Amanda Hajj

Consultant in Melbourne, Australia

Work life harmony at Capgemini is extremely easy to manage. I find that flexible working is not only allowed but also encouraged. I am still able to maintain my personal commitments such as going to the gym, catching up with friends and studying outside of work too!

What was it that drew you to a career at Capgemini originally?

I was originally drawn to Capgemini because of the breadth of opportunities available. It was clear to me even before applying that Capgemini is a company that values employee experience and it stood out to me as a employer of choice for women and those from diverse backgrounds.

What’s your current role at Capgemini?

I’m currently a graduate Consultant in Capgemini Invent, sitting under the People and Organisation team.

How have your studies helped you in your current role at Capgemini?

My undergraduate studies were in Politics and International Relations and I’m currently completing my Masters degree in Public Policy and Management. My educational background has helped me think analytically in my work and be able to bring a different perspective when discussing areas of concern for clients as well as in designing solutions. I was initially worried that not being from a tech background would hinder me in my ability to work at a consulting firm which specialises in tech, however, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at my ability to contribute in a meaningful way despite my studies.

What are you passionate about in your role?

I’m passionate about learning new techniques, gaining experience in new industries and working alongside some really great and inspiring people every day.

What does a typical day look like for you and what are you currently working on ?

No two days are the same at Capgemini and that is one of the things I love most about working here. There is opportunity to be involved in client projects from a range of different services from mining, retail, public sector, financial services and many more. I’m currently working on a project as a Change Analyst at a client in the mining and manufacturing industry. They have recently restructured part of their internal organisation and I’ve been resourced to the Organisational Change Management team. Working as a Change Analyst allows me to gain great experience in a range of different activities from stakeholder engagement, communications, training and helping shape employee experience. I will be on this project for a total of 5 months and after this could be working on something completely different!

Tell us about your work life harmony at Capgemini?

Work life harmony at Capgemini is extremely easy to manage. I find that flexible working is not only allowed but also encouraged. I am still able to maintain my personal commitments such as going to the gym, catching up with friends and studying outside of work too!

How would you describe the culture at Capgemini?

Collaborative and friendly.

What has been the most empowering moment in your Capgemini career journey?

The most empowering moment in my career so far with Capgemini has been being able to get involved in initiatives such as Women@Capgemini. Recently, Capgemini hosted a week of activities which centred around Women@Capgemini’s objective to help promote and build gender balance in the company. We invited female leaders from other industries to speak at some of these events and I found it really great to be able to get involved in these conversations. Knowing that our CEO, Olaf, has gender balance as one of his priorities, is something that makes me feel proud to work for Capgemini.

How does Capgemini help support your sense of purpose in your career?

The culture at Capgemini is really focused on ensuring every one gets a voice at the table, whether you are a graduate or manager; you are able to bring up your ideas and suggestions up without feeling like you are crossing any line. In terms of supporting my purpose in my career, it is this encouragement from Capgemini to make my voice heard that helps that.

What have you gained from working at Capgemini from a career perspective?

I have gained a better understanding of working collaboratively and co-designing solutions. Working at Capgemini has helped me see the potential journey I can take and where a career in consulting can truly take me.

What are 3 words you’d use to describe Capgemini as an employer?

Inclusive, Supportive and Ambitious

If you could give 3 pieces of advice to students about applying for a job what would they be?

My three pieces of advice would be:

  • Don’t be afraid to give something a go. Just because you may not have taken the ‘ideal’ degree at university, it doesn’t mean that you can’t provide something valuable to the company.
  • Be yourself. Capgemini values individuality and diversity of thought.
  • Don’t give up! Even if you aren’t initially successful somewhere, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try again. Learn from where you may have gone wrong initially, seek feedback and keep at it.
Amanda Hajj
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