1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
The role started with an Initial 4 weeks of java training which was quite enjoyable. After this the work is project based at client sites in various roles. Roles can differ from Web Development to SQL and everything in-between.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Along with the obvious technical skills such as software development fundamentals and Java, I have also developed my teamwork and social skills. As we are still in the first few weeks I am sure there is much more I will learn.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy the way the programme is structured, the 7 apprentices that started together have become quite close. The buddy system is quite good in case you have any questions about the programme from other apprentices in their later years.
4. How valued do you feel by Accenture?
Accenture make the apprentices feel very valued by spending a lot of time behind them. A lot of thought has been put into the programme and from what I've heard, you are treated like a regular employee rather than an apprentice which means a lot of involvement in tasks/projects.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
As mentioned previously the programme is very well structured. The 4 weeks of initial java training along with the sdf course provided a solid foundation to begin a career in IT. The buddy system is very well thought out and studying is done online when you have time.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Training providers upload a weekly video which are average. There is a website on which you can ask any questions you have, however I have not used this yet. We also have 2 face to face days every few weeks which give us some contact time.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Support from the employer is really good. The HR team are very helpful as well as the recruitment team who are happy to help answer any questions or queries. They understand we are apprentices so are a little more lenient.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Living in London is quite expensive. The salary covers my costs but requires me to budget quite well. As accommodation is very expensive in London, this takes a significant portion of the salary.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Working in such a big company has many positives such as many company events, meetings, conferences and talks. Along with this there are a wide range of clubs and societies to chose from which have their own meeting times outside of work.
9a. Would you recommend Accenture to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The chance to both get a degree and work at the same time is amazing. You use what you learn in your training/university and apply to your everyday work which strengthens your understanding and vice versa. The soft skills you learn from working are essential for everyday life which I believe you just don't get from university.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Accenture? *
Show genuine passion for the role. Being prepared is the probably the main thing. Read up on the company, show that you really want this place. Be prepared to answer why Accenture? Why technology? Once at the assessment centres just be calm and remember the other candidates are in the same boat as you.
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