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Way In??

 
#1 Way In??
11/05/2005 12:34

RD

Long story, do my best to keep it short. I graduated from university 5 years ago, with a not great degree result (due to dealing with a close family bereavement). That meant I had very little chance of getting my foot in the door at one of the big consultancies I wanted to work for-Accenture being my number 1 choice. So I took a junior role in a large blue chip brand, and have quickly worked my way up. My career path has not been tech related. I have an interview at Accenture on Friday. Any advice on how to overcome my non-tech skills and play on my 5 years of commercial and relationship building skills? Would it be an option to suggest I started as an analyst rather than as consultant as my IT skills are limited?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

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#2 Re: Way In??
11/05/2005 13:14

c00kom01

Don't think Accenture needs an IT background. All they need is somebody you can learn and think fast, communicate articulately and lead. It would help if you have a business process change or project management experience.

I come from a similar backgound. I graduated 2 yrs ago and got a job with a blue chip in finance. My IT skills are limited as well, I have no programming/coding/configuration knowledge, only basic SAP training, system, design and implementaion experience, all around finance. And I got headhunted and got an offer from Accenture...today, starting on a consultant level.

So, don't downplay your skills, try to find examples relevant to consulting (you proposed a change, implemented new process, resolved business issue..) and don't position yourself as an analyst. let them decide.

And I got a question for you as well - why is Accenture number 1 for you?

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#3 Re: Way In??
11/05/2005 13:28

RD

Thanks for the advice. I have client relations skills within a blue chip financial information company, with our client base being mainly banks. I set up the client relations team with a small team in london. I designed the structure of the team, put in place process and have developed best practice. This team is now being rolled out across Europe, so I hope that indicates my capabilities.

Accenture is number 1 for me, because it provides first class training with the opportunity to work with some of the best people in the industry. I feel I have achieved a lot off my own back, and hope that with the training and development offered at Accenture I can really contribute to the team.

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#4 Re: Way In??
11/05/2005 13:34

RD

Congrats on the offer by the way!

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#5 Re: Way In??
11/05/2005 13:40

c00kom01

Thanks. The opportunities they offer are indeed great, and the people I met there were exceptional.

But I already miss my quiet 9-5 job, a familiar system, and a familiar environment. Just being a little silly:-)

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