1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am currently in training, learning about a Cloud Business Software Suite called Netsuite which helps companies manage core business processes with a single, fully integrated system covering ERP/financials, CRM, ecommerce, inventory and more. This will eventually involve me working with a company to fix, remove and add different essential working environements for the companies needs.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt a lot of new skills with learning a new piece of software as I have been given access to all of the training courses available for this software. I have also improved some of my basic IT, English skills as I have had to email people more than I used to so it helps me improve my IT skills from using similar software daily but also when writing out an email as I have had to think before actually writing out an email so that I ensured it didn't cause any confusion once they received it.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The Apprenticeship programme is amazing I feel especially for being 17 as I am working within a professional environment that not many people of my age get the opportunity to, and getting a qualification without having to pay for the courses which allows me to save my pay check for when I start looking to buy my own house or car. Also there are bonuses for working with Accenture such as the Accenture Advantage page which allows me to buy stuff online for employee prices, discounts or getting WOW points which is an online currency to spend on stuff that I want to get. And there are many more bonuses with being on the programme.
4. How valued do you feel by Accenture?
Within Accenture I feel more valued than I first thought since less than a year ago I was in a school environment where you weren't valued as much since you were a 'child'. People treat you more professionally and take your thoughts within discussions which makes me feel more involved and willing to participate in meetings or activities.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is very organised as it is all laid out to you from day one so that you know what is going to happen over the years regarding training at College or University and what could happen with working for Accenture. You get given a 8 week Boot camp that allows you to start learning the technical skills, personal skills and eases you into what work you will be doing at College and the work environment.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
With my current tutor I believe that I am getting the best training that I can get as he answers all your questions even if you aren't at College on the day which makes it easier for us to get answers that we require so we can complete the work on time which is important for any assignment work. He shows a keen interest in what we do both in are roles and in the classroom environment so that he can focus are learning around are job role so we can use are job roles as an extra resource to help us complete work that he may set.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Within the workplace I get good support as I can approach anyone on my team about matters that I may have concern with which I feel you sometimes don't get in certain Apprenticeships. I have a buddy who is my first point of contact who I can speak to, I can got to my line manager if a matter may need to be addressed about a bigger or personal matter, I also have someone I can go to who I can ask if I feel that talking to my buddy or line manager is too much and finally I can approach my HR who can address nearly every matter that I have being either personal or work based.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
With currently still living with my parents the wage that I get covers more than what I need since the main expense I have to pay is car insurance which I pay yearly so the money that I save up can easily pay for this, still leaving me with enough money to buy stuff that I for social, travel and daily costs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
With working for Accenture there is lots of opportunities for us as there is many company events such as the Christmas party which allows the whole Newcastle work force to relax and enjoy time off work. Also there is opportunities to attend school events to show people what the Accenture Apprenticeship or Graduate scheme has to offer which allows you to improve many personal skills such as leadership or presentation skills but can also allow you to gain contacts with different people which can improve both your work and social environments with being able to talk and exchange favors with one another.
9. Would you recommend Accenture to a friend?
It is one of the best ways to get into the IT industry without needing to go through University and having to pay for a course as the Apprenticeship scheme pays for that, gives you job experience and potentially can give you a full time job at the end of the scheme which you sometimes are't offered with other Apprenticeships.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Accenture?
If you want to apply for an Accenture Apprenticeship you should ensure that you include everything that you have done on your CV that ca be considered useful in a work environment as the more examples of different skills you can show the better as it is easy for you to put on your CV the skills without examples. Also ensuring that you prepare, keep calm and be confident (not cocky) during the Telephone or Assessment day event so that you can show Accenture that you are willing to do more than just the every day job.
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