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Case Study: Ryan Cant

Personal details
Degree:MA Management Profile picture
School(s): School of Management
Year of Graduation:Jun-2013
National of: United Kingdom
Employment details
Organisation: Accenture UK
Job title: Analyst
Occupational Sector: Management Consulting
What has been your route to getting your current position?
I went through the graduate recruiting process for the company, was offered a position in the summer before my fourth year at St Andrews, and took up the offer shortly after graduating.
What does your job involve ?
Working for Accenture is so varied, and that's what I love about it. Accenture is a management consultancy, with a sharp focus on technology - although I have no technical background whatsoever. We focus on generally large scale deliveries, and offer end to end support, partnering with clients that are amongst the biggest companies in the country and world. Right now, my project is focussed on delivering a new set of core systems and associated processes for a large payment acquirer.
What are the best bits of your job ?
The variety, the people and the opportunities.
Why were you successful?
I worked throughout my time at St Andrews, and I feel that this gave me a significant advantage, mainly because it allowed me place my academic learning into a work based context during interview. Being academically strong is important, as it evidences your ability to grasp concepts and structure your work - but real world applicability gave me a huge advantage.
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
Change management was a really useful module - and the concepts contained in it are ones that I use with clients today. Generally, writing skills and being able to logically structure an argument are two key takeaways also.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
My main advice would be to research the company you are applying for. Speak to alumni who work for the firm you are interested in, if you can get access to them. No consultancy is the same, so remember this both when considering which firm you want to work for, and during their application process.