Alyssa Wu

HR Service Delivery Analyst

San Francisco, CA

"The work we do at Accenture is not just for our clients but also about delivering something truly meaningful for everyone involved."

How I put change in motion

I'm currently on the North American Inclusion and Diversity Team, helping with development, implementation, and management of strategic Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) initiatives internally and with our clients. The visibility of the work and the complexity of the issues to be resolved are interesting and often challenging.

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My TAP experience

Prior to my final year at University of California, Berkeley, where I majored in Political Economy, I was thrilled to come across a company like Accenture and a program like the HR Talent Accelerator Program (TAP). As someone who was still puzzling over a future career, it was like finding the missing piece.

For my Accenture TAP internship, I was based at the New York offices where I actually met with Accenture CEO Julie Sweet and with Jimmy Etheridge, CEO of North America. They had stopped by unannounced to introduce themselves shortly after the announcement of their new roles. I was amazed that the top officers of such a huge global enterprise would take time out of their day to chat with me—a young person still in college and only beginning to think seriously about a career.

I had two managers during the summer internship, and they were both very helpful and supportive. They set aside time throughout the summer to work with me to understand my goals—professional and personal—and help me see the various pathways that were open to me. Then, when the internship ended, I was overjoyed to receive the offer of a full-time position. Needless to say, I accepted, and in September of last year my Accenture career was officially launched.

A day in my life

Every day is different. It might start with a team huddle where we share our goals and priorities for the day. Mid-morning and early afternoons, it might be a time for individual work or collaborative sessions. Then I try to set aside at least an hour for non-project-related work such as networking calls or a learning session. Then there might be impromptu meetings with my cohorts to compare notes on our various projects. These are good for keeping me in the loop to understand how our I&D strategy is being carried out throughout Accenture. Sometimes there’ll be cool events like guest speakers or panel discussions, which can be great ways to connect with people around the world.

In my spare time I love to spend time with my family and friends. It may be going to the beach with some homemade food for a picnic or staying active playing volleyball or going for a hike in the Bay Area.

“For a young person in college starting to think seriously about my future, Accenture’s HR TAP program was an amazing opportunity.”

My advice

TAP is an incredible opportunity for any aspiring HR professional. Participation in this program will give you the structure and support you need to learn, build, and grow skills that are of interest to you. Don’t miss the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the TAP community where you’ll learn from senior leaders and grow with your peers.

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