We recently caught up with Molly about how they secured a role Consulting Development Analyst role with Accenture, how they've adapted to working virtually and their top tips for Bright Network members looking to follow in their footsteps.
What stood out to you about Accenture before securing your role?
I was fascinated by the emphasis that Accenture places on technology and impressed by the broad range of clients that Accenture works with. As a combined honours student, I was very keen not to be pigeonholed into one industry or type of client and wanted a broad range of experience after joining. As I do not come from a technical background, I was keen to see how Accenture operates at the intersection between business and technology.
What is the culture like at Accenture?
Accenture is an extremely welcoming work environment that places a huge emphasis on inclusion and diversity. I believe that diversity is not just acknowledged but truly celebrated at Accenture. Despite being such a large company, since the beginning there have been so many people looking out for me and ensuring that I am comfortable so that I can excel at what I do.
How did you show you have a passion for Accenture at the interview?
I took time to prepare before the interview, reading up on Accenture’s history and speaking to people that either worked at the firm at the time or had done previously, to build up a picture in my head of why I wanted to work for Accenture. I then chatted to friends and family ahead of my assessment centre about why I thought Accenture would be a great fit, which solidified these thoughts. On the actual day, I feel like this excitement and desire to work at the firm shone through.
How did you build your commercial awareness before the interview?
I signed up to all the daily newsletters that I could, especially those focused on technology. I read up on stories that particularly interested me. I also listened to podcasts, including Accenture’s ‘Pivot to the Future’ series with Omar Abbosh and will.i.am. I also spent a while reading through Accenture’s website and looking at the client success stories to get a feel for the types of clients that Accenture works with and the type of work that we do.
How have you adapted to working virtually?
At the start it was slightly challenging, especially joining during the height of lockdown in January this year. However, I took it upon myself to reach out and connect with as many people as possible, even though it was over Microsoft Teams! I set up coffee meetings with all types of people, from other analysts to consultants and managers. I find it very important to create a routine when working from home, making time to do the things that I love (whether that’s doing some exercise, going for a walk, reading or cooking).
What has been your working ‘highlight’ thus far?
My highlight on a client project would be facilitating a workshop with a client that went really well and was really productive. I was quite apprehensive about doing this type of work beforehand, but it paid off and we received praise from the client afterwards. Internally, my highlight would be being able to research a topic that I really love and creating a piece of work called a ‘Point of View’ that was circulated around my practice, and then presenting it in a Lunch and Learn session.
What top three tips would you give Bright Network members looking to follow in your footsteps?
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- Develop and try to show your inquisitive nature.
- Keep an open mind and be flexible to different opportunities that may come your way.
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