Wow! It’s been already two months since I started my internship at Accenture! It’s high time to give you some first insights in my daily work life. Unfortunately, we have quite a strict corporate policy, so I cannot tell you any details about the client I am working for. But I can provide you with some impressions and insights that I gained so far, being actively involved in an ambitious work environment.
Right now, I am mostly engaged with the support of the project management team. Tasks include budget planning and monitoring, resource allocation, creating presentation slides as basis of decisions and conducting reporting analyses. Two assignments were especially exciting, and I am a little bit proud that I was able to contribute to them:
When I started my internship, there was a process of collecting data, which then had to be prepared in an appealing way in order to give a daily status update to the managers. The process included various steps, several different applications, was time consuming and vulnerable to errors. I managed to simplify this process by automating most steps and optimizing the most time consuming tasks. In the end, I was able to process all necessary data, build the presentation slides and email them to the managers in less than 2 minutes – which previously took approximately one hour every day.
The second very interesting topic I was working on was a resource usage forecasting tool. Given a set of several different tasks together with their due dates and allocated employees, I implemented a work plan in MS Project. The tool is now not only able to take into consideration every resource’s unavailability on each specific day, but can also tell when resources are over allocated and need to be relieved. When needed, it gives out detailed reports which enable our management team to efficiently plan for the next upcoming months.
So far, it was really a big pleasure working in this team. My colleagues are always friendly and ready to help if I have questions. I enjoyed the constructive work climate and the passion that everybody brings into the project. The team spirit becomes obvious in many ways, e.g. in joint sport activities like badminton and soccer, or various team building events that are always great fun.
Stay tuned for my next update!