After graduating with my bachelor degree in physics I spent a couple of years working for a consulting company, Accenture, before going back to school for my PhD.
I spent my time doing technical work: mostly programming and program testing. As a consultant, I was put on projects for other companies in different locations with projects lasting about half a year to a year. I liked this aspect, that I wasn’t always in the same place doing the same thing. It was both challenging and fun and my coworkers were great.
I also felt like my hard work was truly appreciated and innovation was always welcomed. People skills are definitely important as a lot of the job involved interfacing with clients. The job does potentially require a lot of travel and sometimes to unsavory destinations but I did all of my work in the Chicago area.
More details if you’re interested in this post:
- Important qualities to get the job:
Accenture seems to hire people with good grades, who have leadership skills, people skills and who are self-motivated.
- What is the typical salary level in the first 5 years?
More than $50K/year.