1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a Software Engineering Associate, for a global company called Accenture. Currently I am a data and test analyst working on a client site at Uxbridge working with a team to create and refine an online cloud product that will be made for medical research in the future. I work with and communicate with a number of team members in order to complete day-to-day tasks such as creating documentation, logging system defects and writing test scripts. The majority of my work here is done internally, however there are events that apprentices are invited to, where we meet a range of people from different sectors of the workforce. I have to manage my punctuality, work goals, attendance, coursework, timesheets and targets each and every day. I report to my line manager or my supervisor when appropriate.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
At the moment I am still getting used to the project I am on, however I am learning what I can in order to implement it later in my career. I enjoyed working with the Accenture apprentices over the boot camp and keep in contact with the majority of the group for support and to better integrate into the working world. The company is very people focused, which makes everyone feel approachable, making the flow of work and networking much more comfortable. I am very much enjoying it and would recommend this experience to many young people.
4. How valued do you feel by Accenture?
So far I feel I bring little to the team, however I believe my experience will increase my knowledge so eventually I will be able to contribute to a better degree.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The work is structured well, with training sessions and coursework evenly spread out across the year. The support is excellent as you always have helpful contacts to get information and help from. The mentor system could be a bit better as for me, my buddy/mentor is mainly located in india. The organisation is decently structured with some strengths in some areas and weaknesses in others.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We get lots of support and always feel welcome to get into contact with the many useful links we have at our disposal. It's enjoyable to have a break from work to try different subjects as well.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
In the project I am in at the moment, there isn't much guidance so if forces me to be more self sufficient with my tasks.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is more than most apprenticeships and keeps me covered throughout the year. It is a good amount to make a small saving when careful with my expenditure.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are lots of communities with the company as well as many different clubs, events, activities and voluntary initiatives such as being a language buddy with another employee who is in a different country to improve their language.
9a. Would you recommend Accenture to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It's learning while earning. Much more cost effective than University and could end up being as or more beneficial.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Accenture? *
Take it seriously, as it is a job interview. Do lots of research. Ask any questions when you feel unclear. Stay professional.
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