A snapshot of life at Accenture

Accenture have been featured in The Times Top 10 of graduate employers for a nice round decade. They want to continue that streak and that's why we're very lucky to get to work with them each year. 

Accenture want motivated and outstanding minds, and they offer in return an unparalleled opportunity to embark on a career which will let you travel, shape businesses and be at the forefront of technology.

The life of a management consultant is often mysterious but if your ears are pricked at the previous paragraph, check out these blogs direct from those in the know at Accenture.

 

Top jobs aren't just in London, this Accenture grad, David, tells about life in a regional office.

 

"Here it is! My first blog post...

Having been lingering on my to-do list for far too long I've finally found a spare Friday afternoon moment to introduce myself and let you in on a little slice of my life at Accenture. In my defence, these last few months have been pretty busy and a lot has changed in both a personal and professional sense.

It all started way back in the late '80s when I was born in a city that was then mainly known for its heavy industry, polluted river and rather poor football team. Fast forward 25 years and a lot has changed; Newcastle upon Tyne is now a world-famous tourist destination and cultural capital, recently playing host to everything from the Turner Prize to Olympic sporting events. Of course, some things never change, like the terrible football team or the friendly lilt of the local accent. Something else which never changed for me is that it is the place I call home. Which is why after leaving for uni at 18, then moving to London when I joined Accenture in February 2012, I now find myself back on Geordie shores...

I spent a year and a half working for Accenture in London before my move in July this year and all of that time I was working for a large Health and Public Services (H&PS) client. The client I was working for had their main offices in the North East and North West and so as time went on and I got to know more about Accenture I realised that I could be doing the same job, on the same project but be based in our Newcastle office! Long story short, I made some enquiries, spoke to my managers and got my move sorted in next to no time.

As I write this from the Toon on a (increasingly cold) November night it is easy to forget the concerns I had prior to my move. Since then I've been promoted from Analyst to Consultant, bought a car, and made lots of new friends at the local office. I am really happy here and have no regrets about leaving London. However, when I think back on my last few weeks there it wasn't an easy move at all. There is a great deal of social pressure on graduates leaving uni to move to London. People think it's the next 'logical' step and there are no jobs to be had elsewhere, or that anyone who's anyone lives in London and where even is Newcastle anyway? Well, I love London and I have to say that for lots of people it is the best place to be. Jobs are easier to find there and there is so much to see and do. But if I'd known what I know now when I joined Accenture I might have thought twice about expressing a preference for the London office on my application form. The good news is, like so many things with this Firm, if you are willing to put in the work and be flexible, then everyone around you will do their best to help you get where you want to be.

It's important to say that there isn't always demand for new joiners in our offices in Newcastle, Manchester and Edinburgh but there is no harm in expressing a preference on your application form. If you like the idea of a dynamic career in IT consultancy, but aren't sure about about squishing yourself onto the Northern Line every morning and evening to get to it, I'd say give it some thought. Trust me, it's not so grim up north."

 

Once you've bagged your amazing graduate job with Accenture,should you opt for a long project, or a series of shorter ones? We hear from Analyst Jay:

 

I’ve recently received confirmation of my roll-off date (the date that you finish on the project) although it has already been extended twice in the past so I’m taking it with a pinch of salt at the moment. The length of time you spend on a particular project can really vary depending on the client, industry, budget etc so it’s hard to give a definitive answer but I’ve been on my current project since I first joined back at the end of January. There are obviously pros and cons (depending on how you see your career developing) of being on one project for a considerable period of time but from my perspective I’ve enjoyed it as it has allowed to really get involved in various aspects of the project life cycle. That being said, I’m looking forward to taking on a new role and challenge – after all one of the great attractions of joining Accenture is the variety of work and exposure to different industries/clients…

So, given that the end is nigh (on this particular project) I’ve started to look around for new opportunities, both through the weekly internal listings and just emailing colleagues to see if they know anything going (this is often a good way of finding something before its publically listed). Ideally I’d like to sort out a role for myself before Christmas but if not there are a couple of other routes to follow:

  1. HR Scheduling – the HR team will actively look for upcoming/new roles on the system and, depending on availability and business demand, will schedule a role for you.
  2. The ‘Bench’ – if there isn’t anything available at the time, you can spend some time on the bench whilst you/HR look for something. Whilst it sounds a bit daunting, it basically involves working from the office on various internal initiatives, ad-hoc work or business development.

Anyway, I’ll keep you updated in my next post as to what happens! In the meantime, I’m away on leave next week so I better get back to it – got lots of bits to tie up before I go…!

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