Rio de Janeiro represents the second largest GDP in the country and 30th largest in the world in 2008, estimated at about US$ 201 billion, and is the headquarters of two major Brazilian companies, Petrobras and Vale. The home of many universities and institutes, it is the second largest center of research and development in Brazil, accounting for 17% of national scientific production.

Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova, beaches such as Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. Some of the most famous landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; Sugarloaf mountain with its cable car and Maracanã Stadium, one of the world's largest football stadiums.

Rio has a tropical savanna climate that closely borders a tropical monsoon climate according to the Köppen climate classification, and is often characterized by long periods of heavy rain from December to March. In inland areas of the city, temperatures above 40 °C are common during the summer, though rarely for long periods, while maximum temperatures above 27 °C can occur on a monthly basis.

Along the coast, the breeze, blowing alternately onshore and offshore, moderates the temperature. Because of its geographic situation, the city is often reached, especially during autumn and winter, by cold fronts advancing from Antarctica, causing frequent weather changes. It is mostly in summer that strong showers provoke catastrophic floods and landslides. The mountainous areas register greater rainfall since they constitute a barrier to the humid wind that comes from the Atlantic. The average annual temperature is 23 °C. The average yearly precipitation is 1,175 mm.

I started my career working for Accenture, the biggest management, consulting, technology services and outsourcing company in the world. It is the largest consulting firm in the world and is a Fortune Global 500 company. As of September 2011, the company had more than 244,000 employees across 120 countries.

Accenture's current clients include 96 of the Fortune Global 100 and more than three-quarters of the Fortune Global 500. I worked for Accenture during the first semester of 2011 in the risk management workforce in Rio de Janeiro. During this time I devoted my skills to software development implementing new accounting modules, developing graphical interfaces, migrating modules written in Delphi to C#, creating and maintaining test cases. I also performed the implementation of queries in T-SQL, documentation of test procedures and maintenance of internal web pages.

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