My career with Accenture began with a student internship in 2004. I heard about Accenture in college while pursuing a business and supply chain degree. I never really thought about working in technology, but I was tempted by the opportunity to work with different processes and people. My first Accenture project was an enterprise resource planning (ERP) upgrade, and that experience showed me that innovative technology requires talented people to make it work. Now, more than 10 years later, I’ve built a rewarding career in the technology space, focused on SAP.
Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) matters. It’s important to employ the best possible people in every field, and STEM is no different. That means not only the most skilled technical people, but also those who can take a holistic approach and bring different perspectives to solving our clients’ needs. There is a collaborative culture within Accenture Technology, where we know each other by name, even though it’s a big company. This sense of connection fosters sharing of ideas and insights that help us every day.
If you’re considering a career in technology, here are my top three pieces of advice:
First, seek out the challenging projects that really interest you. I made a decision early on to take responsibility for my career by always seeking out projects I wanted to work on. Since then, my career has centered on evolving ERP technologies and how this takes “business as usual” to another level. Because technology is always evolving, it’s continually creating new business possibilities—and career opportunities.
Second, seek out mentors and inspirational leaders. Mentorship is very important to me, and I’ve had good mentors at Accenture, people with more experience and different points of view who helped me solve professional and career challenges. Share the risks, listen and talk to people; watch what they are doing, and learn how they can help you. That is stewardship, and you learn it from the beginning of your career at Accenture.
Third, keep improving, keep studying, and make a career plan. Be at your best, and manage your own goals. Your career plan should also factor in your personal goals. Remember to seek balance. If you need to step back from tough projects for a while, talk to your mentor, and find the support you need. On the other hand, if you want to push harder—work or travel to do that exciting project, do it! Talk to your family and get their support. Being happy will make you a better professional. It works for me.
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