By Frank Zhou, Capgemini intern.
I took part in the Capgemini Community Challenge week in my 1st year, which was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Our task was to propose a fundraising solution to our charity client: DEBRA. I developed my employability skills by using my analytical skills to make a budget for the events we planned for our client. The people I worked with were very amazing – I was pleased that I could learn a lot from my colleagues and thus gained invaluable teamwork spirit. On the last day of the programme, I presented our proposal with my team members to DEBRA, from which the presentation skills were developed immensely.
In my 3rd year, I rejoined Capgemini due to the previous working experience with Capgemini. I was very honoured to join the Central Business Operational Support (CBOS) team and serve at HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) account – the largest technology contract of British government. During the 6 week’s work experience, I was involved in creating interactive training tutorials for the CBOS team as part of their rebranding and responsible for finding out the user experience of their Clarity system (which is a system for time booking and project management). The first task was fairly straight forward whilst the other required me to meet with people from different teams and ask for their opinions.
As a leading IT consulting firm, Capgemini offered a comprehensive work experience for me, which enhanced my communication skills continuously and some technical skills. For example, when I was conducting the feasibility assessment of the Clarity system, I had to organise meetings with some colleagues from various departments/levels of the organisation who were using the Clarity system on a daily basis. It was quite challenging initially because there were some senior staff among my interviewees, but in the meantime, as I went through the process, I found it absolutely rewarding to practice my interpersonal skills and therefore it improved my skills in dealing with clients.
In addition, as a student from a non-technical background, I was glad I could have opportunities to develop myself through some technical training. The team ran several IT sessions for my colleagues, and I fortunately got involved and learned a few things about SQL (a programming language for managing data) and VBA (a programming language for automating processes within Microsoft Office suite). As a result, I believe they would look good on my CV and make me stand out of the crowd.
Besides, the working environment was friendly and comfy. It was a good workplace for new joiners as they typically got opportunities to move from role to role. I could tell that my colleagues were busy at work but they had good work-life balance. To summarise, it is strongly recommended that anyone who is pursuing a career in IT industry should join Capgemini as it is a good place to start the career path.