IT and telecoms

Robert Ducie

Degree subject BSc IT & Telecoms (2004), MSc Bioinformatics (2005)
Job title Analyst
Employer Accenture

I've been in my current job since September 2005. The interview process was pretty rigorous and involved two rounds with up to three interviews in one day. Don't be put off by this: the interviewers are relaxed and chatty, and their aim is simply to get to know you better.

My job consists of upgrading and maintaining software for our client and ensuring that their IT network is working efficiently and without hitches. With my current project I spend half my time in Belfast and the other half in Dublin. I've done quite a lot of travelling already: in my first month here we had two weeks' training in London followed by two weeks in Chicago. Moving about on projects and training means you get to meet a lot of interesting people.

The typical working day is from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm although this can vary depending on your role and project type. A short-term project, for example, will be more intense and require more hours' overtime than a long-term project. My employer has a very definite career path: two years as an analyst, then three years as a consultant before moving to management level, which is my long-term aim.

Tips for graduates

It is important to note that management consultancy firms like Accenture value graduates from all backgrounds; both technical and non-technical. If you are considering a career in this field you will need to be flexible both geographically and time-wise as you may need to relocate depending on the project you're assigned to.