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Owen Barr, Business & Integration Arch Analyst

Owen Barr, Business & Integration Architecture Analyst, Accenture

What does your job involve?

My job is unique in that I get a lot of variety in my work. I'm based with a client, so it depends on the client, but usually my day to day role would be coming in and analysing any problems they have, looking at the tools and architecture they currently have within their technology stream and seeing how we can analyse it and make it slightly better. If we need to make tweaks we bring in our tools or use their own to simplify the whole architecture structure of the client's technology process. Then from that we make suggestions which I would do myself or with our development team to make any necessary changes.

What skills are important to be successful?

A wide range of skills like teamwork skills and analytical skills because I deal with a lot of clients in Asia and America so we need a wide range of communication skills to make sure everything is met to the stakeholder's expectations. There are certain programming skills we may need to have, like data architecture.

What do you love about your job?

The variety. For me, a big thing is having the ability to do the technical stuff when it appears but also to deal with the customers and clients on a daily basis.

How did you get your job?

Accenture have a University Action Team (UAT). They come down and bring their current graduates who have been there for two or three years to your university for open days and specific days to show what they do on a daily basis, what you can do and what they offer. For me it sounded like Accenture give you both the working life and the skills but also a Gaelic and Soccer club. Tuesdays and Thursdays we play football in Kilmacud. It gives you that balance as well.

What advice would you give a first year student?

Don't be afraid of saying your skills aren't up to the match. Just be open. You don't realise how much you learn on the job. I never felt my programming was that great but when I got into the job and got into the flow of things it dramatically picked up. Be open and willing to look at any task and see how you get on. If you don't like it you can always move off or get someone there to help you. The training we get is quite good for that.