A little bit about me:
My name is Kajal and I have just finished my second year, studying Economics, at the University of Birmingham. I took part in the 2015 Capgemini Community Challenge, and enjoyed it so much that I looked for summer internship opportunities, and went on to gain an 8 week role working with the Capgemini references and external communications team. It has been great seeing familiar faces and also meeting new colleagues whilst immersing myself into what Capgemini does, how they do it and why.
What did I get up to?
The great thing about Capgemini is that you get to do some serious work and are given responsibility early on which means you become part of the team straight away. Right from the first week I was given the opportunity to interact with account and delivery leaders from across Capgemini’s UK organisation at a ‘Mobilising Public Sector’ event, which included the Chairman of Capgemini, Christine Hodgson and external guest speakers. It was the perfect opportunity to understand Capgemini’s strengths, new opportunities they can take advantage of and their public sector relationships.
I spent the initial weeks focusing on a references role, where I was responsible for managing client case study collateral to help support Capgemini bid teams in business winning. This gave me a chance to communicate with bid and delivery teams. Alongside this I also worked with the external communications team for the public sector. I provided creative input, collated content and undertook usability testing for a new public sector intranet page and an external web page. Not only was it great to give a fresh perspective on the pages, I was also able to interact with Capgemini’s global team and build my network. It was a great feeling seeing different Capgemini departments from around the world come together to achieve one goal.
What has been my biggest achievement?
I think one of my key achievements during this internship was creating an information pack to help Capgemini’s insights & data team make the most out of their successful social media blogging campaign. The network of bloggers is growing, and the pack provides an overview of tips for writing, publishing and promoting blogs. The aim of this pack is to not only on-board new bloggers, but to also help existing bloggers enhance their social media presence in the most effective way.
What is my biggest piece of advice for potential interns?
Be open minded, always willing to take on a challenge and ask for help if you need it. It is amazing how spur of the moment decisions can quickly unravel into new exciting opportunities!
The past 8 weeks have been fully immersing, exciting and overwhelming! Now that my internship is nearing to an end I have come to realise what really makes Capgemini a great organisation to be a part of, the people. I am extremely grateful to have had the chance to work alongside inspiring business and technology professionals. I have understood the importance of communication skills and how to interact with different kinds of people, whether it is face to face, over an email or through social media. I have also learnt how to multitask better, particularly with looming deadlines (something that will come in very handy for university!). Most importantly I understand how vital positivity is, and how it can have the power of bringing people together, even at the most stressful of times. I look forward to starting my final year of university in September, taking away these skills that I have developed with Capgemini and applying them in future endeavours.
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