Graham Healy is Managing Director, Sales, Health & Public Service (EALA) at Accenture.
Having graduated in 2000, Graham is engaged with BIS both from an alumni and advisory perspective.
Why did you do BIS?
At that time, technology was very much in fashion, as it is today. I didn’t want to specialise in specific information technology areas as I also had an interest in business. To me, BIS provided the perfect mix (and still does) of business and technology. More importantly, the programme is run like no other through the engagement with industry and the dedication of the BIS staff in keeping the course up to date with what is relevant in the IT / digital market.
What was the best thing you got out of the course?
Most people would say work placement and that is certainly the key differentiator. In addition, the BIS programme in UCC provides its students with a work environment that constantly challenges and stimulates them through projects and continuous assessment. This is essential in preparing graduates for the professional work environment.
Where did you go on work placement in 3rd year?
I went to Boston MA. There I worked with Brown Brothers Harriman, one of the oldest and largest private banks in the US. It was a great experience and certainly helped give me an edge when it came to applying for graduate careers.
Where are you now?
I am working with Accenture. I am the managing director for sales in our Health and Public Service practice for Europe, Africa, Middle East and Latin America. I am also the executive sponsor for our FinTech Innovation Lab in Dublin, where we work with the start-up community and financial services industry to accelerate their offerings in the market.
How did you get this job?
Which one?!?! I have had many jobs, even careers within Accenture. I initially joined Accenture in 2000 as part of its graduate recruitment. I left in 2007, and re-joined in 2009.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given relating to your career?
Ask for help. It is a sign of strength. We can’t be superheroes all of the time.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced, and how did you overcome it?
In the work context, I had a situation where I was let down by a teaming partner, which meant we had to take quite a big risk in order to win a piece of business. This involved a lot of money with no guarantee of a return. I was at a loss in terms of what to do so I asked for help. It can be difficult when you are knee deep in something to stand back and determine the best course of action. There is always someone who has been through a similar situation before and can be more objective.
Looking back now, is there anything that you would have done differently?
Certainly, I would seek counsel from people that I respect and who give guidance in terms of what is best for me.
If you had one piece of advice to offer someone considering doing BIS, what would it be?
Do it! You won’t regret it. Graduates with backgrounds in STEM are in high demand. BIS is a great launch pad for many different careers. It will prepare you for the professional work environment.