Tell us about your role. What does a day in your life at Capgemini look like?
I am involved in a number of roles, so the average day usually involves a lot. I lead the offer development for Capgemini’s portfolio, so my day usually involves some aspect of further enhancing the offer or the assets related to it. I also lead a very talented and experienced team of Enterprise Architects. Leading this team involves selling architecture services, driving innovation and transformation in our largest accounts and working with our business unit leaders. In my role as a leader in the North American region of the global architect’s community, I work with our delivery leader to further develop the skills and certification levels of our architects and enhance community connections.
What’s the best thing about working at Capgemini?
Capgemini has a long, rich history in architecture, and we have some exceptional executives that are master architects. It’s great to have the opportunity to work with them and learn from them across the globe. Of course, it’s always the people aspect that creates the best connection, but we also have many opportunities to deeply develop our own personal careers, whether that be on the technical, delivery, or sales sides of things, or a combination of all three.
What makes you proud to work at Capgemini?
Capgemini is truly a global company, but one that has close connections despite the geographical distances that are often between us. One of my favorite teams to work with is one where we have met bi-weekly for over a year through the pandemic – most of us have met each other before the pandemic but didn’t really know each other well. There are about eight of us from the US, UK, France, Nordics, India, and Australia. I feel like this team is really a bunch of friends, even though we only see each other virtually. It’s certainly true to say that working at Capgemini continues to be the best experience of my professional career to date.
How are you working towards the future you want?
One of the key things I have started in the U.S. is something common in Europe called “Design Office,”. This is usually led by an account chief architect, who works with a small team to drive innovation from Capgemini and our ecosystem to the client. This is a ton of fun, because you’re always researching and investigating new technology and new ways of doing things, then trying and testing them out with the client. It’s an amazing way to connect with all aspects of Capgemini and really bring thought leadership and value to the client and their business.
What advice would you give to someone joining Capgemini?
Don’t be afraid to try something new. I started with a business degree, but I was offered a role at a small software company because I could spell “DOS”! Okay, it wasn’t quite like that, but it was close. I had some business experience and a degree, so I was trained to support the payroll system, followed by the state and federal tax systems and – finally – the accounting system. I followed this up by working on an expert system at one of the top global firms with a global team – which was completely different to what was I trained to do.
When I joined here, it was saying ‘yes’ to something out of my comfort zone that built my confidence to learn quickly, and take on advanced roles at Capgemini, further expanding my network.