Congratulations to Cobb County Bridges participant Tasha Lewis, who was recently hired as a contractor with Accenture in Atlanta. In her new role as a Location Services Associate, Tasha will coordinate the logistics for Accenture staff and client meetings, including reserving and scheduling space, configuring rooms, ordering materials, and arranging audio-visual equipment. Tasha is pictured here with Bridges employer representative, Sharron Pearson, where together they are completing new hire and onboarding paperwork. Tasha’s self-assurance, poise, and communication skills belie her age: she conducts herself more like a recent college graduate than a young lady recently out of high school.
Tasha began her Bridges journey in November 2016 while a student at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia. Cobb County Bridges representative Sharron Pearson helped Tasha land a job with Chick Fil-A as a front-line cashier. She was so efficient that the restaurant cross-trained her in several jobs, eventually promoting her to the fast-paced drive-thru, a job that requires skill with multi-tasking, accuracy, and customer service. After mastering a demanding role Chick-Fil-A for over a year, Tasha appeared to be an ideal candidate for an opportunity that Accenture wanted to fill with a Bridges participant. But Accenture didn’t just hand Tasha the job; she had to compete with two other candidates, both with equally impressive experience in customer-facing roles. All three candidates interviewed at the Atlanta Accenture office. And all three waited for more than a week for Accenture’s decision. Accenture personnel said that all three candidates were terrific and that choosing one was difficult, but that Tasha’s unique qualities and experience aligned with the requirements of the position.
When asked what Bridges has meant to her, Tasha states, “Opportunities, lots and lots of opportunities, personal growth, and exposure.” She says, “Mrs. Pearson is a great mentor, a great listener, and gives great advice.” She says that she wishes that many other high school students would have the opportunity to work with Bridges.
Sharron Pearson and others with the Atlanta Bridges office are confident that Tasha will excel as a contractor with Accenture, an opportunity that could lead to an offer as an Accenture employee with ample professional growth potential. As she begins her new job, Tasha joins an elite group of five Bridges participants hired with Accenture offices in Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and most recently, Atlanta.
Written by Brandy McCrary, Employer Representative in the Atlanta Bridges Office.