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!
My manager in particular was amazing and would continuously praise me when I produced some good work. He also gave me constructive criticism which I’ll take with me so yes I felt very valued by him and my team. Our team was global (US, Canada, India and the UK) so it was only my manager and I in the UK so I’m so glad he made me feel valued and helped me to grow professionally
The support was great from my manager, I could message him in the evenings if I had any questions regarding work needed for the next day, and he would respond happily. The placement team did a great job in the end, however, in the beginning, I’m aware there were some changes in the team meaning the support initially wasn’t great and we all felt a bit lost. However, after this stumbling block in the beginning, the placement team were great especially Ceyda
Very, very busy! But I genuinely think this was because of the project I was on. It was fast paced with a high pressure capital markets client- so you can imagine the work load! Because there was so much to do at certain periods of time such as quarter ends, some days I had very little to do, which I didn’t mind because it gave me a bit of a breather. I would say my workload was quite balanced
I was given some responsibility. In the beginning stages, my manager would check all my work however, towards the end, especially when we were working from home due to the pandemic, I had to take more responsibility. For example I would email clients using my initiative, prepare decks, organise meetings with key stakeholders and senior manager etc and my manager would just let me get on with it. I must admit sometimes I did make some mistakes but no big deal as my manager would shoot me an email, letting me know and I would try not to do it again
Doing a placement year was honestly the best decision I’ve made so far! The knowledge you gain from the job just made me understand my degree so much more, so many things aren’t foreign concern anymore but are things that I’ve actually learnt on the job and now understand. Basically, this placement year allowed me to make my theoretical knowledge practical. Accenture also offer loads of free training so I’ve come out with a foundation certification in business analysis and in software testing which is great
The office is so grand and beautiful but there are so many people it’s crazy. So you don’t really know too many people because you sit in different desks most days as well. There was always free food and social events which were a good touch. The atmosphere is a good atmosphere but it is quite serious, you have managing directors in their suits walking around and everyone is dressed really professionally, despite this though the social events were fun!
It was quite organised not so much in the beginning though but I think this was due to the placement team changing. Placement students kind of had to figure it out by themselves in the beginning. Looking back now though, that’s not such a bad thing because it actually made me stronger (I know that sounds cliché but it’s true!) I feel like I got a real grasp of the real professional world because we weren’t spoon fed at all
So many opportunities for training and development, you’re literally always receiving emails and all you have to do is sign up. When you first start, you do a 3 day training and if you pass the exams, you come out with two different foundation certifications. I also did training in artificial intelligence and was starting my aws training which Accenture funded, however due to the pandemic I was unable to complete this. Great opportunities to learn and develop yourself!
Working from home
Very exciting, I actually got a graduate offer so I’m looking to go back if things don’t change. There is so much potential to grow in Accenture as there are always promotions taking place which everyone in the company can apply for. I feel like working for Accenture, if you’re dedicated and work hard, you are recognised for this and there is great potential to climb up the corporate ladder faster than in other companies
Yes, every month from January, us placement students had a social from breakfast, to go karting to ping pong etc so yes the social scene was good. The social scene amongst colleagues was good also. Literally every day there’d be a social event as Accenture is so large. They’re fun and always subsidised by the company so you rarely pay anything- free food, drinks etc I attended many events but if I was to go back I’d attend even more
I lived in London and as you can imagine it was very expensive to live there. After I paid my rent, I wasn’t left with too much. I wasn’t poor though and could still have a good time. I also worked in central London so lunch was expensive and I mostly stuck to the affordable Sainsbury’s meal deals or brought in my own lunch some days when I had the time. So yes central London is an expensive place to work
London has a great nightlife, so fun and so many people to meet. I went to different spots, met different people and all in all had a fantastic experience. Definitely excited to move back and live my best life and enjoy myself. There’s something for everyone too especially because London is so multicultural which is great. You should check shoreditch out- so fun in the day and at night, also I met a big American celebrity there once- a highlight!
Yes , lots of training available. Also, at Accenture you get 3 days off to complete charity work which I think is a great concept. I only used 1 unfortunately but it is highly encouraged to use your days and get involved with charity work. Also so many social activities that helps you make friends in such a large organisation. All in all there are many opportunities, you get sent via email or hear of by word of mouth and it’s up to you to get involved
Placement Year (10 Months+)
25th November 2020