My usual work day
For me there is no such thing as a “usual” work day as my tasks can vary daily – which is something about my role that I really appreciate. Every day there is a different challenge, no day is ever the same as the last but each one is as exciting as the next. Some days I could be working in London, the next in Crawley, the next in Northampton. I go where my skills are needed and where I can be of best use. Similarly, I can enter the office and be given a formal execution of testing Electric Meters one day but then the next delve into security breach testing. One day I’ll be working with the physical meters the next I’ll be working with the backend systems. There’s only one thing consistent – the amazing team I have to support whatever activity I have that day. Regardless of what task I’m given, whether it’s a new responsibility or something I’ve done before, I know my team will always support and empower me to succeed.
My life at Capgemini
Before I had even finished my induction in September I was already assigned to a project. My first 2 weeks were full of support and training. They patiently taught me all the skills I needed to use and apply the systems to my work. Soon after I was given responsibility for areas of the project which makes you feel valued and builds your confidence. You are immediately given the opportunity to prove yourself. Second to this, I have been attending LGBT+ events up and down the country on behalf of Capgemini. I have built a network and met some amazing friends along the way – and I’m only 6 months in.
Places I have been
In 6 months I’ve travelled up and down the UK through various diversity and inclusion events and with the project I’ve been on since starting. This includes Edinburgh, Northampton, Crawley, Telford to name just a few.
Highlights of your career so far
The highlight of my career in terms of project work without a doubt is being trusted with my own responsibilities. A lot of graduate schemes in other companies don’t give you the chance to take ownership over an element of the project but Capgemini is quite the opposite. Not only does it challenge my technical skills but it empowers me to grow as a professional to ensure I am working at my best and contributing and adding value to the project. I feel valued and trusted and know that I will be rewarded with more responsibility because of my efforts.
I was given the opportunity to organise and lead Capgemini's efforts at National Student Pride this year. I had an amazing team and we were excited and motivated to show how diversity and inclusion is at the heart of the company. At the event a post graduate student came up to our stand and thanked us for being the only company with a racially diverse team engaging students at the fair. I could have burst with pride and it truly has empowered me to ensure events I run or am a part of are always representative.
My personal life
I graduated in 2016 with a degree in Biomedical Science and no knowledge about the technology sector and no experience in the IT industry. When I moved down to London I learned about all the exciting opportunities in the technology sector; especially for women, and found Capgemini. As I come from the Lake District I spend most of my time looking for mountains to climb or lots of outdoor places to explore. Since mountains in London are few and far I’ve recently joined Roller Derby. Capgemini are passionate about work/life balance so I usually spend my evenings brushing up on my skating or at the gym.
Projects I’m proud of
September 2017 : Learning how to use and apply complex systems in order to explain defects and issues in the testing of Smart Meters to others and in reports presented to Functional Business Analysts.