Capgemini: A Career Conversation with Jillian Epperson

What motivated you to join Capgemini?
I joined Capgemini because I wanted to work for a company that focuses on innovation and emphasizes the importance of individuals. In my interviews with Capgemini, I felt that I would be an important part of the team, and I would have lots of opportunities to learn and grow. Everyday I am challenged to think outside of the box to help solve problems, and I am encouraged to bring my ideas forward.

How does Capgemini convey to employees a sense of belonging?
I feel that Capgemini conveys belonging to employees, by having Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and by prompting events that focus on employee wellbeing and inclusion. In addition to ERGs, we also have a Capgemini Care Day(s) where we volunteer with local community organizations. I think that the volunteer opportunities and the ERGs help me feel included and that I belong. By providing opportunities for me to interact with other employees, and to focus on the common experience helps me make connections with my peers and feel a sense of belonging.

In what ways has Capgemini supported your professional development and growth?
Capgemini offers a variety of online learning opportunities, and I am currently enrolled in a few of the courses. I can take courses on anything that I am professionally interested in. I am taking a course about finance for employees who do not come from a finance background; this course is helping me learn about the foundations of finance since I am working in the Financial Services business unit. Not only does this platform allow me to gain context that I may not have gotten through on-the job experience, but I am also able to take courses that help prepare me for, or even allow me to complete, a certificate program.

In what ways are you supported in maintaining a healthy work-life balance?
Capgemini does a lot to help support a healthy work-life balance. We have very comprehensive benefits plan options that allow me to take charge of my health and wellness. Capgemini also offers a variety of discounts and perks – like free/reduced gym memberships, access to discounts for insurance, and more.

How do you know that you’re making a difference/having an impact with the work that you do?
I know that I am making an impact because I see the results of my work. I am creating content, sharing information with others, helping with events, etc. All these things help others and/or impact them in some way. My role is unique, but I see others in the company doing the same things. Helping with client projects, seeing the projects come to life. Working with a client to help problem solve for a project, and more. Even though we are a large company with around 350,000 employees, each employee can help make a difference on their teams, and within their scope.

What makes you proud to represent Capgemini?
I am proud to represent Capgemini as I think that the company does a great job supporting its employees and promoting its values. Our values are - Honesty, Boldness, Trust, Freedom, Fun, Modesty, and Team Spirit. Since day one, I have seen these in action. I have consistently been encouraged to be authentic and have fun in my role. I am proud to represent Capgemini because I can honestly say that I enjoy my job, and that the company’s values are taken very seriously and are implemented in all our work.

In what ways do you feel like you’ve grown since working for Capgemini?
I joined Capgemini after a career working at colleges and universities, and I had no corporate experience. Since starting Capgemini I have gained a lot of confidence. I am encouraged from all levels, and I strive to make a difference. Sure, I have made mistakes along the way, but I have learned so much since I started, and I have learned that Capgemini really does care for its employees’ growth and development.

What do you wish you had known about the professional world when you were a student?
I wish that I knew the importance of establishing balance and finding things outside of work I enjoyed. When I was in school, I was always busy, running from class, to clubs, to the gym, etc. When I left school, I didn’t have those things anymore, and instead spent a lot of time outside of work, thinking about or doing work. It was very easy for me to start feeling isolated and burnt out because I was focusing so much on work and didn’t have anything else going on.

So, my advice is to find things that you enjoy when you are in school and think about how you are going to incorporate them into your life outside of school. If going to the gym is important, is your new place close to a gym? Does your company offer a gym discount? Is going out with friends important? Are you going to be living with a friend? Are you moving to an area with lots to do? In my opinion, thinking about these things in advance can help you avoid burn out, and in turn that will help you find balance.

In thinking about emerging young professionals, what advice would you share to those seeking their first opportunities?
I would say that it is important to explore your options. If you see a job that you think you’d be good at, but you don’t have every skill listed, it is still okay to apply! You never know what will happen if you don’t try!

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