Erika Osborn

Data Engineer and Solution Architect

Find the people to whom you aspire and talk to them. You have to show them that you have passion and potential. 

What is your area of work and the role that you are in? 

I am currently working within the Insights and Data team, mainly working for clients in the financial industry as a data engineer and solution architect. I’m also working on some fantastic cloud-native projects, which I love.

What is your team all about? 

My team is great. We take pride in delivering great work for our clients, working together on challenging problems and supporting each other to achieve excellent outcomes.

When and how did you join Capgemini?

I joined Capgemini through our graduate program. I was down in Tasmania and got invited to the assessment centre in Melbourne. So I flew up and stayed with a friend in Melbourne for a week.

I remember the day of the assessment centre I got lost on my way to the office, so I showed up just on time – I had planned to arrive at least half an hour early – feeling very stressed. What helped me then, was seeing others there who were even more anxious; and helping them to feel more comfortable really helped to settle my own nerves.

When I started the job, I did one week of onboarding, then on Friday, I was pulled into a meeting room and told that I was going to fly to Adelaide on Monday to work on my first client project. It was very exciting.

And now I’ve been here for 4 and half years.

What are you most proud of as a woman at Capgemini?  

I think I’m most proud of myself for asking for opportunities that interested me.

One time, I was working as a business analyst on a Google Cloud project and I thought the tech looked fantastic – I wanted to learn more. So I spoke to the architect and said, “I’ve got some free time. I can probably pick up some more work. Is there anything I can help you with?”

At first, it was mostly reading and writing documentation. But after some time, I picked up more work on the technical side and with development, engineering and design pieces. Now, I’m a certified GCP architect, and I’m leading the tech teams on two different projects using GCP.

What has been your favourite moment at Capgemini?

It’s hard to think of just one moment; it’s more like an accumulation of moments with various people who now are some of my best friends. I think the best moments at Capgemini are the times I get to work and relax with friends.

How are you able to manage work and life?

Trust is a big value at Capgemini, and you can see that in the flexible work policies. For me, if I need to attend an appointment in the middle of the day or just need a break for my mental health, Capgemini empowers me to get my work done and still take the time I need for my personal life. I can do that because our leaders lead with trust.

How has Capgemini supported you to bring your authentic self to work?

I feel Capgemini does a really great job of building culture and being goal-oriented. We can manage that by listening to our communities, from new grads and our ERGs to the Pulse survey, and building our policies and programmes from the viewpoint of inclusion. We pay attention to the things that help us work together and do something amazing.

What advice would you give the next generation of female leaders?

Build a culture of trust with the right people that you can support and that can support you.

Erika Osborn