Architect

Sheetal Khandkar

In Capgemini we support each other, going beyond the call of duty

Tell us about your role. What does a day in your life at Capgemini look like?

As part of the Capgemini Engineering Group, I work on various product development programs for our customers. There is something new to learn every day. I have worked on niche engagements in consumer electronics like the development of digital TV set-top boxes and beverage dispensers as well as on infotainment systems for our automotive customers. The field is very demanding but exciting, and I get to work with the finest talent in the engineering space. Typical workdays in an engineering organization are completely unpredictable. In my current role as Director and Chief Architect in Automotive, the thing that I look forward to most is creating something innovative that can generate value for our customers, in addition to the usual customer meetings, project discussions and team meetings. This, coupled with updating my skills with latest technologies and supporting others, makes the work at Capgemini interesting and rewarding.

What’s the best thing about working at Capgemini?

The best thing is an event that has become almost a ritual at Capgemini: “TGIM,” short for “Thank God It’s Monday” which is a musical celebration that happens every Monday by our Fun Committee in India It carries such a positive vibe! In fact, it’s the work culture at Capgemini that makes for a very pleasant career journey. I have been fortunate to have some really great mentors and teams during my career progression within the organization. It’s like a family. Be it automotive, consumer, medical or industrial sectors, it is absolutely essential to have a good connection with others to create interesting products for our clients, build our expertise, and grow with them. Additionally, every project is unique, requiring every team member to produce high-quality work, something that is not possible without passion. In Capgemini we support others, going beyond the call of duty. That is what I admire the most.

What makes you proud to work at Capgemini?

First and foremost, I would like to mention the fantastic work Capgemini is doing in the corporate responsibility sphere, especially in response to the COVID-19 crisis. It was a proud moment for all of us when Capgemini announced a massive aid to augment medical infrastructure in India. Such external social initiatives combined with internal ones – like an effort to encourage women participation at all levels – is commendable. I am myself a part of the Capgemini’s Global Architects community, a community of like-minded Architects coming together to share, discuss, grow and collaborate – with the approach of ‘Together we win’. I am also proud to be a member of Capgemini Engineering, which is leading the future of engineering.

How are you working towards the future you want?

I feel there is huge potential in the technical talent in India, and I see ample opportunities coming our way. In an individual capacity and as a team, we are striving to consistently contribute to Capgemini’s global effort to achieve excellence in technical and delivery domains.

As part of Capgemini Engineering, I see a lot of global opportunities post-pandemic, and I see that this is the time when we can convert them into accelerated career paths.

Capgemini has several frameworks to nurture technical talent and provide support for career growth, suchglobal initiatives like the “Women in Delivery” program. While I am a part of – and  even lead – some  of these initiatives, I strive for more such challenges, as they inspire me every single day.

What advice would you give to someone joining Capgemini?

If we all work together, we can win! We all bring our expertise, our strengths, and our skills to the table.. Capgemini helps us to grow a neural network with the skills, strengths, and expertise of others in the organization. It’s a fertile environment to learn from the best, and it’s not just technical skills, — it’speople and management skills, too. When I joined this company many years ago, I was fortunate to have very knowledgeable leaders to guide me. Over time, I have developed my own network to support my growth. I sense that in this fast-changing world, it is important to keep up with changes and to stay ahead. Don’t shy away from taking on new challenges, take every opportunity to reach out, and learn and make the best out of what Capgemini has to offer.

 

Sheetal Khandkar

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