Our greatest strength at Capgemini is our people, so we asked them for their tips for success. We’ve collected some of our favourite responses below, so you can learn from the best.
1. Be yourself
One of the most important things is to be yourself. You will have been hired because the company believes in your ability to carry out the role so let your interests and personality shine through as this will make the job one you wake up in the morning looking forward to go to.
It’s important to make the effort to network, and not just with those above you. Try and get to know people from the start at all levels; it's good to get to know all the graduates on your intake and then build your base of contacts from there.
There are plenty of graduate social events to meet those on the same level as you, and you might be surprised by how much you learn from others in your position. You’re all in it together, after all.
3. Get involved
Jump in with both feet! You need to grab the opportunities given to you and push for the opportunities that you need to create. If you want to learn more or get involved with a certain area, ask! The team here is always happy to help you develop and get you involved.
If you want more responsibility, ask, and take ownership of what you do. This is also the best way to find what you really enjoy. The more opportunities you say yes to, the quicker you will find something you really love.
Likewise, if you know something, don't be afraid to shout out. Being brave and just going for it will help you go far much faster. You should also take advantage of the training opportunities on offer and get involved in the social side of the company - there is a great emphasis on having fun here, where we’re all part of a community and what contribute, you really get back.
4. Take control of your career
At Capgemini, the onus is on you to direct your development and take control of your career, and the company will support you in whichever direction you choose.
If you don't like the role you have been assigned to go and find another one yourself. Don't wait for people to do things for you. Also, always keep an eye on the competencies of the grade above you so that you know what you need to do to get there.”
It’s worth keeping track of how much you are progressing because you will be learning more than you realise.
A lot of what you pick up will feel 'self-taught' and it is up to you to go out and ask for help, and ask how best to do a task.
5. Ask Questions
Initially, it feels like a bit of a jumble with so many people and frameworks to remember but my one bit of advice is to find another member of the grad scheme, whether it's your buddy or not, and ask them everything no matter how silly it may seem. They can help unravel the jumble in minutes when it could take you weeks or months.”
It is always better to work through the issues you are having with others than to go on not knowing something. There are plenty of people you can speak to for advice and it will never be held against you.
6. Think positive
Always be optimistic and realistic. As a graduate you will find there are different experiences - sometimes daunting. Daunting opportunities are often a way to show how you work under pressure, however don't be afraid to find light in the situation. Also, don't be intimidated that you're not an expert yet.
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