It’s not easy to know what to do after graduation. Opportunities are ample, competition is fierce, and our generation has been told since infancy that the world is our oyster.
I graduated last August. I moved into consulting having worked in marketing, law and retail while finishing my undergraduate degrees. Each time I tried something new I recalled an excerpt of the 2013 Harvard Commencement speech, delivered by Oprah Winfrey. During this speech, the audience was challenged to ask themselves: “What is the next right move?”
I consider this blog post a chance to share my experiences as a recent graduate in the hope that it may help you to decide your next right move.
Enjoy the variety.
Since joining Capgemini in March, I have worked on projects for five different clients in Melbourne and Brisbane spanning sectors such as higher education, retail, energy and government. These projects tend to be short and sharp, as my team (Digital Customer Experience) enjoys a constant cycle of short-term engagements that roll into a long-term journey with the client.
Over the past six months, I have supported on a major multimillion dollar bid, researched the business impact of emerging technologies, conducted focus interviews to better understand the needs of key stakeholders, mapped customer journeys, co-facilitated client workshops, participated in design sprints and pitched proposals to the CEOs of client organisations and the CEO of Capgemini Australia. In short, each day is different from the last.
Lean into community-building activities.
Outside of these projects, I have helped coordinate a monthly thought leadership and networking event series called What’s Now, arranged a team of runners for a charity half marathon in October contributed content for the #Gradathon campaign, spearheaded the Women@Capgemini Melbourne based initiatives, stumbled my way through a coding class, attended regular Masterclasses delivered by subject matter experts and studied for my BABOK certification. Every graduate has autonomy over their career and can lean into training, events, projects and certifications that interest them.
Take full advantage of the flat organisational structure.
The office space has been designed not with private offices, but with hot desks where a Vice President can sit next to an Associate Consultant for the day. A perfect opportunity to introduce yourself and strike up a conversation! Graduates here are surrounded by intelligent, social, successful consultants to learn from. Executive leaders at Capgemini listen to and invest in our graduates. For example, I was recently invited to present with a colleague to a room that included Capgemini’s Head of Asia Pacific and Latin America, the CEO of South East Asia and the CEO of Australia and New Zealand.
If after reading this you feel that a career at Capgemini might be the next right move, I encourage you to apply to our graduate program.