Capgemini has given me opportunities to learn and grow (particularly within the Salesforce world), but has also provided me with the chance to pass on what I've learnt and mentor other more junior team members. This is something that I get a great deal out of. You're in charge of your career at Capgemini and they encourage you to do just that.
What drew you to a career at Capgemini originally and how has the company changed since?
I was drawn by the career opportunities offered, particularly the chance to expand my skillset and learn new technologies. In the 12 + years since, I’ve seen the company grow in terms of staff numbers but also in presence within the marketplace. We compete alongside the major players in the industry for new projects and are visible at major events like Salesforce World Tour. I’ve also seen an increased focus on core values like Diversity, Equality and Corporate Social Responsibility
What does a typical day look like for you and what are you currently working on?
The majority of my time is spent on client sites, helping implement projects or providing post go-live support. The clients themselves are spread across multiple industries and have included government and not-for-profit, so no two assignments are ever the same. If I’m not on-site somewhere, I’m usually studying up for my next Certification or helping with internal initiatives. Capgemini encourage constant learning for all it’s employees.
Tell us about your work life harmony at Capgemini?
Like every other person (particularly those who are parents), this is a critical aspect for me and it’s one that Capgemini have always made every effort to help out with. As a result, I’ve had the opportunity to be involved with some amazing project teams, but have also been there for my family whenever they’ve needed me.
Describe your current role at Capgemini
I’m part of the Salesforce Practice in Capgemini, Sydney. My role takes in a lot of different activities from understanding and clarifying client requirements to sizing, scoping, solution design and hands-on implementation. I get to use a lot of different skills and learn from a lot of amazing people.
How would you describe the culture at Capgemini?
It’s a real team culture. Whether you’re on a client site, or between projects planning your next steps, there are always people around to help and advise. It’s a forward-looking company that’s committed to diversity and equality and one that’s always looking to better itself.
What has been the most empowering moment in your Capgemini career journey?
There have been a few, but two short-term assignments at a not-for-profit community service provider probably stand out for me. I was a one-person team responsible for designing and implementing a system within very narrow timeframes and in an industry that took me well outside my comfort zone. The end result was a system that freed up the client staff from a lot of manual tasks and let them concentrate more on their clients. I really felt I made a difference.
What are you passionate about in your role?
Working with different teams, exchanging ideas and constantly looking to improve next time. Over time, I’ve also been able to take more of a mentoring role within projects and within the Salesforce Practice more generally.
How does Capgemini help support your sense of purpose in your career?
Capgemini has given me opportunities to learn and grow (particularly within the Salesforce world), but has also provided me with the chance to pass on what I’ve learnt and mentor other more junior team members. This is something that I get a great deal out of. You’re in charge of your career at Capgemini and they encourage you to do just that.
What have you gained from working at Capgemini from a career perspective?
I’ve learned an enormous amount from technical skills to more generic consultancy skills. As a result, I feel comfortable walking onto new projects in new client sites. Additionally, whilst I’ve generally had technical roles aligned to my core skills and goals, I’ve also had the opportunity to work in other areas, like testing or business analysis; and this has allowed me to gain a broader, project-wide view of things.
What are 3 words you’d use to describe Capgemini as an employer?
Supportive, Flexible, Ambitious
How has Capgemini’s global approach to diversity helped you in your career so far?
I’ve met and worked with people from different backgrounds and have also seen the company take concrete steps to demonstrate its commitment to diversity and inclusion.