During the first week of July, I completed a week long work experience placement at Capgemini. I have decided to share my experience with you as it may (hopefully!) help you make a decision as to whether or not you want to apply there for work experience.
Capgemini is an IT consultancy firm with branches across the world, in over 40 countries. They are one of the world’s leading companies in providing professional services, including outsourcing, infrastructure and cloud services which they deliver by combining cutting-edge technology and expertise. From what I saw, it was also apparent that Capgemini is a very diverse organisation, with employees from a wide range of backgrounds. They’ve also been recognised by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for 4 consecutive years.
As I will be doing Computer Science at A Level from September, I was keen to find out what kind of career paths this could lead to in the future and whether consultancy is something I would be interested in as I was not really aware of what it entailed prior to my placement. I also wanted to find out more about what Capgemini is like as a company as I have been doing some research into their degree apprenticeships as an alternative to university.
During my time at Capgemini, I was part of a group of 4 placements (Year 11 – Year 13 students) at the site in Birmingham. Luckily we all got along really well with each other which meant we had lots of fun while learning. On the first day we were introduced to Capgemini, their values and their mission. We found out what it is that the company does – delivering technology based solutions to clients worldwide, thus enabling companies to improve their performance.
At the start of the week, we were briefed on a research task by a retail manager at a convenience store chain. Throughout the week, we researched into this task by conducting surveys, analysing data and putting together a presentation. We relayed our research back to the client over a conference call at the end of the week. I found this to be a valuable experience as it allowed us to get an idea of what consultants may do on a day-to-day basis.
We were also given the opportunity to work within different departments on site – this included the Project Management Office, as well as several of Capgemini’s clients. It definitely opened my eyes to the wide range of jobs that are available within the company, meaning that if you’re passionate about IT, you’re bound to find something somewhere that suits you!
I found my experience to be wholly valuable and I feel as if I can make a more informed decision about further education based on everything I have learnt over the week. We were given a talk on the different routes into the company as well as the many perks of working there (we got free tea & coffee throughout the week by the way!) I’m much more aware of what management consultancy is and have found it to be more interesting than I expected which was a pleasant surprise!
Our work experience hosts were very welcoming and friendly as well as being totally willing to answer any questions. It was particularly useful being able to find out how different people got into the company and their personal experiences.
I would say that if you are interested in business, finance, computer science, or even the company, it is definitely worth doing the work experience as it gives you a very useful insight into the company – there’s only so much you can find out online. If you’re looking at it as a potential future workplace then I would definitely recommend it as you get a feel of the atmosphere and you get the opportunity to speak to apprentices/graduates personally.
I’ve also realised that you might like the idea of studying a subject but you may not enjoy a career in it and it’s better to realise that now through work experience than later, once you’ve committed to a course at university. I’m glad I did work experience because of this and I would highly recommend it if you are unsure about how subjects you enjoy at school may be applied in the workplace.
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If you have any questions then please do ask! Oh and I would love to hear your opinions are on the ‘degree apprenticeships vs university’ debate.
Until next time,