Company of the Week: Career tips and tricks from Accenture’s Senior Consultant

Hi there!

My name is Jori Stjerna and I’m working at Accenture’s Technology Strategy practice. Our team focuses on cross-industrial projects, which helps companies achieve greater business value from technology. At the moment I’m in between projects and therefore helping in creating proposals covering such topics as Enterprise architecture definition, IT strategy update and Application maintenance outsourcing. In this blog post I was about to write about my last project, but then again I thought that the added value for you, the reader, might not be that much by reading how kick-offs, workshops, as-is states, gap analysis, to-be states, roadmaps and cost estimations are done.

Therefore, I would like to share some tips and tricks I have learnt along the way. Just like our former prime minister I’ll stick with three topics:

  1. Self-development: as most of us already know, lifetime employment is a forgotten concept. Therefore, perhaps the most important virtue one can have is the never ending thirst to develop oneself and also the courage to step into the unknown when needed. For example one can
    1. after every project/bigger task write down lessons learnt, achievements and improvement areas
    2. reach out and request unofficially a more senior person to be a mentor
    3. be the person who gives an ad-hoc speech front of strangers
    4. attend trainings and certification exams
  2. It’s who you know: When I got my first promotion our country lead gave me words of wisdom “In the beginning of your career it’s all about what you know, but at some point it becomes about who you know.”. Be active, join conversations and build your network with seniors, juniors and peers. And most of all, don’t be a fool who burns bridges with persons, companies or even dogs – they might bite you back when you expect it the least.
  3. Try stuff: Life is an adventure both in work and private life. Seek new things, don’t be afraid and see strangers as friends you don’t know yet. From my point of view experience (whatever it is) is capital nobody can take away. Moreover, it broadens your understanding, strengthens your confidence and enables you to build rapport with people how have been in similar situations. Couple of sentences from one of my favorite movies ‘The Beach’:

For mine is a generation that circles the globe
in search of something we haven’t tried before
so never refuse an invitation
never resist the unfamiliar

never fail to be polite
and never outstay your welcome

 

Wishing you all the best for your journey into the unknown,

Jori Stjerna

IT Strategy Senior Consultant

Accenture Strategy