A lot of what I learned in the lectures has come in handy very often. I am in a fairly technical role, and having the solid technical base that I developed during my time in Maynooth has helped me immensely. Outside of academics, I would say I developed my interpersonal skills by simply talking to new people, be it lecturers, colleagues, friends etc. Also, a lot of time management skills from trying to juggle so many assignments at one time!
I came into Accenture straight out of college. I was actually amazed that I got the job as I had absolutely no prior work experience to speak of. I started with Accenture in July 2015, and moved straight onto the Google account. I started on the gTech Partners Team as the Continuous Improvement and Innovations Lead. In this role, I firmed up their reporting structure (building out dashboards, writing data queries), introduced more data analysis into the team and ran a number of automation projects. After a year working in this role, I moved into a more analytics heavy role in another area of Google. In this role, I am building out new analytics and forecasting systems that are used by the team to dictate how they alter their marketing spend.
What I really like about my current role is that you are always doing something different and having to learn a new skill. The business needs are constantly changing, and the analysis required and therefore the techniques required have to change with them.
I learned about Accenture through the course talks and events that Accenture ran on campus throughout my final year. They gave me the opportunity to learn about the company and what they do, as well as engage with employees and former Maynooth students and hear about their experiences with the company.
I would say put yourself out there and learn as much as you can about the company or sector you are looking to get into. For me personally, I learned as much as I could about Accenture and went to all of their events, and that really made a difference when it cam to interviews as it showed that I was interested in the company. I would also say to everyone to keep an open mind when entering the job market. Whether you know exactly what you want to do, or whether you are completely clueless, don't disregard any career just because it isn't quite what you planned initially. I know myself when I started college, I didn't know exactly what I would like to do, consultancy definitely didn't cross my mind, and now I am in a job where I am with great people, doing really interesting work that I am really good at, so I guess it worked out pretty well for me!