We caught up with Nia to find out how she landed her terrific placement with Accenture for next year and how she left no stone unturned in the application process!
Why did you choose Accenture?
I had always been interested in consulting as a potential career choice since starting university. Whilst doing research, I came across Accenture and read about the various industries and businesses they work with. Shortly afterwards, I got the opportunity to network with Accenture at Bright Network’s Women in TEC 2019 event. The graduates I spoke to were so friendly and approachable, and they gave me a very in-depth insight into what working at Accenture is like. Having heard how positive their experiences had been, I knew that I wanted to work for Accenture too.
How did you prepare for your interview/assessment centre?
I made sure I left no stone unturned when it came to my preparation for the assessment centre. Firstly, I carried out detailed research into the company, making sure I was familiar with the kind of work they do, which industries they work with and what my role on the industrial placement would involve. Furthermore, I also read up on Accenture culture and their core values and kept a mental outline of how these aligned with my natural strengths on the day of the assessment centre. In addition, reading Accenture’s Careers Blog on their website gave me some more insight into the type of projects that analysts work on and day to day life at Accenture.
As well as the above, one stage of my assessment centre involved conducting some research into one of Accenture’s Technology Trends 2019 (before the day of course), then talking through the research for 10 minutes before being asked questions on it by the assessor. Here, I was careful to use all the resources available on the Accenture website (reports, articles, video clips etc), but I also added my own thinking into the research by considering how my chosen trend could be implemented in an industry and what its commercial benefits could be. I even created a little handout for the assessor to read and follow so as to clearly and concisely demonstrate my ideas.
What would you say to other students looking to follow in your footsteps?
Make sure to thoroughly research the company you’re interested in, particularly their culture and core values and think about how these match with your values and strengths. Secondly, relate all your experiences back to the company – what skills have you learnt, how can they help you in your career etc. Finally, take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way! Even if it doesn’t work out, you learn from every experience and that will help you grow as a person.
How did Bright Network help you throughout your time at university?
Bright Network have so many amazing resources on their website which I made use of whilst applying, from structuring a CV to tips for an assessment centre. They even have in-depth information into a wide range of careers, which is really helpful if you’re looking for a headstart. Their events are also a great opportunity to network with firms and other students and gain inside tips on getting ahead in your career. I’m very grateful to Bright Network for all the help they’ve given me so far!