What's your role at Capgemini and how long have you worked there?
I'm a Strategy and Change Consultant and I've been working here for 5 months (since September 2018)
Why did you choose Capgemini?
I chose Capgemini primarily because of the culture; Capgemini is a rare gem in that it truly embodies its values and strives to support and encourage its employees to grow along with the organisation. The collaborative and inclusive nature of Capgemini means that you don’t have to face difficulties alone and there is always someone willing to give a helping hand. This was a staggering contrast to many of the other companies I had applied to for jobs which felt clinical and unnecessarily competitive. For me, Capgemini was an easy choice.
I didn’t specifically choose to work in Telford – I was happy to move anywhere for the job at Capgemini and that’s saying a lot since I came all the way from Scotland! However, Telford is a fantastic place to be a young employee – house prices are very reasonable meaning it is easy to save money; you have everything you need with a new shopping centre, fantastic transport links and Birmingham only a 30 minutes train journey away; Capgemini’s Telford offices also have a significant pool of Graduates and Apprentices meaning there is plenty of younger people to network and interact with!
How would you describe your first working period at Capgemini?
My first couple of days, weeks and months at Capgemini surpassed all expectations. I had moved 8 hours away from my home in Scotland to join Capgemini and knew no one within a 50 mile radius of Telford. I was definitely nervous to make the move and start my new life but Capgemini supported me the whole way. My new team contacted me regularly after I accepted my offer and were extremely helpful in making sure I was able to settle in well.
Capgemini is an actively inclusive company which cares about its employees – it was one thing to see evidence of this through the number of inclusivity-related awards it has won but to experience it in my first couple of months has been fantastic! Going into an organisation entrenched firmly in the tech industry, I definitely at times felt intimidated in the months leading up to starting my job. However, I really didn’t have anything to worry about. I have been constantly encouraged to speak up and bring my ideas to the table, even when I am dealing with senior stakeholders and those who have been in the industry a lot longer than me!
What would you identify as the main benefits of working in a regional office?
Working in a regional office means we have the luxury to be able to network and build supportive, lasting relationships within Capgemini. The ability to meet with a mentor for a cup of coffee in the canteen or chat to a colleague by the coffee machine can be really valuable moments in your personal and professional development.
If you had one piece of advice for a prospective applicant for the Telford office, what would it be?
Strive to try new things – Capgemini’s culture rewards experimentation and encourages active inclusion meaning you will always be supported in trying something you’ve never done before. There are so many opportunities to experience different areas of a business at Capgemini, many of them involving fun team challenges! If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at coding, understand the complexities of Project Management or literally anything else you can think of, Capgemini is the place to do it.