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Case Study: Walter Poon

Personal details
Degree:German-Italian-Russian Profile picture
School(s): School of Modern Languages
Year of Graduation:Jun-2015
National of: Hong Kong
Employment details
Organisation: Accenture
Job title: Management Consulting Analyst
Occupational Sector: Management Consulting
What has been your route to getting your current position?
Read German-Italian-Russian at St Andrews. Heard about the company and the industry from a friend. Went to the Career Centre a few times to discuss my application and interview-specific questions. Completed a very long application form, had a telephone interview; a group exercise, a written data-analysis test and a 1:1 interview at the assessment centre.
What does your job involve ?
No two days are the same. It varies from project to project, from client to client. I am lucky - my client is an insurance broker and our team focus on improving their operation in Western Europe. I can use my languages to liaise with different European offices, analyse data / documents and establish rapport with them.
What are the best bits of your job ?
Corporate perks - nice meals and drinks. Meeting interesting and capable people.
Why were you successful?
I would suggest talking to alumni - they have the insider knowledge and are keen to help any students from St Andrews. They also have a better idea of the recruitment process and the day-to-day tasks.
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
One of the many invaluable skills which I developed at St Andrews is communication and interpersonal skill, which has helped me immensely through interview processes and at workplace. My experiences in St Andrews ranging from academic to social / extra-curricular activities at St Andrews have contributed to my confidence, calmness, presentation skills and naturalness of interacting with various senior stakeholders, for which I receive commendations at work.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
If you enjoy working with people, interacting with people, Consultancy is for you. There is a massive social aspect at work. It is a bit like St Andrews. You get to know more about the sector or what the company is doing within the practice by talking to people.