I've been reading the Accenture Careers site and I noticed that they list their most junior positions as "Entry-Level" rather than Undergraduate. Does this mean that they generally are open to hiring people who have graduated from college recently and have been doing something completely unrelated (i.e. teaching like me)? I have some alumni contacts that I was going to pursue, but I wanted to check here first if anyone knew anything about it so I could better frame my cold emailing...


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Yes,they hire people with work experience (2 to 3 years even) as entry level hires. But the catch is they typically want engineering or science majors. You also have to relate your work experience (in this case teaching) to meet their expectations. I'm sure you can spin your story somehow.

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pretty sure they take anyone. big firms with high turnover rates need to hire A LOT of people...


Any advice for a 2011 grad, currently working but not in consulting, for getting in the door? I know the website posts openings but that seems like a black hole.


applying online isn't the end of the world, but Accenture has 100k+ employees, do you really not know 1 of them? An internal referral is a really easy way to get an interview.


Do big firms really take anyone for entry level positions I've been emailing with some alumni at PWC/Deloitte and they're all saying that they mostly take undergrads/MBA students for entry-level hires, the rest are mainly laterals from relevant industries...

So while I don't know any of the Accenture employs personally there seems to be a lot of alumni working at Accenture, do you have any recommendations for asking them for an employee referral without just coming out and asking them directly in the initial cold email?

Thanks so much for the help guys


Firms definitely take Master's degree hires and people who have worked post bachelor's/master's for 2 to 3 years. To approach an alumni, say you're interested in their firm and offer to take one out to lunch. Ask them about the job and then ask for a referral or put in a word for you to HR. Do you have on campus recruiting at your old college? Maybe contact the campus recruiter.


Is it considered normal/acceptable to just straight up ask them for a referral, or is that more the type of thing that they should volunteer?

Do most take people who have worked post bachelors for 2/3 years even if the previous job was completely unrelated to business/consulting (i.e. teaching)?


You can ask them at the end. no harm no foul. Relevant experience is not necessary for an entry level position. It's not common to see 2-3 years of experience in another field, but be able to articulate why you want to go into consulting now.


Thanks JohnKGH, is this unique to Accenture? It seems like from my talks with Deloitte/PWC they essentially don't hire unless you're straight out of undergrad/MBA or have relevant industry experience...

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