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Rosie Sackett

I chose management consulting within health and public service because I really wanted to combine my science and commerce background.

What's your name and job title?

Rosie Sackett – Business and Technology Delivery senior analyst.

What did you study? When did you graduate?

A Bachelor of Commerce (International Business) and a Bachelor of Science (Pathology) at UNSW Sydney. I graduated in 2016.

Where did you grow up? Can you tell us about some important stages of your life in regards to your education and any previous employment or experience abroad? 

I grew up on a farm 30 minutes outside of Wagga Wagga. 

During my gap year, I worked five jobs to save for a trip overseas and then spent five months living and volunteering at a school in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

When I moved to Sydney for university I lived at New College, which was such a great experience and a great way to get involved and meet lots of people. Working for UNSW Science and UNSW Future Students as a student ambassador and having a part-time job throughout my degree was an invaluable experience – not just for the money to get me through university!

I went to the University of Edinburgh for a semester on exchange, which I would absolutely recommend! 

How did you get to your current job position? For how long have you had it? 

I’ve been working at Accenture since May 2018. I applied to Accenture when the graduate applications were open in April 2017. In late 2017 I found out that I had been offered a graduate position after two interviews and a few other assessments. 

How did you choose your specialisation? Were you weighing up any other alternatives before choosing this specialisation? 

I chose management consulting within health and public service because I really wanted to combine my science and commerce background. Essentially this means that I work with clients each day to help resolve complex problems to benefit our citizens. I also know that my strengths lie in understanding and communicating about technologies rather than building them, so this helped me choose management consulting! 
I also chose Accenture because I wanted to work for a company that values diversity – from our clients to the work we deliver, to the people we work with. 

What was your interview process like? What kind of questions were you asked?

I was incredibly nervous, but both of my interviews went really well and were more like conversations. I had two interviews, the first with a senior manager and the second with a managing director. The interviews were a mix of getting to know me and what I am interested in combined with my knowledge of Accenture. 

What does your employer do?

Accenture is a professional services firm, meaning we help solve our clients’ challenges by providing our services and expertise in any area from strategy to consulting, digital, technology and operations. We bring innovative solutions to clients to improve the way the world works and lives.

What are your areas of responsibility?

I work in Accenture Consulting within the health and public service industry. This means that it’s my role to assist clients to transform their business by finding the best solutions to meet their unique needs, which ultimately improves experiences for citizens. 

Can you describe a typical work day? What was the last thing you worked on?

A typical work day involves heading to a client’s site, logging on and checking and responding to emails. I’ll then get a coffee with the team and discuss key areas that we are working on and need help with. I might have a few client meetings and will then spend the afternoon liaising with my team and client stakeholders to develop a presentation and some communication materials. 

I’ve just delivered a piece of work to our client that involves a number of communications and a stakeholder engagement plan, which they will use to facilitate their work on a telecommunications upgrade at a number of client locations across Australia.  

What are the career prospects with your job? Where could you or others in your position go from here?

Everyone at Accenture has a career counsellor who is there to provide career support and mentoring throughout your career.  

Could someone with a different background do your job?

Yes! Accenture is looking for lots of different people who have a passion for tackling complex problems and love technology. The skills you learn throughout your degree are applicable in so many different areas of our business. 

What would your career be if you weren’t doing what you’re doing now? 

The truth is I have no idea! I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I finished university but I somehow found consulting and I’m really enjoying it! 

What do you love the most about your job? Which kind of task do you enjoy the most? 

I love when our clients come to us with problems and we are able to develop an approach to solving them. This combines my interest of tackling complex challenges or issues and helping our clients achieve results. Also, I love that we get to work with lots of different clients each day but also get involved in so many Accenture initiatives. It’s almost like having two jobs that you love.

What’s the biggest limitation of your job? Do you bear a lot of responsibility? 

My biggest limitation is that there are not enough hours in the day to do all of the exciting things that Accenture and our clients have to offer! Each role differs in responsibility, it really depends! There are lots of opportunities to take on more responsibility as you progress through your career. 

Do you have to work on weekends? Are the stress levels high?

The weekends are my time to relax so I generally don’t do any work on weekends, only very occasionally. I’m generally able to complete my client delivery work and my extra-curricular work at Accenture, without sacrificing my priorities outside of work. As a graduate at Accenture, you are well supported on your projects and in anything else you may be involved in. If you are feeling stressed, the teams around you are there to provide support. Ensuring that you have time to do the things that are important to you and reduce stress levels is a particular focus at Accenture.  

Which three pieces of advice would you give to a current university student?

  • Get involved and have fun! 
  • Extra-curricular activities (including work!) are equally as important as your studies. 
  • Have confidence in your ability! Apply for the jobs, go on exchange, accept the position on that society – you never know what opportunity it may lead to.