Kimiko Murray is a bilingual tech guide, who’s used her expertise throughout Australia and Japan. She’s additionally an advocate for variety, taking up the position of Accenture’s S&C Tech Advisory Indigenous pillar lead, in addition to about to develop into a first-time dad or mum. Learn her story.
I’ve all the time been within the intersection between enterprise and expertise. This made a profession in tech consulting really feel like a pure step. I began my profession at IBM, earlier than becoming a member of Accenture Tech Advisory two years in the past.
Proper from the beginning, I’ve been amazed by the worldwide potential Accenture offers. I really feel like in some world corporations you don’t really get the chance to work internationally. However my first challenge with Accenture was a global task in Japan. Being half-Japanese and having spent my childhood transitioning between Australia and Japan, this was an unimaginable alternative. It was additionally unimaginable timing as after three months the COVID pandemic hit and with borders closing, I got here again to Australia (and in addition had my wedding ceremony in Melbourne two weeks after returning!)
For 3 months, I labored in Japan on a telco challenge. Regardless of having understanding of the Japanese tradition and language, it was nonetheless an adjustment to the skilled atmosphere there. It was a global workforce, with folks from Accenture, the consumer and totally different distributors, all from a mixture of nations.
Constructing connections and making an impression
As soon as I returned from Japan, it was an odd time. I had joined Accenture and gone straight on task abroad, then returned as a world pandemic was sending everybody dwelling. I felt like I hadn’t met the Melbourne workforce but and wished to really feel extra related to my work group.
This motivated me to succeed in out to totally different communities throughout the Tech Advisory follow. That’s how I joined the inclusion and variety group. I used to be on this house and wished to know extra about what Accenture was doing – plus it’s good to have one thing to speak to folks about past your newest challenge.
I grew to become actually excited by what Accenture is doing with our Indigenous pillar and felt I wanted to coach myself about Australia’s Indigenous folks and the work Accenture is doing to drive reconciliation. I’m proud to now be the Indigenous pillar lead for the inclusion and variety workforce inside Tech Advisory and dealing to extend our impression.
Over the previous 12 months, we’ve reached out to organisations outdoors Accenture to search out partnerships and we’re now coordinating an hackathon program for Indigenous college students. We need to assist give Indigenous college students publicity to tech consulting, as that’s an space the place we will enhance the range of our workforce. A few of our plans have needed to change as a result of COVID restrictions, however we’ve got been in a position to develop on-line supplies to assist college students and supply them with some content material throughout lockdown.
A mixture of industries and initiatives
One of many explanation why I wished to affix Accenture was the possibility to attempt lots of various things and get publicity to totally different industries. Since becoming a member of, I’ve had the possibility to work as a take a look at launch supervisor for the telco challenge in Japan. Upon returning to Melbourne, I jumped into a quick turnaround challenge to help a significant retailer with fleet administration after COVID triggered a giant leap in on-line deliveries. I’ve additionally labored with an Australian buying and selling platform, working with a non-functional requirement enterprise analyst to place collectively necessities for its main blockchain infrastructure implementation.
I’m often the one lady within the room, however I feel tech consulting is a superb profession for everybody. I’d like to see females getting extra publicity to the business and consciousness of the totally different roles and alternatives out there.
The subsequent journey
Now, I’m making ready for my subsequent life stage – I’m anticipating my first little one and about to go on parental depart. Accenture and my managers have been nothing wanting supportive with this transformation. Accenture is a superb firm for supporting work life steadiness and different folks I’ve spoken to about their parental depart expertise have solely had optimistic issues to say. Organising preparations for parental depart has been very straightforward.
I’ve additionally been given the identical alternatives as all the time. I’ve not been made to really feel like I might be limiting my profession development, and in reality, I went for and obtained a promotion after saying my being pregnant and parental depart plans. There’s an actual sense of loyalty that goes each methods between Accenture and its workers. I’ve additionally been inspired to take depart if I wanted it throughout being pregnant, however I’ve been very fortunate with a straightforward time up to now and haven’t wanted to take extra break day.
In the mean time, my plan is to take 9 months parental depart. As soon as I return, I do know Accenture has nice buildings to help versatile work, so I’m positive we’ll determine a solution to make it work for everybody.