Sini Haara

From driving her own development, to cycling Palace to Palace – this Engagement and Communications Lead shares her #LifeAtCapgemini

Life at Capgemini

I joined Capgemini in January 2017. Previously I had worked as a public affairs consultant for three years and at the time was looking for new challenges. I’ve been at Capgemini for nearly 20 months now and as I approach the time to start progressing to the next stage of my career here, it’s great to look back and notice how much I’ve grown and developed in this short period of time.

All my projects have been interesting and challenging each in its own way. I started off with a project in the financial services sector supporting a project management office function. Eventually, I moved within the same client taking on a Business Analyst role, capitalising on my communication skills to help advise the client on customer communications. I worked in a large Capgemini team, which was fantastic as it meant I had an strong support network and was able to learn so much about consulting.

My current role is definitely my most challenging– but also my favourite. I’m an Engagement and Communications Lead in a Business Change team supporting a large-scale IT system rollout. I get to work with a wide variety of future users across the business and its supply chain. Our team is the external face of the system, so my biggest challenge has been gaining a sufficient technical understanding of the new system and the existing processes and systems it will replace in order to answer user questions.

My favourite part about Capgemini has been my ability to drive my own development both through client work and internal projects – that and the people. The people here are so approachable and knowledgeable, and I’ve learned so much from everyone I’ve worked with.

Day in the Life of

Monday morning, I get up early, finish packing and do the 2-hour journey to my client’s office. Once I arrive I usually ask around for a desk – hot desking can be frustrating, but it’s been a great way to get to know people. At the moment I’m part of the change management workstream of a large-scale IT rollout.  My work days vary so much. They can consist of anything from multiple meetings with client subject matter experts, hosting workshops and key user forums, to drafting up communications and managing our communications and engagement plan.

I usually finish around 6pm after which I head to the hotel to unwind. Mondays our team tends to reserve for ourselves, so I like to hit the hotel gym, order my food and catch up with some life admin.

Places you have been

From a day trip to Edinburgh to exploring the sites of Bristol, I’ve been lucky enough to travel across the UK. I’ve had quite a bit of variety in terms of where I’ve been based on project. I think my favourite location so far has been Les Fontaines, where I did the Consulting Skills Workshop in February 2017, soon after I joined Capgemini.

Highlights of your career so far

My current role is definitely the highlight of my career so far. I started in a supporting role but have been able to widen the scope of the work that I’m responsible for and am trusted to drive our communications and engagement approach independently. It’s been a steep learning curve, as it’s an extremely challenging project from a change management perspective, but I’ve received excellent client feedback particularly on my work on engaging key users effectively and improving our communications.

The other key highlight has been working with our Utilities leadership to improve our sector community. The fact that I’m a graduate has never held me back from leading initiatives and working with some of the most senior people in our company, who are always willing to support and coach you to launch valuable new initiatives.

Personal life (interests, hobbies etc)

I started road cycling the year before I joined Capgemini. I’m not much of a risk taker so it was definitely outside my comfort zone to cycle at high speeds with cars and trucks whizzing past. I love it now though. Last year I did the Palace to Palace event with Capgemini, cycling 45 miles from Buckingham to Windsor. It was my first ever charity event. This year I’m doing the Ultra and cycling 90 miles, so I’m doing my best to prepare for that. The rest of my free time is spent wedding planning!

Sini Haara
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