Degree: Management science (BSc), 1st, University of Wales
Year of graduation: 2004
Job title: Consultant at Accenture
What do you do in your job?
At its broadest, my job as a consultant involves being aware of my clients’ needs and having a clear understanding of how I can help them to achieve their objectives. On a day-to-day basis, this requires an understanding of which steps best serve their priorities. I do this by helping my client manage change. I talk to different stakeholders within the business and help them assess the effect of change on areas of concern to them.
What was your motivation in applying?
I had already been in work for a year before applying to join Accenture – this helped me to see what my strengths and weaknesses were, and what motivated me. One of my friends recommended that I consider joining Accenture, and after some initial research on the company website and conversations with existing employees, I decided that it would allow me the opportunity to learn new skills, while making the most of my strengths.
What did the application process involve?
I submitted a formal application form online. Following this, I was interviewed at the London office. Having passed this phase, I attended a group assessment day, during which eight applicants took part in group exercises, formal interviews and Q&A sessions.
What do you enjoy about your job?
The best aspect is the time I spend with my colleagues. I believe that the people at Accenture are the company’s strongest asset, which is essential and very apparent in project-based work.
Most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging part of my job is coping with change, whether this relates to a client’s shifting priorities or expectations, working with new team members, or taking on new responsibilities. Working at Accenture offers great potential in terms of the challenges that you can take on. However, this also makes it critical to be able to balance commitments to clients, your own employer, your colleagues and ultimately to your own career.
Advice to readers considering a career in your field:
Research the industry and the company you want to apply to thoroughly. While it is rewarding, working in consulting is also demanding, and to be successful you need to be able to commit to deliver the value that your clients expect.