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Case Study: Lowri Morgan

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Personal details
Degree:Classics Profile picture
School(s): School of Classics
Year of Graduation:Jun-2009
LinkedIn:http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=131555055&trk=hb_tab_pro_top
National of: United Kingdom
Employment details
Organisation: Accenture
Job title: Management Consultant
Occupational Sector: Management Consulting
What has been your route to getting your current position?
I applied to Accenture through the Graduate Entry route whilst in my final year of St Andrews.  The process was remarkably quick and by November 2008 I had a place to start the January following graduation (Jan 2010).
What does your job involve ?
Within Accenture, I am aligned to Marketing Transformation/Customer, therefore my projects tend to focus on Marketing, Brand or Communications departments within large UK banks (my industry aligned being Financial Services). 

What you do within Accenture varies but at the highest level it is programme management.  We get industry and 'skill' alignments to allow us to Programme Manage all the more effectively as we understand the area we are working in and can contribute valuable suggestions and ideas.

Some common tasks prevail however:
  • Meeting with stakeholders (clients)
  • Maintaining tracking tools to show progress
  • Creating meeting / presentation materials
What are the best bits of your job ?
The people are the best part. You get the opportunity to work with excellent people and at a very high level within the client organisation. The variety can also be good.
Why were you successful?
In all honesty, I had no relevant work experience. My tips would be:

  • Grades: With things becoming so competitive, these are being looked at all the more, but in addition, so is,
  • Extra Curricular: It may seem trivial to you, but any opportunities you have had to illustrate leadership/teamwork qualities are of relevance and show you have a get up an go attitude which most employers wants.
  • Be yourself. 
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
Analysis, learning quickly.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
Work/life balance can very much vary based on project, so the career does come with a warning.
If social comes before/equal to work for you, this career may grate as one week you're in London, next Leeds and hours can vary making planning hard. 

If you are after a career, want lots of progression opportunities and good people to learn from, then this is a great career however, or even stepping stone into showing you the working world and what you might want to do.