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<strong>Catherine</strong>

Catherine

Consultant

Canada

Students and graduates

Business analysis

“I love the variety and how I can work on multiple projects that are so different but align to all of my passions.”

Capgemini Canada invited employees to apply for a team spot in the inaugural Capgemini International Rugby Cup (IRC) in fall 2023. A country-wide vote selected the 8 employees who would join 9 other teams consisting of 14 nationalities in Paris to compete in a friendly rugby match.

My rugby journey

Why I got involved in International Rugby Cup

I figured it would be a good way to meet more team members globally. I didn’t think I had a chance of getting picked because of the large number of applicants, but when someone dropped out I got selected!

My most memorable moment in France

We were on a boat cruise on the Seine river sitting with team members from around the world, and it was such a cool experience. It was interesting to see how a group of people can be connected by a workplace.

Rugby Canada

Canada’s rugby team ready to take the field. L-R: Ryan La Marche, Guillaume Gilliard, Cyril Saint-Amans, Mayand Tiwari, Fady Youwakim, Michelle Nifco, Catherine Audia. Missing from the photo: Sindhu Raj.

My Capgemini journey

How consulting served my multiple interests

When I was growing up, I had a passion for both teaching and business. I have spent time working in K-12 school settings and in higher education. When I heard about change management, I realized that a big part of it involves using teaching and learning skills to help people adapt to change. It was a good fit and it’s been a great experience so far. I love the variety and how I can work on multiple projects that are so different but align to all of my passions.

My evolution at Capgemini

I took part in the new grad program and my mentors at Capgemini created specific learning pathways for me. I spent a good portion of my first few months here learning about change management and agile methodologies. Now, every day is different depending on which client I’m working on, and every day I learn something new. I engage in upskilling once a month and I also work on different change network offerings for clients.

Why I’m proud to work at Capgemini Canada

In a short period of time, we’ve been able to develop our Indigenous strategy and we’re taking it from a plan to implementing real activities for our colleagues to experience. For example, for June 21 – National Indigenous People’s Day – we sent out a communication that suggested ways people could participate in their area and through virtual events. And within my own team, we did an Indigenous learning practice to introduce people to Indigenous ways of knowing and being, and to take steps to decolonize our space internally. We’re working towards weaving our teachings into everything we do, which I am delighted to see.

How I’m now working toward getting the future I want

If you speak up about interests and passions, Capgemini is great at helping to support their employees seek opportunities that align. For example, I was interested in the retail and services industries and got the opportunity to shadow our change lead for a large hotel client’s financial transformation.

The best thing about working at Capgemini Canada

Because I was making a change in my career, I was worried I would be on my own. But that wasn’t the case at all. Everyone is helpful and supportive, and everyone collaborates. Even our leadership team members will work with us, and it’s such a great experience to shadow them on projects. You don’t get that at many other companies.

My advice to new employees

Reach out to as many people as you can. When I first started, I was doing a lot of coffee chats – both virtually and in person. Hearing everyone’s story and sharing mine is how I ended up building connections and a network. I also got exposed to new opportunities. Everyone’s really friendly and willing to make time in their day.