Moved to undertake a role of an analyst in the London Innovation Centre (Client Innovation Services team). I was part of the design team tasked to deliver “breakthrough thinking” strategic workshops to c-suite clients.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Undertaking a placement at Accenture was a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. I was granted a lot of trust and responsibility at work, which also came with a tremendous amount of support from my team. The work experience at Accenture was a milestone in my personal growth in terms of the new skills that I was able to gain and the existing skills that I further developed.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Even though I joined Accenture only for a placement programme, I never felt that it had limited any opportunities available for me. I was treated like any other Analyst working at Accenture full-time. My colleagues were investing their time and effort in helping me to equip myself with all the skills and capabilities needed for me to become an integral part of the team. I felt that my colleagues wanted to hear my opinion. Even more, they were encouraging me to speak up more often, and were advising me to grow my confidence in dealing with more senior stakeholders.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
At all times, both my buddy and my line manager were paying close attention to my personal development. They were easily approachable, and I knew I could seek their advice at any time. We held weekly or bi-weekly meetings in order to communicate feedback and discuss my goals and outline further opportunities for growth.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
At any given day, I would have a list of things on my to-do list. I would always be occupied with work. There were times when I had too many things to get through, but I do believe that the amount of work that I had came as a result of my proactivity and willingness to learn.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was never viewed as a placement student and was carrying out responsibilities similar to those of an A2 Analyst. I was given the opportunities to work with some of the most high-profile clients within Accenture, and I always felt that I have a direct contribution to every project I was involved in.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The placement enabled me to build on the solid foundation that I gained at the University and apply those skills in the organisational context. Stakeholder management is one of the areas in which I gained a wide practical experience whilst on placements. At work, I owned relationships with senior stakeholders both internally and externally. This responsibility gave me exposure to a vast amount of independent decision-making. It also allowed to improve on self-management.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere is very friendly and relaxed. Moreover, the office is designed beautifully, with lots of comfortable work spaces that don't have a usual office feel.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I believe my placement at Accenture was very well structured, and it was felt from the time when I was contacted by Accenture HR with the offer. All deadlines were outlined upfront and constant communication was maintained in order to ensure that we were on track.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There are lots of opportunities to undertake various trainings. However, the initiative to do that should come from the individual. I wanted to focus on work, so I have undergone only 1 formal day-long training.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing. The company seeks to employ interns/placement students, given that they performed well during their time in the company.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social life at Accenture is pretty good. Within my team, we would have a team social every month. Overall, I know that all projects, especially the big ones, are very good at organising a lot of team parties/dinners.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Lunch can cost you anything from £4-£15 depending on what options you choose. Overall, there is a great choice of cafes/restaurants where you can buy lunch near the office.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The office is located in the City. I didn't go out in that area, but I can assume there should be some places.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are social clubs you can join within Accenture. Moreover, Accenture is supporting the employees that want to dedicate some time to do some volunteering work, so you can do that.