A New Year reflection: graduate life at Capgemini

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Aroosa Khan joined the Graduate Community as an Associate Consultant in November 2017.

Below she reflects on her journey so far:

Before Capgemini

I completed my BSc Hons Degree from the London School of Economics. Growing up and living in four different countries has given me a lifetime travel bug, so after recovering from final year exams, I took a few months off and travelled around the Middle East and South East Asia before returning back to London.

Why Capgemini

As unsure as I was about the future, there were a few things I was certain about. I wanted to enter the world of consulting – it’s fast-paced, experimental and constantly evolving. I wanted to work for an ethical company – one with a strong CSR agenda and giving back opportunities. The new technological digital age fascinated me and I wanted to be play active part in it. And finally, I wanted a fun and flexible working environment. As demanding as that sounds (in typical millennial fashion), I found Capgemini’s Graduate Community ticked these boxes.

Life at Capgemini

My first few months at Capgemini have been interesting. I met some wonderful people through a fun and engaging welcome week into the company. November’s induction took place in Telford with panel discussions, group activities (including evening events) and an insightful ‘collaborating with clients’ course. Since then, us grads have separated into various parts of the business and it’s really intriguing to hear about how different our roles can be. For most people, no two days are the same and this is most definitely the most exciting part of life at Capgemini for me!

What’s now and what’s to come…

My first engagement is teaching me the financial intricacies of project management. It’s a demanding role, particularly at month ends but I’m learning new things with a supportive team. Following through on my ‘corporate wish list’, I chose to represent Capgemini at a global Business School to give prospective graduates an idea of what the recruitment process was like. Within my first month, I found another opportunity to give back and organised a fruitful office bake sale (excuse the pun) in aid of a Winter Charity Appeal. Whatever spare time I have in between my internal commercial work, I browse through the hundreds of eLearning courses available for an extra boost of personal development outside of my specialisms.

I’ve come to learn that your future as a graduate is only as great as you choose to make it. My career with Capgemini has only just begun but I anticipate some great thing to happen in 2018. In this sense, my plan is uncertainly certain (apt for the consulting world) …

Here’s to new places, new faces and new challenges!

 

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