Pupils and staff have returned to Canford for the new academic year to a brand new library and Assembly Hall complex.
Placement with Accenture for Upper Sixth Canfordian
Many congratulations to Upper Sixth pupil Anna van Wingerden, who has been awarded a place on the Accenture Horizons Scheme starting in September 2018.
Accenture works with 4,000 companies in over 120 countries and is one of the largest consulting and technology firms. The Horizons Scheme starts in September each year, with a comprehensive induction to introduce the company, how it helps clients and why technology is at the centre of its business. After this, it’s straight to the front-line, where students have the chance to experience working with clients in up to three industry sectors. Two formal evaluations during the course of the year give feedback and guidance on progress.
As Accenture states, its Horizons Scheme ‘is more than just a placement; if you impress us during the eight months, you’ll then have the chance to join us for a paid Summer Vacation Scheme and have soft skills training and mentoring alongside your degree. If you continue to do well, you could be offered a graduate position before you’ve even finished your degree. In short, this could be the first step towards a lasting career in consulting.’
Anna faced a challenging and highly competitive process along the road to gaining a place on this programme. After an initial online application, she took part in two online interviews before attending an assessment centre day alongside other candidates. Deciding to take a gap year, she wanted to gain some work experience and insight into potential industries she would like to pursue after a degree course at university.
Speaking of her success, Anna said:
“I couldn’t quite believe it when I heard I had a place on the Horizons Scheme. The shock quickly turned to excitement, and I am really looking forward to meeting new people and being able to contribute to real-life projects. I find it rewarding to be able to see the effect of what I've been working on and I know that from day one, I'll be able to make a difference to projects at Accenture.
Canford has given me so many opportunities over the last two years that I wouldn't have had if I hadn't joined the Sixth Form. I'm really grateful for everything that the school and teachers have offered me and the support that I've been given at every turn. Without the experiences that the last two years have afforded me, I wouldn't have been offered the internship and, although it will be sad to leave this summer, I know that the school has prepared for me for life beyond Canford.”
For more information about the programme, please visit https://www.accenture.com/gb-en/company