‘The necessity to change is perfect for me, I would absolutely hate feeling stuck’

‘Doing nothing’ is an expression missing from François’ vocabulary. He always needs a project on the go. Accenture IT expert by day, builder, baby whisperer, and barbecue-pro by night, he’s busy by anyone’s standards. And that’s exactly how he likes it.
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Meet François Lambert, Cloud Migration &Imp Delivery Specialist at Accenture Belgium & Luxembourg

‘One of the achievements I’m most proud of is getting my Master’s degree in IT. Initially, I was just planning to get a Bachelor’s. Going for a Master wasn’t an easy decision but, in the end, it paid off! Luckily, because it led me to an internship at Accenture. And the rest is history, as they say…’

‘Technology evolves at breakneck speed, and in my role, you simply have to keep up with each innovation’

‘Accenture has definitely played an important role in my life because it gave me my first professional experience. After just a couple of months as an intern, I was offered a job! Today, I am a Cloud Migration &Imp Delivery Specialist. At the moment I’m focusing on infrastructure automation in a security project. Basically, we build a server and then we automate the full configuration, i.e. we install applications, parameters, etc. I mostly work in Zaventem, but sometimes I have to work at the client in Strasbourg, France.

‘What I love most about my job is the fact that every single day brings an opportunity to learn; each day is different. Technology evolves at breakneck speed, and in my role, you simply have to keep up with each innovation. It’s difficult, because you often only have yourself to rely on. What I’m working on now is not something you are taught at school. Sometimes, Google is my best friend! The necessity to change is perfect for me, as I would absolutely hate feeling stuck.’

‘I started at Accenture because of the job, but the people are what make me stay’

‘Another perk of my job are my colleagues. Having colleagues you can rely on, talk to – and have a laugh with – is so important. Especially when you’re working in a small team. Our project involves a lot of knowledge transfer, so getting along is key to guarantee good communication. Accenture as a company realizes this. Since I joined Accenture four years ago, I feel a lot more attention is being paid to the people who make this company. I started at Accenture because of the job, but the people are what make me stay. I’m convinced that goes for a lot of us here.’

‘Any spare time I might have is completely devoted to my daughter’

‘With a five-month-old baby and a house under construction, I don’t have much free time outside work. After we move to our new house in July, the builders will hand over the project to me, so I will have to put in some serious building work myself! Any spare time I might have is completely devoted to my daughter. And my dog Yoshi also needs a little TLC now and then. Right now, taking him for walks is about the only workout I get! To relax, I like to watch action movies, and when it comes to series, Game of Thrones is my absolute favorite. I also love playing video games on my computer. I’ve been gaming ever since I was a child. Actually, that love for computer games is what got me interested in IT as a career. Well, there’s also the fact that both my parents work in IT, so I guess it’s in my blood!’

‘Sadly, there are only 24 hours in a day!’

‘Getting together with friends is a challenge nowadays, seeing as they live all over Belgium. We’re a really big group, and our favorite pastime is throwing backyard barbecues in summer. Apparently, I’m quite good at barbecuing, because I always end up taking care of the grill. Which is a good thing, because when I leave it to my friends we end up with burned food…’

‘Sadly, there are only 24 hours in a day! However, I’m lucky my daughter already sleeps through the night so I can get the rest I need. Since starting at Accenture, I have changed quite a bit. At the beginning I was unsure about my goals. Now, I know what I want, and I can look further ahead into the future, beyond the horizon so to speak. Whatever happens, I will always need to have a personal project on the go and keep my professional goals are centered on growth.’

 

François Lambert (1989)

Studied: Information Systems Architecture

Started working at Accenture: I started in 2014 as an intern, and stayed on as an Infrastructure Analyst

Relationship status: I live with my girlfriend

Loves: Holidays

Gets annoyed by: My neighbor partying and playing loud music at 4 AM on weekday nights

Favorite food: Fast-food

On my nightstand: Only my phone

Listens to: I have an eclectic taste in music, and listen to anything from classical music to electronic house

Would like to sit next to on a plane: Myself, but 20 years from now. I’d love to pick my own brain, because I have so much more to learn

Life-changing event(s): The birth of my daughter, Éléonore

Best lesson life has taught me: You should try to see the best in every situation

What I learned last week: Surprisingly, it doesn’t always rain in Belgium

Most beautiful place on earth: I hope I’ll find it someday, but I know it will be somewhere sunny

Hobbies/passions: I love watching movies and playing video games

What nobody knows about me: My friends thought I was joking when I said I was having a baby

Life motto: As I’m rather impatient, I’d say: ‘I want it, and I want it now!’

Author: Liz Morrison