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Joining Capgemini, the Unorthodox Route

Joe Ravenscroft
19 Apr 2022

Hear from Joe who shares his experience of how he managed to get the future he wanted even though his original plan didn’t quite work out.

When I finished high school in 2016, being asked to choose my A Level subjects at college suddenly became very real. I didn’t have any idea what I wanted to do, and the reality is that it’s such an important decision to make. If you were to ask me why I chose the subjects I did, I would probably say just because I enjoyed those subjects.

I enjoyed computer/technology-based subjects. I believed a career in technology would be something I would be interested in, I just didn’t know where to start. Until I learnt about degree apprenticeships at college, I had no idea these were a thing. It was one of my friends who introduced me to them. Researching degree apprenticeship opportunities convinced me it was the pathway I wanted.

I applied for Capgemini’s Digital and Technology Solutions degree apprenticeship, because the programme seemed right for me, and Capgemini’s values resonated with me. When I was offered the job, I was over the moon! I felt very positively towards the role and the company ethos. I couldn’t wait to start.

All I had to do was achieve 3 C’s in my A-levels and I would to kick off my career as a Capgemini Apprentice, What could go wrong? Results day came around and I didn’t get what I hoped for. I was devastated. Sadly, Capgemini and Aston University confirmed that I wouldn’t be able to study for the degree.

I thought my role at Capgemini slipped through my hands. When I look back, it was completely my fault. Better preparation would have given me a better chance at meeting the required grades.

I set about applying for other opportunities, but I knew Capgemini is where I wanted to be.

However, Capgemini offered me a level 3 apprenticeship doing a very similar role.

I didn’t have to think twice. I felt very fortunate to be offered this opportunity. It showed me that Capgemini looks beyond your CV and focuses on employee’s strengths and motivation.

Since then, I haven’t looked back. I’ve worked with several clients learning something new every day and have been given the freedom to work independently, as well as develop relationships with our clients. I have become a social media advocate within team which has grown my network massively across LinkedIn and Twitter.

I was able to visit Oracle’s office in Reading to complete a training course and meet over 50 other apprentices in my induction week which was a great way to start my journey.

I have completed my level 3 apprenticeship and now have the opportunity to progress onto the degree apprenticeship. This shows how willing Capgemini are to take on young talent and work with them to develop their skills. I am super grateful for this.

I wouldn’t change a thing about the last 2 years. The level 3 apprenticeship was a very enjoyable experience. It allowed me to try new things, meet new people and apply what I learnt to my role. I am now looking forward to what my future may bring!

I think apprenticeships are a brilliant way for people to start their careers.