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Management Consulting: A Dream Job

By Endigo Harmon


On July 12, my fellow Futures and Options interns and I visited Accenture, a management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. For many of us, it was our first time hearing about the firm and the huge role they play in companies that we are very familiar with. Consulting wasn't something that we thought could be turned into a career before the visit to Accenture. I thought consulting only went as far as the free consultation you get at the dentist or doctor’s office.

One of my peers Amee Apedo stated, “I didn’t know businesses like Accenture existed. I was surprised to realize what they did and how valuable they are to other businesses worldwide!” We were all surprised to find out the huge amount of work they do behind the scenes to keep both big and small businesses running smoothly. The visit opened our eyes to a career path that many of us including myself are now very interested in.

During our time at Accenture we got to talk to employees from various levels, who have worked all over the world. According to my fellow intern Samantha Reyes, “Visiting Accenture was not what I expected. The most magnificent part was how kind and social they were.” Everyone greeted us with open arms and big smiles. When it came time to discuss their jobs, we could all see that the employees enjoy what they do for a living. My fellow intern Julian Joseph said, “I was impressed to see how happy everyone was. They seemed like they actually enjoyed the work they were doing.”

KIPP Through College interns on career exploration trip to Accenture.

The employees gave us awesome advice and opened our eyes to many things that didn’t seem like an option to us at first, such as the possibility of having a job with opportunities to travel around the world to meet with new people and companies. Having the option of taking a project in a totally different state or even country seems very exciting. Aaron Mills stated, “I liked the idea that the people that worked at Accenture didn’t just work in an office but all over the world.”

After speaking with Accenture Partner Casey Wells, Strategy Consultant Emily Dwinnells and eight other employees, we took a tour of the offices. It was really amazing to see how eco-friendly Accenture is. Everything from their technology to their utensils keeps the environment green. Intern Terrance Hector added, “I never knew what consulting was, but now I’m reconsidering my career. They travel a lot and are very eco-friendly.” It’s safe to say the perks of working at Accenture make it a dream employer for many of us.

Overall our trip to Accenture was great! I look forward to applying to the various internships Accenture offers to college students and graduates. Bre’Annah Braithwaite, a fellow rising senior stated, “I can see myself working at Accenture for a lifetime because the time I spent there was amazing.” Thank you to everyone at Accenture who made us feel welcome and offered advice regarding our futures. We all agree that we had fun and learned valuable information during our trip.

Endigo Harmon is a rising senior at Life Sciences Secondary School,
and is a KIPP Through College intern at Times Square Alliance.

Futures and Options Students Give Back
This Summer

Bridge To Work students gardening at St. George Terminal and Park.

For the fourth summer in a row, Futures and Options is offering students more than just internships. Bridge To Work combines work-readiness workshops with service learning and volunteer opportunities. Through this program, we partner with New York Cares to give our students the opportunity to participate in four service projects, attend three workshops and take part in a career exploration field trip to a nonprofit organization.

This summer, 16 students signed up for Bridge To Work and we have completed three of the four service learning projects. Students gather before and after each trip to discuss issues related to their service projects and to share reflections on their work. For our first project, students went to Baby Buggy on July 9 and helped sort and package clothes for needy children. Our second outing, on July 16, took us to the Terrence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center where students participated in arts and crafts activities with senior citizens. On July 23, students visited St. George Terminal and Park in Staten Island for a gardening project to revitalize the area. The final service learning trip of the season will take place on August 13, when we will visit the Dawning Village Daycare Center to work with pre-school students.  

Bridge To Work is a tremendous way to keep students engaged throughout the summer. It allows them to give back to the community and meet new people while inspiring them to think about service as a possible career option. Stephanie Albarracin, a participant in this year’s program, says, “The rewarding experience that comes after giving back to the community is what lured me to join Bridge To Work and also I wasn't about to let the opportunity of meeting new people slip away.”

Special thanks go out to all the students for their enthusiasm and eagerness to help, and to Betsy Rivera from New York Cares for her diligence in finding sites, leading the reflections and organizing the service trips. 

Dr. Marcia Cantarella Speaks about Adjusting to College Life

Dr. Marcia Cantarella speaks to students about the college experience.

What does it take to make the most out of your time in college and enter the “real world” with the confidence, experience and skills needed to excel professionally? On July 15, more than 50 Futures and Options interns explored these important questions with Dr. Marcia Cantarella, a leader in the world of higher education and the author of I CAN Finish College: The Overcome Any Obstacle and Get Your Degree Guide. Dr. Cantarella has been a friend of Futures and Options for several years. She has hired and mentored several interns at Cantarella Consulting; additionally, she has connected us with resources to help us better support the young people in our programs. Her presentation has become an annual tradition for Futures and Options interns, who every year emerge feeling energized about college and their abilities to shape their own futures.

Chris Gomez, current intern in the Urban Leadership Fellows Program, discusses the event below.

On July 15, Futures and Options students had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Marcia Cantarella, former dean at Princeton University and current consultant to the Hunter College Black Male Initiative, speak about what to expect during their first year of college. The topics discussed ranged from tips on studying and time management to the importance of networking. The students were grateful for the opportunity to hear Dr. Cantarella speak about college, which can be a frightening topic for some students. Urban Leadership Fellows intern Rick Hiciano thought the experience was great and 'was something that I can see myself benefiting from in the future.' Students asked questions ranging from essential advice for first year college students to what challenges and changes to expect. Dr. Cantarella also spoke about different ways students can look to be efficient in their schoolwork, but also find an important balance between work and extra-curricular activities. The talk by Dr. Cantarella was very insightful and was greatly appreciated by all the students.

To learn more about Dr. Marcia Cantarella and her book, I CAN Finish College please click here.



Dream Big - A Celebration of Opportunity
Save the Date - Wednesday, October 23, 2013

We invite you to mark your calendars for the Third Annual Dream Big - A Celebration of Opportunity, Futures and Options' fall Fundraising Gala.

To learn more about available sponsorships and tickets, contact Christopher Ellis at 212-601-0002 or by email at cellis@futuresandoptions.org or by clicking here.

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