Thanks for the reply ASA. Sorry to jump your post again but can you please I hope you can answer my more specific questions.
As I said, I am looking to join ACN and have a choice of applying to Systems Integration and Technology, Analyst Consulting Group (they no longer recruit directly to Management Consulting) or Outsourcing.
I want to apply to SI&T because I have a Computing degree and a bit of experience in the area.
1) There are six areas being "advertised" in SI&T:
- SI (SAP)
- SI (Oracle)
- AIMS (Accenture Information Management Services)
- Technology Consulting (which is broken down into even further subdivisions)
- UK Delivery Centre
1) Is AIMS the same as the IS&F you are part of? What does IS&F stand for?
2) I am not sure which area I would want to join if I was to be hired and like you say "it would be advantageous to have a clear idea of which direction you want to go in and then shape your career in that direction once you arrive."
Are you able to explain a bit about each one (I know you have already to an extent) but particularly the difference in roles and what they offer in terms of future development? HR fail to provide this detail.
3) I am trying to work out where I would be best suited. I hope to carry out "business analyst/systems analyst" type work, i.e. what you mentioned about understanding existing business processes and identify the system requirements. Then be involved in design, testing and roll out but not do coding! Will I get this in all the areas - apart from the UK Delivery Centre of course. I was thinking of joining AIMS because knowledge management is big right now with Enterprise 2.0, etc. but in the long run I worry I will specialise as a Information Management consultant and not have exposure to business processes.
3) The reason I thought some programming might be involved in all of SI&T is because otherwise I do not understand the difference between a Management Consulting Analyst and a SI&T Analyst, since Accenture's "Management Consulting" is technology focussed anyway. So this is not the case? What's the difference between the two then?
Sorry for so many questions but I hope you can help because I am trying to prevent being in your situation 2-3 years from now.