The team was really helpful, very welcoming and I felt that my work had a purpose. The company and the team truly valued me as one of the team member. Additionally, they gave me all the resources and tools needed to perform. It was enjoyable to see that they also wanted me to have fun and learn from my short and remote experience. One of the most satisfying part was to see that we had the opportunity to discuss with many people from different departments.
Since the first days they introduced me to everyone. They made sure I would meet all of the Early Talent team members. It was nice and very much appreciable since I could then ask questions to anyone. In other words, they helped me to do the ice breaker with all the team members. Also, they were really supportive and encouraged me in my research by answering as fast as they could to my messages and by giving me the information needed.
No matter what my questions were, there was always someone eager/specialised to answer me. I was in contact with different people: Managers, Senior Supervisor, Senior Mentor, TAP Mentor, New Hire... Therefore, I had the option to whom I could ask my questions. Nonetheless, I was usually asking the same people to trying to foster team atmosphere and to know my colleagues better. One crucial point was the clearance. The managing team tried to be as clear as they could for our objectives, expectations...
I did not tell myself (not even once) : "Now, I do not have anything to do". Every day I had something to do, something to discover, someone to speak to, or a task to do. Since I was always working with the other intern, we constantly tried to chance ourselves, to explore more and to give a better work. Thus, it kept us busy and helped us to better understand the company mindset. Most of the days, I would work a bit more than 8 hours.
In terms of my project, I and the other intern had full responsibility on our work. I felt that the team needed our deliverables to be more productive so it gave us even more responsibility on our shoulders. Even if I had high responsibilities, the team tried to follow my work, to make sure I (and the other intern) were going in the right direction. Along with the responsibility, we had a lot of freedom concerning our deliverables and it helped us to be more productive, more creative and give more vivid insights.
Thanks to this internship, I developed and enhanced many of my skills: teamwork, communication, problem solving, creativity, digital skills (powerpoint, outlook, intranet...), research skills. The good thing about the skills I have enhanced is that no matter what job I will need to do in the future, I will always need them. Therefore, I felt like this internship has given me more than just knowledge but also a special know-how of how to properly work.
Since I was not in the office, I am not able to asses nor describe the general atmosphere there. Notwithstanding, I can speak about the general atmosphere of the team. It seemed that all my co-workers were more than just working together, it felt like they actually liked each other and considered the other ones as true friends on which they could count on at any point. One aspect I personally liked was the sincerity, people were genuine with you, your feedback, and the work you did.
It was very well organised. When I started the first day, I had all the right tools: my laptop, mouse, access codes. Something that was really well designed was the first session we had with people from the IT to make sure that we were ready to work well. In terms of the structure of the internship, I enjoyed the fact that I had weekly meetings with my mentors, TAP buddy, recruiting team, management team.
Money wise, I would not be able to quantify it. However, time wise, I can try to gage it. The team invested a lot of time and effort on me as they were constantly trying to make sure I would strive to give the best of myself. My colleagues were also trying to make sure I would enjoy my internship even though I was not able to go to the office or meet them face to face.
I think Accenture gave me the right tool to work well and I also think that other companies know it. Therefore, I hope I will be able to work for Accenture and take part in the TAP programme but if Accenture decides otherwise, I think that this internship can be used as a leverage for my professional life. Accenture attracts me and I am sure I would enjoy my time there, mostly because the company has a really well developed HR department.
The team that recruited used was trying to make sure that we could know the other interns quite well, so we had many socials. It came to a point were even the interns started to have their own social events. I liked it because I did not feel that there was a competitive mindset but more a cooperative one. I almost met some of my colleagues face to face but due to the situation I did not.
The cost of living and socialising was relatively low - baring in mind that I am comparing it with the other remote experiences I had in the summer -since all my co-workers were open and wanted us to learn, I personally did not feel any constrained when it came to socialising. Physically speaking, the actual flat I was living in was quite expensive but well located, so a lot of my salary went for my rent.
I guess the purpose for me was not to have a dynamic nightlife as I wanted to perform well in my work, I was fully dedicated to my internship and focused less on everything else.I had the chance to have 2 flatmates so then I could do something with them such as watching football and having dinners together. But then again, the nightlife was not my priority and amid the coronavirus pandemic, it is also quite difficult to have a nightlife.
I tried to help a parish close to. my place so then I had other things to thin about. However, this is the only thing I can think of. I went out with friends also from time to time but that does not entail that I was involved in any particular type of activity. Due to the sanitary situation and coronavirus crisis, it was complicating to be engaged with any particular entity since most of them were closed.
Internship (1-4 Months)
27th October 2020