during my freshman year at Columbia University. I was certain Accenture was the perfect place to launch my professional career after my time in the military and as a college undergrad.
What initially interested me about Accenture was the company’s culture, where personal and professional development is highly encouraged. And that turned out to be true; I work with people who are innovative and multicultural. They challenge me every day.
My work at Accenture
As a management consultant analyst, I’m learning as much as possible about the work Accenture does in more than 40 industries across the globe. It will then be up to me to narrow down my options and determine the line of business I want to pursue.
My current project is with a health and public services client, where I’m helping to redo their entire social services benefits tracking platform. I’m excited to work on this, as I get to be part of a project that will eventually touch many peoples’ lives, including those that often need help the most.
I’m grateful Accenture recognizes my true talents, and for allowing me to prove myself in corporate America after exiting the military. While some firms seem to only hire individuals that perfectly fit their “traditional” checklists, Accenture is a trailblazer in truly embracing diversity and raw talent.
The people are what I like most about working at Accenture. Every day, I continue to witness that we truly belong to a global team; collaboration is key. I would not feel as confident and energized if it weren’t for the people around me.
Advice for the future
For those traveling on a similar career path, my advice is to start networking with people in positions you’re interested in. This is the best to way to get to know the work and appreciate whether it fits your priorities. Then, focus on matching and developing the skills and experiences you need to succeed.
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