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E.L.I.T.E. – 2017 Batch Blogs

“Do not be afraid to try new things and fail!”

Before joining Capgemini, the closest I had come to insurance was the LIC building in Connaught Place, which Delhiites use as a location reference for meeting people. To me, buying insurance or settling claims was synonymous to huge paperwork and endless follow-ups with customer support. Little did I know that I would soon be working in a team that was building digital initiatives to change the way customers were provided insurance-related assistance. Read More

Anshul SinghE.L.I.T.E. Management Trainee at Capgemini India

Second innings at corporate life: First month of first project

With a detailed, overwhelming and enriching month of onboarding, I was brimming with excitement to get up and running on my first rotation project. While I was excited, I was also somewhat unnerved, given the high expectations pegged on us. The first project for me turned out to be “Brand Enhancement of Financial Services Business Unit of Capgemini”. This was a new challenge for me since I had never thought of myself as a strategy or a marketing person. This rotation gave me the opportunity to explore a new side of me, and the experience has been exceeding expectations since then. Read More

Souvik Ghosh,  E.L.I.T.E. Management Trainee at Capgemini India

1st Rotation Project – A Pandora’s Box

The amazing trip to Paris was still fresh on my mind while a new battle was being laid out in Hyderabad. A battle between my skills and the challenges ahead, a battle between my career goals and my resilience capacity, a battle between ME and my passion – I am talking about my first rotation project as part of the E.L.I.T.E. General Management Program, Capgemini. The program involves four stints of 2-3 months’ duration each in the first year before we are absorbed into a specific vertical of the Financial Services division. Read More

Ankur Saraf, E.L.I.T.E. Management Trainee at Capgemini India

Domain Exposure, Fun and Learning from Hyderabad to Singapore

We were in the middle of a hectic day at Les Fontaines with deadlines looming, and a lot of work still left to do when we were forced out of our room and made to have dinner. And that is when I got to know from David and Chirag (E.L.I.T.E. core team members) that I have been allotted my high priority choice project- working with the Asia wealth management team. Read More

Akshat Govil, E.L.I.T.E. Management Trainee at Capgemini India

Ambiguity, great work and hectic travel – Consulting in a nutshell

My journey till now can be summed up by the famous dialogue from Forrest Gump – “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get”. I still remember the day when we were given a list of 19 projects that were sourced specifically for the E.L.I.T.E. trainees to take up in our first rotation and we had to rate them as high, medium or low, depending on our preference. It had some amazing projects and I was surprised at the fact that such important projects had been kept aside for us. Sifting through the list, I found a project that completely captured my attention. Read More

Akshat Verma, E.L.I.T.E. Management Trainee at Capgemini India

Exemplary Learning In Thrilling Environment

People Matter, Results Count. This is the tagline of Capgemini – one of the few companies for which its people come first, and then results. A long-lasting taste of this tagline is what I got during the 5-weeks of my onboarding here. Read More

Arpit Shah, E.L.I.T.E. Management Trainee at Capgemini India

Rotation 1 – The challenge that gets you started

The on-boarding into the ELITE program ended with an exciting week in Paris where we learned about different aspects of Consulting. Now was the time to apply the same in a professional environment. The rotation stint was meant to challenge us and take us into uncharted territories, and having almost completed the first rotation, I can surely say that it has proved to be exactly that. Read More

Shashwat Sharma, E.L.I.T.E. Management Trainee at Capgemini India

When I Hit the Ground Running – First E.L.I.T.E. Assignment

After an intense 5-week training, and a relaxing weekend to cool off, I found myself adapting to the rigour of working at Capgemini pretty quick. It would only be fair to say that the E.L.I.T.E. training had equipped us precisely for such a start to our first round of assignments. While I did have certain preferences regarding what my first assignment should be, I more or less kept an open mind, after all, every single assignment was thoroughly scrutinized while sourcing to provide us with the highest level of learning and exposure. So, when I was told that I would get to work on a project that will drive innovation, I pretty much knew what I was getting into, or so I thought! Read More

Abhijith Remanan, E.L.I.T.E. Management Trainee at Capgemini India

And, We Have Liftoff !

It was 9 pm, and I was 50 kilometers outside Paris. But I was not alone: along with me were four incredible team mates, and we were all working hard to meet an 11 pm deadline for a deliverable. Almost out of nowhere, Chirag (the E.L.I.T.E. Project Manager) entered our meeting room to inform us about our confirmed allocations for the first assignment post our onboarding. The task at hand weighed much more heavily on my mind at the time to fully absorb the news. Read More

Nimit Garg, E.L.I.T.E. Management Trainee at Capgemini India

The journey so far – E.L.I.T.E. First Rotation

Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, blockchain – one comes across these terms very often now a days; but very few are clear on what these terms mean. When I was assigned my first rotation as a Blockchain analyst, I was both excited and nervous – excited to learn about an emerging technology and to be able to really understand it; nervous as I wasn’t really sure of what I would face. So, I started with the basics – I read multiple documents, articles, and reports on the technology and its applications. In the first interaction itself, my manager had clearly outlined the scope of the project. During the first week, I was working from the Capgemini office in Paris; this gave me the opportunity to meet the team and to get things off the ground. Read More

Annie Sailo, E.L.I.T.E. Management Trainee at Capgemini India

Technology & Consulting – The perfect ingredients for Tech Consulting Experience

I still remember the first day of my rotation project as I was all excited to have my first call with my project sponsor cum manager who is the Head of FinTech for Continental Europe. Getting an opportunity to work on Capgemini’s FinTech initiatives was a dream come true. My sponsor and I had completed almost equal time in the organization and both of us were excited to get the ball rolling. The long discussion culminated into a list of deliverables and goals to be achieved during the 6 months of my rotation and it has been almost 3 months since then and every day has been a new learning experience for me. Read More

Ashutosh Kukreti, E.L.I.T.E. Management Trainee at Capgemini India

E.L.I.T.E. Rotation One Begins

Post an interesting and diverse mix of experiences and interactions with senior leaders, we all eagerly anticipated the start of the first rotation and what it would have in store for us. The project kicked off with emails and subsequent conference calls with great energy and enthusiasm. Read More

Mrinalini Singh, E.L.I.T.E. Management Trainee at Capgemini India

Testing uncharted waters at Capgemini

Support to GIA 2017.
If you understand what that means, then you are someone who has worked as part of internal audits before, or you are lucky and knowledgeable to have read or heard about related stuff. I was neither and hence was not clear of what this assignment entailed until I glanced upon the brief description that was provided to us. Read More

Arjun Vijay, E.L.I.T.E. Management Trainee at Capgemini India

From a freshly brewed MBA graduate to an AI expert

I remember watching Terminator when I was a teenager. But not in my wildest dreams, I had thought about talking robots or supercomputers. In November 2016, demonetization hit us and soon every shop across the country including the street vendors displayed a flex outside their shop/cart. The flex belonged to Paytm – India’s own mobile wallet. Yet, I was nowhere near the big picture. Read More

Raghi Thulaseedharan, E.L.I.T.E. Management Trainee at Capgemini India

Jumping Through the Looking Glass – The First Rotation Experience!

There was always a mystique related to sales for me. How do you actually go and get business? And then once you have a client, how do you proactively grow the business and make sure that your existing engagements are being managed well? So many moving parts, different priorities, different internal and external stakeholders to manage. It all seemed a bit overwhelming. When our first rotation started (after our unforgettable trip to Les Fontaines, France of course!), I found out that I would get the opportunity to really get a hands on experience working with the Global Account Executive for a Large European Bank as well as the Sales team in Bangalore. Read More

Kartikeya Tayal, E.L.I.T.E. Management Trainee at Capgemini India

Leadership, Strategic Thinking and Team work

– Lessons & Experiences from my first E.L.I.T.E. ProjectThe moment I started my journey in WinCentre, kicking off the first rotation project, I knew it was going to be special. Two days into the team, I started to realize that the work would be challenging and fun, and I will come out of it more refined and knowledgeable. Read More

Shabahat Shakeel, E.L.I.T.E. Management Trainee at Capgemini India

The Kick-off: E.L.I.T.E. Rotation 1

Payment Service Directive – 2 (PSD2), CMA and Open Banking were very new terms to me, as I had no background related to Banking and payments domain that too of the European Region. One needs to do a lot of research and reading in order to develop good understanding about banking and payments scenario in the UK and the European market. Read More

Tarun Bansal, E.L.I.T.E. Management Trainee at Capgemini India

Scene 2, Take 1

The first five weeks at Capgemini were a whirlwind affair, taking us from classrooms to castles, from conference halls to gaming arenas, from watching videos to being in them to shooting them! The E.L.I.T.E. on-boarding program was not only designed comprehensively, but also helped me identify what it means to be a part of the ‘Capgemini family’. However, like all good things in life, this too had to end, and in the blink of an eye, it was time for my first rotation assignment of the E.L.I.T.E. program. Read More

Saurav Mahapatra, E.L.I.T.E. Management Trainee at Capgemini India