A morning call with my manager(s) to discuss our priorities for the day before a daily stand up with the remainder of the team. Depending on what the client requires at that point in time, I may be asked to complete a slideshow or work on an excel document. There will always involve a high level of communication as calls are frequent.
The three weeks were a great insight into working life and the culture at Accenture. As well as being encouraged to network with our peers and current Accenture employees, we were given a pro-bono project to work on. At the end of the internship, we presented back our findings to the client and were given great feedback.
Business and Technology Integration focuses heavily on aspects of client and project delivery to achieve business/digital transformation. The role is determined by the client account and project you are assigned with but can generally involve working across the different areas of the software development lifecycle such as designing, building and testing strategic solutions for implementation. It may also cover business analysis, project/programme management, or more technical roles around these categories. Personally, I completed 3 internal projects at a major UK telco focusing on Delivery Assurance, Project Management and Data/Planning.
I worked in testing capacity management for a telecommunications company. The role involves: -attending lots of virtual client and internal team meetings (~4-6 hours a day) -using excel to manage the testing capacity During the meetings we discussed which release cycle changes should go into to use the available capacity in the most efficient/optimal way.
Participated in a pro bono consulting project where we received a problem statement and were placed in teams to identify solutions with guidance from the client and our mentor. Networked and built connections with talented people across the organisation. Listened to presentations on the different areas of Accenture and had the opportunity to ask questions about them. Received training sessions on coding, design thinking, personal branding, giving presentations and agile thinking. Sourced 'side-of-desk' work from other departments we were interested in aligning with. Had daily project team calls, mentor calls 2-3 times a week and 2 client calls throughout the 3 weeks.
I worked on large IT and business transformation projects at high profile client organisations, both as a programme manager and as a software engineer. I regularly facilitated client meetings that brought together the IT teams to discuss technical changes with the impacted business stakeholders. I supported technical architects and business analysts in developing requirements and producing design documentation for software changes. For a separate project, I worked as an integration developer within a large Agile (Scrum) team. I wrote XML and JSON files defining message flows that are responsible for transferring and transforming data that passes between the client’s financial systems.
The placement started with introductions and training, which was a great opportunity to meet other the other interns. The project I started on was less lively than the projects the other interns were part of, and I was able to transfer to my second project soon enough. I remained on my second project for the rest of the year, which provided me some great experience, and social events with colleagues were always welcoming and fun!
Looking back, it was a great experience and I enjoyed every part including the hardships! In the beginning, it’s a little tough as you’re finding your feet and trying to understand such a huge organisation with so many different people, roles etc so it is a bit of a shock to the system. However, once I got my bearings, it was a great experience. Met with an networked with amazing people and made so many new friends!
The internship was a fantastic experience. I was able to learn so much from amazing people across the business and have gained more skills that will help me in my future career. Especially the focus on your strengths is something that sets Accenture apart. This allowed me not only to learn more about myself but use my strengths to make a positive impact in the company. Truly recommend this company and only have good things to say.
The Placement Year with Accenture was extremely rewarding and enjoyable. Accenture take the time to introduce you to key members of staff and around the office to ensure that you settle into your role as comfortably as possible. I completed two projects with Accenture during my Placement Year and both were working in a closely-knitted team that provided a great atmosphere to work in. Accenture give you access to learn a lot of technical and fundamental skills that you can carry on through later life.