Staying in your comfort zone, never did anybody any good. So in July 2016 I, once again, packed up all my things and moved back to Belgium. Why? I would start my new position as a recruitment coordinator at Capgemini Belgium on the 16th of August, 2016. So, where am I now?
I can tell you from the start, that it wasn’t easy to leave London, I grew quite attached to the city (still kind of am) and leaving was a hard decision for me. However I received quite the opportunity to work for a big multinational, and although it scared me, it wasn’t something I was willing to slide as well. Nervous as I was, I took the leap.
Fast forward to one year later and it is absolutely staggering how steep my learning curve has been. It has been one wild year, with a lot of ups and not as much downs, and a list of accomplishments that is bigger than what I could’ve hoped for. The first month was not even halfway and already I had a three-day seminar with other starters. This gave me a great opportunity to build out a network within the company already, and some valuable friendships developed out of it. So basically a rocking good start (I still benefit from that seminar).
(Please note, that taking selfies is not my greatest skill).
I took the time to get to know our way of working well, took some holidays and basically made sure I was ready at the beginning of the new year to attract young potentials into the company (and I must say, we have some very talented young professionals amongst us now). I was trusted to organize our Discussions & Diners, a formula where you can wine and dine with Capgemini finest whilst discussing about the several opportunities that we offer here at Cap. It was a success, and will be repeated in 2018 (stay tuned).
This was in combination with loads of job fairs, so basically we’ve ran up and down the country to explain what Capgemini is about and what we can do for you (will happen again this year). Moreover I got to see how Capgemini was voted ‘Top Employer’ for the twelfth year in a row (exciting stuff).
Later on, troublesome news came to the horizon and my manager had to take personal leave for five months, leaving me ad interim (being thrown into the deep?). I will not lie, these five months have been really challenging, but I managed together with the rest of the team and a very patient boss. I have learnt so much in those five months so it was a curse and a blessing at the same time. Luckily my manager has returned at the beginning of this month and I can focus again on how to improve myself, my work and how to help Capgemini grow. New challenges are already on the horizon, and I cannot wait to tackle them as well.
So one year later, what did I get myself into? A lot, and I am loving it!
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