Since the beginning of last month, I have been working on a new project with Maxis.
I was all really sudden as I was only given two-days notice for the start of this new project. I was informed on Thursday that I was needed in Maxis, by the end of Friday I had transferred most of my work to my colleagues, and on Saturday I was already in our head office attending a briefing on the new project.
It was bittersweet having to leave my previous project and all the awesome people that I have worked with. But itâ€™s time to move on to new challenges.
Since last month, I have been working on a project to improve the customer shopping journey and experience in all Maxis outlets and dealers nationwide. Naturally, I wonâ€™t discuss details here but suffice to say that since this is a brand new project, expectations are pretty high.
I have been working in Maxisâ€™ two offices in KL Sentral and KLCC. My office is in the KL Sentral building but I have to commute almost daily to KLCC to meet up with clients who are based over there.
With the projectâ€™s strategic importance to our company, it is important that we do this right and exceed expectations. Expectedly, working hours are a pretty bad but it is something that I have gotten used to in this industry.
Car parking charges around the area are exorbitant too. The KL Sentral and KLCC areas charge RM4 per hour for parking. Now multiply that by 10-12 hours per day and youâ€™ll be paying up to RM800 per month for parking alone!
My team over here is pretty awesome! My manager is very friendly and responsible, and my team lead (who was also from my previous project but a different team) is one of the best in the area of our work. The other team members are also a cool bunch.
I quickly realize that I have grown from a junior analyst to a mid-senior analyst, with more responsibilities and higher expectations from my superiors. This was made clear to me on my first day at work.
Work aside, I have been trying to bring some of the cheerfulness in my previous team into this one by organizing team dinners and occasional outings for the team.
Fortunately, our senior management has â€“ so far â€“ been sporting enough to attend them!
Since I canâ€™t talk much about my project, let me talk about Toastmasters! With the help of several dedicated Accenture colleagues in several different projects, we managed to charter an official Accenture in-house Toastmasters Club!
Not only have we gotten approval to extend professional membership claims to our Toastmasters membership dues, we even got our Country Managing Director to attend and say a few words before the start of our first meeting!
As one of the founding excos of the club, we have been trying very hard to beef up the membership of our club, but it has proven to be an uphill task.
Accenture being a consulting firm means that a vast majority of its employees work as consultants in client offices around the country and abroad â€“ not in the head office.
And given our working hours, it is very difficult to persuade people to return to the head office during the evening rush hour, after a tiring day of work, to attend a Toastmasters meeting.
Compared to a student club, I had always thought that it was easier to manage a corporate club where members are encouraged by the company to join with membership fees reimbursement and free dinners. It is now proving to be a much bigger challengeâ€¦
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