Andris

If you have ever wondered how to build your career in Accenture from a rookie to acting Technical Architect in a large international project – we have a fresh story for you! We sat down with our colleague Andris Enins, who was kind enough to answer all of our questions. 
Andris, please share with us – how did your IT journey first start? Did you hear about Accenture Bootcamp beforehand?
My IT path started way back in 2013. I had just finished the first course of my IT studies at the University of Latvia and I quickly realized that I will need a decent place where I could get hands-on experience with actual project work – basically an internship. I started looking around and one day, I went to our Student Parliament room and found Accenture flyers lying on a desk. While some people decided to go with the flow and asked professors for potential internship places, I decided to try out Accenture Java Bootcamp, as it looked like a place where the participants could learn practical things, and not just solving purely mathematical problems with built-in methods.
So, I signed up for Java Bootcamp, completed practice tests, and managed to get myself into the program. All the weeks spent in Bootcamp studies was quite a fun experience! I can’t say whether it was easy or hard – it really depends on your previous knowledge and willingness to learn new things in a short amount of time. For me, the opportunity came just at the right time – I wasn’t coding ANY Java before that, my coding experience was limited to a few university assignments in C/C++ and JavaScript. I learned a ton of new things during that month – Java programming, OOP patterns, the importance of teamwork. I gained knowledge and skills which helped me a lot later, during my internship at Accenture and in university studies as well.
What project experience have you had during these years?
I started as an intern at one of Accenture Latvia’s UK projects, working in a team developing software solutions for high-frequency trading (something similar to stocks). That was a great experience, yet very unusual, as our team was developing desktop applications with very strict performance and legal requirements.
Later, I joined as a Java back-end developer for a Nordic Media project run by Accenture Latvia. It was quite a challenge for me from a technical perspective – I had to switch from desktop applications to back-end service development in a few weeks’ time. In the beginning, it was complicated, but eventually I managed to switch, and I all could say is that the variety of experience and technology is awesome. I was never bored and never doing the same thing over and over again! In that specific project, I managed to work with a variety of technologies/stacks and operated in different positions, starting with development (backend/frontend, test automation, DevOps), and ending as acting team leader, responsible for solution design.
Currently, I am working for another Nordic project, where I started as a Senior Java developer and after a couple of months, I switched to the position of Technical Architect where I am running one of the development streams.
The main take-away from this – don’t be scared of challenges, frequently changing environments or role-switching! If you find the proper motivation and set achievable goals, you will soar through all of the challenges. 
Could you share some of your goals?
My initial goals were to learn specific technologies. Then, I quickly realized that those were too short-term and I started aiming much higher. My goals were as follows: establish myself a Subject Matter Expert (or SME) in the project on specific topics, expand into the technical lead/team lead role in the project and gain experience as a Technical Architect. Every next step was increasingly more ambitious, but I have understood that these goals have motivated me to move forward and work both harder and smarter.
What are you looking forward to now?
Currently, I have two main goals: keep growing as a Technical Architect and convert myself to Senior Technical Architect and become an active speaker at international conferences. The last goal currently looks like a stretch and I am not completely sure how to achieve it just yet, but I am working on it. Setting up small steps in-between helps to guide your way.
If we were to turn back time to when you were a Bootcamp recruit, what advice would you give to yourself now?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions, ask them – that will help you to learn faster, move faster. I know that initially I wasn’t the person who was asking questions, but with time, I realized that it really helped me to learn more. It doesn’t matter in which position or level you are right now, because you can always ask for help. Also, set your goals high, but achievable. That will keep your motivation at a high level, as other sources of motivation sadly are usually very short-term and can’t keep you running for a long time. Before I started setting these goals, it was quite easy to lose the motivation I needed to improve myself.

Liene

Liene has been with Accenture since the autumn of 2009 after finishing her studies at the Java Bootcamp. She works as a software infrastructure architect and an administrator for Oracle capabilities. Nearly every week she travels to our Swedish office, which employs people from all over the world — Sweden, Norway, Finland, France, Czechia, Spain, the UK, the United States, India, China and South Korea.

Līva

Līva began her career at Accenture right after finishing Bootcamp in 2016. She handles a wide array of knowledge starting with creating programmes that can be used every day at work (as well as in automation) and ending with client consultations. RPA can automate a variety of departments and programs which is why the desire to improve and learn takes up a huge amount of our daily lives. Līva loves to discover the small mysteries and differences that matter, focusing on things that cause the robot to stamp its foot on the ground and declare that there is an error that must be fixed! She feels that her dreams come true because of her job at Accenture.

Kirils

Kirils has worked for Accenture for five years, applying for the summer Java Bootcamp after completing his first year of university studies. After training, he began an internship related to Oracle capabilities with a part-time schedule. After three months, Kirils was hired as a regular employee. He is a member of large teams that deal with enterprise-level applications. Kirils is engaged in almost all of the life cycle phases of the project, from analysing client requirements to designing, building, testing and maintaining the apps that are created.

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