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Life After Accenture?

 
#1 Life After Accenture?
04/05/2005 09:45

Jaded

Most of the postings on this site are from people wanting advice on getting into IT Consulting; however I'd be interested in hearing from people who have left. I'd be especially interested to hear from people who didn't enjoy ACN but have now either joined a well respected company in a more business role or people who have found their niche in a smaller consulting firm with a greater sense of stewardship. Anyone with an opposite view are also welcome to comment. Cheers

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#2 Re: Life After Accenture?
06/05/2005 10:17

Faye

Hi,

I left ACN almost 2 years ago and have never looked back! Although my earnings are now lower, I am working in a truly business-focused role in a not-for-profit, public sector related organisation. I am well respected for my knowledge and capabilities and have true autonomy in my work, rather than being defined by my level as I was in ACN. Plus I have a permanent central London office base, a 35 hour week, great benefits and flexi-time. Bliss!

If you want to make that leap, be brave: ACN does carry a lot of weight on the CV and there are plenty of opportunities out there.

All the best, Faye

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#3 Re: Life After Accenture?
06/05/2005 11:49

ex-acn

I can similarly relate to Faye's situation, which is probably not too disimilar to a number of other people who have also left ACN or any of the big consulting practices. I left ACN almost five years ago (having joined as a grad) to move into a smaller organisation, where I would have a bigger say in my role, more automony and responsibility. I greatly benefited from the switched, since the safety net that the ACN heirachal structure created, meant that one could now and then be quite constrained with regards to the working practices that one would be allowed to execute. Having left, I greatly benefited from a professional perspective and within a short space of time, the scope of my role and thus experiences expanded quite significantly, beyond the usual roles (testing; IT project management; software and systems delivery role which a typical ACN analyst and consultant performs) to a role which required me to develop commercial skills by initiating and engaging senior clients in both the business and IT and thereafter manage that relationship from the initial selling and strategic discussion, to the implementation of such strategies and beyond to maintain such relationships. Such a role would not have been a possibility for a C2. This will be a scenario that many people who leave ACN, will find refreshing. Although, one would say that a lot of these opportunities is due to the ACN experience that one has, which will always be invaluble.

The irony from my perspective, is that having spent the last three years outside consulting and successfully building a high tech company, I am now heading back to consulting, with my likely destination being one of the large consulting firms. Since, although, there are advantages to working in a small firm, there is no substitution for the huge number of opportunites that a global consulting firm provides along with the long term career prospects of making partner/director/VP etc.

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