I joined Capgemini with the aim of growing my experience across new industries within a safe environment. Capgemini has provided me with opportunities within a great team culture. From day one I have been pushed beyond my comfort zone, however the supportive environment around me has been fantastic.
When and how did you join Capgemini?
With my background in product development, system integration, enterprise level design and delivery across government, my goal was to broaden my industry experience. After researching opportunities, I approached Capgemini and have now been here for 8 months.
What does your average day look like?
Life as an Enterprise Architect in Capgemini is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you will be working on. My day-to-day with our team is a good mix of stuff. From meetings covering high-level topics to strategic planning and roadmap planning, through to low-level implementation development sessions. As an Architect, my role is to take disparate information from various sources and design how to reconstruct them to achieve my client needs. My main goal is to ensure business and IT alignment focusing on the holistic needs of the entire organisation today and tomorrow. My project right now is assisting a leading global car manufacturer to uplift their core systems to better align to their requirements, including planned transformation initiatives and finalise their investment and technology roadmap for the next 3 years.
It is true that I have a lot on my plate but lucky for me, I love chocolate!
What makes you proud to work at Capgemini?
Capgemini is dedicated to creating an environment where diversity and inclusion are top priorities. We encourage each other to think creatively, be innovative with ideas, to push boundaries and to challenge the status-quo. Capgemini values people who aren’t afraid to try new things and are excited to learn. Although we work on different teams and different engagements, we are all one Capgemini team. I also feel proud to work at Capgemini daily due to our ways of working. There is a lot of learning and autonomy to do what I want to do. I have been part of very interesting projects. There are hectic periods but there are immense learning opportunities as well as flexibility.
How has Capgemini supported getting the future you want?
Capgemini has supported me in diversifying my industry experience. I come from a strong public sector background which I am able to leverage but I also have been given the opportunity to work in the Automotive Sector. Capgemini always provides the opportunities and the platform of moving out of my comfort zone – something I believe is important for growth and development. In summary there is a lot of opportunity for learning and growth along with flexibility – as well as challenges that provide immense scope to grow!
What are you excited about?
I’m excited about the approach Capgemini takes to developing my future. Usually, companies would put you in a niche area to specialise in. Capgemini seems to be developing me for the future with a wider vision. I believe there are many rewards and recognition programs to encourage the team. The work environment is very encouraging, and a lot of effort has been placed into systems to support you and ensure your environment always feels comfortable.
Which specific Capgemini experience has been most memorable so far?
I was very inspired at the recent Women at Capgemini Event. The CEO spoke very genuinely, and she brought to light the difficulties we still face in finding gender equality in the workplace. It made me feel proud to be part of the journey.
My last project was also very memorable due to great teamwork in a difficult environment. When I started there, a lot of us were new to Capgemini. Even with the virtual working environment – we connected and bonded very well. The teamwork was great, and we performed above and beyond. What’s interesting is that due to COVID-19, I never met the team in person but the environment we created was such that the bond was built to successfully deliver the project!
What is your advice to bulding female leaders?
Life is short; follow your passion no matter what the challenges are!