Tell us about your role. What does a day in your life at Capgemini look like?
My typical day is about co-creating, delivering sustainable transformations with clients and enabling a team of architects to grow and get the future they want. I lead a team of technology strategists and architects within the business technology team. We help clients solve problems, from strategy through to architecture, to help them plan their strategy and frame their transformation. Then, we actually steer it through execution. I advise on the role technology can play in reaching business outcomes and plan strategically on how to leverage that technology.
My day is usually split across client work and team leadership. From a client perspective, I work across multiple clients each day and help them make strategic decisions within their initiatives by helping to steer projects. I also establish how we can support them further.
Additionally, I’m responsible for growing my team of architects and technology strategists to suit the needs of the business. I’m also here to focus on the individual personal development of my team members to ensure they achieve their career goals, whilst providing the capabilities we need to service our clients with excellence.
What’s the best thing about working at Capgemini?
The best thing about working at Capgemini is the culture and everyone’s alignment with our values. It’s the way we all interact with each other as one, as an organization. I know how siloed some of our competitors are, but Capgemini is a very transparent and flat organization. You’re able to approach and involve anyone to find the best outcome for a client by bringing in the best people. At Capgemini, the attitude we take towards solving a client’s problem is exceptional. We work collectively as one Capgemini to determine the best outcome even though we all come from different areas of the business and different backgrounds.
Another part of the culture at Capgemini is that there’s a very strong focus on helping each other grow. I’ve had a lot of people who have influenced my growth – senior leaders, as well as my own team members. I also feel my role is critical to growing others. I have delivered a lot of training in Capgemini and have really enjoyed sharing my knowledge to help others grow.
What makes you proud to work at Capgemini?
I am proud to help clients make a sustainable impact through technology. I suppose I’ve got a bit of a passion for the impact of technology from a sustainability perspective, and that’s really driven me to look at how we can deliver sustainable solutions. I look at it from two levels: one is that the outcome for the client is sustainable so that they are able to run their business in the long term, and the other is the real environmental impact of what we do. As technology has evolved and its use expanded, we need to think about everything we do and how it affects our planet. Working at Capgemini helps me make a positive impact, as I’ve been working with clients to think about sustainability holistically. This has involved making their IT landscape more sustainable and helping them make the choices and decisions that reduce waste from the use of technology.
How are you working towards the future you want?
I love to be constantly developing and continually challenged. During my time at Capgemini, I’ve worked across many different practices, working with different technologies and different scopes of work. I have learnt that growth isn’t always about just promotion. It’s also about learning new things and being challenged in different ways.
Also, for me, learning has to be an everyday thing. The projects I work on at Capgemini, such as those related to cloud, have encouraged me to continually research and learn so I can provide real insights to clients. Being a part of sustainability discussions has also helped me stay ahead of the continual developments in this space. All of this means I am learning as I go.
What advice would you give to someone joining Capgemini?
My advice would be to truly understand the open nature of everyone at Capgemini and then utilize this to connect with people and find exciting opportunities. Invest and dedicate time to meet people. The culture at Capgemini really supports this and people are keen to help each other grow.
Secondly, keep looking for opportunities to take a new step forward. This may involve looking for different projects, meeting different people, and then finding the things that interest you. There is a huge amount of learning and development opportunities on offer at Capgemini, both through training and from hands-on project work. Try to establish where you want to go next, focus on that, and gradually grow towards it.