1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am currently a IT apprentice working for Accenture. I currently work in Canary Wharf with a project called Paperboy where I help create new applications for the client (Barclays). Everyday at 10:00 I attend the daily stand up meeting to discuss what I have been doing and what I plan to do for the day. I also check my emails in case anyone from offshore needs my help.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I absolutely love the programme and the company. Accenture have given me so much and now I can't imagine myself anywhere else. All I want is to keep working for Accenture and keep on satisfying their clients with my work.
4. How valued do you feel by Accenture?
Everyone treats me with the same respect as any other employee would have. I have been invited to many social events and have enjoyed each and every one of them. To be honest, I originally thought that because I am an apprentice, I would be treated differently however I was completely wrong.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Technology is aging rapidly these days so staying on top of everything is incredibly difficult. Accenture know this, however they have managed to keep the programme fairly organised, acknowledging the many possible faults that could happen and taking safe, wise actions to help reduce them.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive good support from my training provider. Whenever I ask a question, I am guaranteed a reply within a day. The answers I receive are always quite useful thanks to the experience the instructor of the module has.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
While they cannot help with the more technical questions I have, they have given me support about what requirements they would like to see in the applications I make. On one occasion, I had to write a report and an aspect of that report had to explain why the employer hired Accenture to help them and they were only too happy to explain to me why.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
To be honest, because I'm the kind of person who doesn't really spend much money, the income I get from Accenture is actually really good. It takes me a train and the DLR to get into work everyday and other than lunch, I don't spend my money on really anything else. From working with Accenture however I have enough money to make a good deposit for a new home.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
The biggest opportunity for me outside of work are the training programmes, not only because they will teach me new things but also because of the locations of some of them. A couple of weeks ago, I was offered to take part in a course in Germany, and although I couldn't go (due to the responsibilities of my project and apprenticeship) I do imagine myself taking part when I have a job with Accenture.
9a. Would you recommend Accenture to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Most of my friends are IT geeks like myself and the opportunity to learn more about technology should not be ignored. A chance to travel the world, to learn new technologies and meet new people is a perfect reason why people should join Accenture.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Accenture? *
When you first come into Accenture, if your new to technology and don't know much about it. Don't give up, because many people are exactly like you. As long as you keep that determination and passion for technology then you will fit perfectly in Accenture's grand puzzle.
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