1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Project management office (PMO) - compiling slides for programmes, understanding status updates on various workstreams & general admin work. For example, updating & maintaining RAID logs, tidying up a share point and updating various delivery and programme plans. I also undertake various ad hoc work which can involve providing various workstreams with information, and often also take minutes from a number of meetings. This has given me a lot of skills.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, I have learned alot. I have firstly improved my excel skills significantly - I can now use pivot tables, conditional formatting, the if function, vlookups and a number of other various formulas. I also have a greater understanding of how formulas work and hence am able to resolve issues. I have also learned about RAID logs and how to update and maintain them. I also have learnt a lot about taking minutes, something I found very difficult at the beginning of my internship.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the programme quite a bit, particularly because I have met a lot of new people and learned a lot about the capita markets industry. The day to work can often be a bit monotonous and boring but I think that that is just the nature of PMO work/roles. I am very glad I have done the horizons scheme however and would highly recommend to anyone purely because of the number of opportunities I have gained in this internship.
4. How valued do you feel by Accenture?
i don't necessarily feel that valued because I find myself on some days sat around not being asked to do work as people think it is easier to do the job themselves than it is to ask me for any help, as involving me will require large amounts of explaining things to me. I do however feel like a huge part of the account, but I find that most of my other colleagues do not seem to be having the same amount.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is well organised I think, but since the induction week we haven't really been given much guidance I feel. When we joined we had a week of training and then went straight off to our new roles. When I joined my new role I had to wait 3 weeks before I had any access and then I had to wait another 2 to 3 weeks before anyone had any work to give me. Effectively this made me feel like I had waste an entire month of my internship so I think that this could have been handled better. I understand that access does take time but I feel like perhaps this could have been sorted out earlier, and perhaps if not people could have given me non client based work to do. When I also joined I was given a role and emailed my manager but I had not been contacted back and on the Sunday before I was frantically worrying about the whole job and what to do on the Monday. It turns out I had been given the wrong person and project info. However I do feel like we should have found out our roles before hand in order to give us time to sort out issues like this.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I don't think that there is a lot of training provided. During our first week we had one day of excel training and other than that I don't feel like we had any training or even much of an overview as to how the company works and/or is run. I think that we could have been given more of this. There are trainings available for capital markets but most of them are not for interns.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I feel like this varies on a basis as to who your line manager is. 2 of my managers have provided me with significant amounts of support particularly as I had a car crash and have been severely suffering from whiplash for almost 3 months. They have been helpful and flexible and even when starting a new role very much approachable. However one of them was not - he would not let me take time off at all (even the day after the accident) and had made my time very difficult. I would have contacted Accenture as a company to escalate this but I did not feel like I knew who the best point of contact was so I didn't.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I feel like the salary is a good amount however for an 8 month internship given that I am working in London I find that I have to spend approximately £180-200 per month on trains alone. I also find myself paying a similar amount of money on lunch as the city is very expensive. As the rest of my money is being saved for travel I therefore find I have very little spending money, however I find that for people who are not saving this might be easier. If people have to pay rent though I don't think this would reach very far. I also think interns do not at all get recognised even if we work 12 hour days, yet sometimes are still expected To.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I think there are on my account as a whole, but these are primarily just sporting activities. I don't think I have been made aware of much I do within the firm. Perhaps this could have been a beneficial use of time in the induction week because I have not necessarily been made to feel like a part of the company as I am missing out on various opportunities.
9a. Would you recommend Accenture to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The company has a wonderful culture and is a very good place to begin a career. There are so many opportunities and these are in so many different fields, I think it's such a broad experience that Accenture can give you until you work out what is best for you. The company is also very flexible and treat employees well so I would highly recommend this to anyone.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Accenture? *
I would say people need to be flexible for example you may not get a role in the field that you want but the best thing to do is embrace it with an open mind as you may find that you are in fact well suited towards this role after all. I would also advise doing research on what consulting is because I think it is something that's very difficult to pin point.
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