How to grow your career at Capgemini?

By Natasha Bian

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Every day I’m surrounded by passionate people from a diverse set of backgrounds that make it an energetic and exciting place to work.

As someone new in my career, Capgemini has proven to be a place full of exciting challenges and dynamic people. Every day I’m surrounded by passionate people from a diverse set of backgrounds that make it an energetic and exciting place to work.

In my attempt to get to know these inspired people and pick their brains for career advice, I asked them about their time at Capgemini and what tips and tricks they learnt to build an extraordinary career.

Rebecca Carlsen – Senior Change Consultant

What is your background (academic and/or professional) and why are you not working in that area now?

“I am currently studying Psychology and Organisational Behaviour which is something that Capgemini has been incredibly supportive of. Before starting with Capgemini, I felt as though my academic pursuits may remain separate to my professional life though it’s been so encouraging that my leaders and peers have shown genuine interest show in what I am learning. They acknowledge and value of this part of my life and constantly help find ways for me to bring what I am studying into the work that I do.”

What’s special about working at Capgemini?

“Capgemini lets you bring your passions to work every day. When I joined, I was immediately introduced to other purpose driven colleagues who are involved in our Social Innovators Practice. Through this community, I am afforded the opportunity to pursue project work in the not-for-profit sector and align my professional life with causes I feel strongly about. I am also empowered to spark conversations with our for-profit clients around corporate social responsibility. Right now, for example, I am exploring new legislation which addresses the presence of Modern Slavery in Australia and hope to work with our corporate clients in eliminating human exploitation from their supply chain.”

If you could give advice to yourself in the early/challenging days of consulting, what advice would that be?

“Bring yourself to everything you do, and more than that, believe in yourself and the value you bring to the table. I think everyone allows self-doubt to creep in sometimes, but if you are true to yourself, everything will work out as it should.

Mary Ensabella – People Transformation Consultant

What is your background (academic and/or professional) and why are you not working in that area now?

I studied science and economics and worked in research and education design before consulting! I made the move to consulting because I was interested in experiencing a variety of challenges at different businesses.

How has your previous experience added value to you as a consultant?

While my previous experience may sound like a mixed bag, I apply the skills I learned through these experiences in my role as a consultant on a daily basis, particularly my solving skills, communication skills from education design, understanding of behavioural economics and quantitative and qualitative research skills.

What’s special about working at Capgemini?

At Capgemini I’m encouraged to forge my own path and act on opportunities that I identify both at clients and in our own company. To make things better, my colleagues are fun to be around, great to work with and inspiring to learn from. I think that’s pretty special.

If you could give advice to yourself in the early/challenging days of consulting, what advice would that be?

You have the ability to define where you want your career to go.

Chris Herron – Insights and Data Consultant

What is your background (academic and/or professional) and why are you not working in that area now?

Before starting a career as a data science consultant, I was doing a PhD in Astrophysics! Although it was interesting and I enjoyed writing code and analysing data, I felt like I would be able to help more people as a data scientist, and have a more fulfilling career. Working as a consultant provides me with opportunities to solve lots of interesting problems, and improve the quality of life of many people.

How has your previous experience added value to you as a consultant?

Whilst I was doing a PhD I was also tutoring undergraduate students in Physics and Astronomy, which involved a lot of understanding what was confusing students, and coming up with an approach to explain a concept or problem to the students on the spot. I think this involves a combination of empathy, quick thinking, logical reasoning, and oral communication skills that’s proven very useful when discussing ideas within a group or to a client.

What’s special about working at Capgemini?

The people! There are so many people at Capgemini who are kind, modest, empathetic, encouraging, supporting, inspiring, and fun to work with! You’ll always be able to find someone willing to help you out, or listen to something on your mind.

If you could give advice to yourself in the early/challenging days of consulting, what advice would that be?

Don’t be afraid, whether you’re feeling shy talking to new colleagues or clients, or feeling nervous about starting on a challenging new project, you have the ability to identify what challenges you’re going to face in the future, and plan how you can overcome them, or do better next time.

Ian Chhoa – Devops Consultant

What is your background (academic and/or professional) and why are you not working in that area now?

I joined Capgemini after 2 years of solo trading in education, and left the field to experience working in teams as part of a larger company, with more knowledge and skills leveraged to achieve outcomes on a larger scale.

How has your previous experience added value to you as a consultant?

Running my own operations gave me a first-hand understanding of what it means to “own” something and to manage client relationships, and because Capgemini values independent thinking, I was able to assume responsibilities quickly through proactively creating first iterations, from which the optimum would emerge.

If you could give advice to yourself in the early/challenging days of consulting, what advice would that be?

If I could give advice to myself, it would be to connect with internal colleagues more boldly – I realize now that just being curious about their work is good enough reason to strike up conversations, learn, and make connections.

Tim Sanderson – Digital Consultant

What is your background (academic and/or professional) and why are you not working in that area now?

My background is an honours degree in Nanotechnology with a focus on renewable energy. I’m not working in that area because 4 years of study was enough for me, a PhD didn’t look appealing in the slightest and I wanted to try something new, exciting and different.

How has your previous experience added value to you as a consultant?

A lot of my final years of university were spent synthesising chemicals in a lab which required me to come up with ideas to overcome laws of nature in creative and unique ways. This, combined with the deep analytics that came along with this, really helped with how I approach problems as a consultant.

What’s special about working at Capgemini?

The people. When you have a project where nothing is ever working, the wheels are falling off requiring long hours to fix, it can really suck. But being surrounded by an awesome team can make it manageable and can even make those engagements ‘fun’ to an extent.

If you could give advice to yourself in the early/challenging days of consulting, what advice would that be?

Get stuck in and give everything a whirl. As a grad or young consultant there are very few questions we don’t have someone around to answer and you don’t learn your limits by taking the easy route.

 

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