The Long-Term Career Benefits of an Entry-Level Job
In Chapter 5 of 15 in his 2011 Capture Your Flag interview, Ramsey Pryor answers "What Did You Learn in Your First Job Out of College at Accenture That is Still Relevant?" Pryor finds working at Accenture, named Andersen Consulting at the time, a great transition period from student mode to career mode. Takeaways include long-term relationships learning from start group peers as well as time management skills he still uses today. Pryor is currently a product management executive at IBM.
Erik: What did you learn in your first job out of college at Accenture that is still relevant? Ramsey: What I liked about starting at Accenture, or Andersen Consulting at the time, was there needed to be a certain transition from college to the working world and I remember when we started off people were literally sound asleep, you know, the 9:00am opening meeting and so I think to a certain extent we all needed a bit of a transition period to get into, you know, out of the student mode and in to the working mode and so, you know, what one thing do I take from the experience, I think it’s more of a collection of experiences. I think that I’ve taken kind of a start group and sort of a group of peers that you can check in with from time to time. It’s interesting to see what people did because no one seemed to stick around. So, that’s one thing that I think was very valuable about starting there and I think, you know, some of the things that we got as sort of general training like time management, have for me have been things that I go to every day. I’ve kinda used the system that they taught us which I thought was a good one of just kinda prioritizing and thinking about what you need to do before the day actually begins.