4 Questions Fresh Graduates Should Ask Before Joining An MNC

It’s a confusing world out there after your graduation. Degree in hand, many questions are bound to pop up in your head. “Should I work at a large company or a startup?” “Will I learn enough or will I get bored of the job after a month?” “What if I don’t find something relevant to my major?”

Why not let a fresh grad offer per perspectives on corporate life? Brendal Chung recently joined Capgemini, one of the world’s largest consulting, technology, and outsourcing companies. Find out more about Capgemini and the company’s admirable culture, through the words of a new graduate!

Brendal Chung, Associate Consultant, Capgemini

I joined the Capgemini Graduate Program in September 2015. During my time in the program I worked onsite with a client for a project and was also in the solution team for RFP (request for proposal) responses and bid management.

  1. Why did you join the Capgemini graduate program?

Capgemini is a global company and is growing rapidly in the Asia-Pacific region. The interview process was very informative, and I also met a lot of people from different backgrounds who were very engaging and experienced. I joined the program because I wanted to work with people who are experienced, and I felt that Capgemini was where I wanted to start my career as a graduate.

  1. How has the graduate program benefited you?

During the program I worked both on a project and for solutions team, and I felt that I managed to cover both breadth and depth in my work. Breadth-wise; working in solutions has given me countless insights into a wide range as I am working on opportunities from different industries, different technologies, and in different countries. Depth-wise; working onsite and offsite for a project has really helped me understand different aspects of the project, such as budgeting, financials, and PMO (project management office) activities. It’s been very rewarding so far!

  1. What do you enjoy the most about working for Capgemini?

The responsibility. Even as a new member of the company, I feel that I don’t really do admin or ad-hoc tasks and that I am actually of value when contributing to both teams and Capgemini as a whole. I am working directly with the client on issues such as billing and approvals. I am the bid manager for a wide variety of opportunities. And I am working with colleagues ranging up till the Vice-President level collaborating on tasks such as revenue forecast and project resourcing.

  1. Tell us about the culture at Capgemini and what you like about it.

The diversity at Capgemini is great; I work with people from different backgrounds, cultures, countries, and levels!

I feel comfortable talking to anyone and working with them. I don’t feel like I’m just a graduate. Everyone is very supportive regardless of what level they are within the organisation, and are willing to offer guidance and help you achieve your personal career goals!

Come excel in this affirming company culture with over 180,000 potential colleagues in 40 countries! Apply to Capgemini’s Technology Graduate Program, Singapore 2016 batch now:

For Business Consultants: https://www.hackertrail.com/capgemini-business

For Technology Consultants: https://www.hackertrail.com/capgemini-tech

A Fresh Grad At Her First Job

What’s it like working for a multi-national company with over 180,000 employees? Find out from one of the new employees at Capgemini, one of the world’s largest consulting, technology, and outsourcing companies. If you’re a fresh graduate hoping to land your first job, read on:

photo 1.3 gabrielle Gabrielle Fourmoy, Associate Consultant, Capgemini

1) What is it like working at client site as part of the Capgemini Graduate Program?

What is remarkable about working at the client site is that you start working from Day 1. You will contribute to the project right away, regardless the team you join. You get to collaborate with a skilled and knowledgeable team dedicated to achieve the same goal: deliver the project to the client’s expectations in terms of time, quality, and budget.

In addition, although we do not work face-to-face with our colleagues when we are on the client site, we still get constant support from them whenever needed.

2) What is one of your most valuable experiences so far?

Capgemini gives you multiple opportunities to grow different skills. You will get to meet people from different countries and of diverse backgrounds. I’ve worked onsite in the delivery of project, as well as on bid management. Looking back on the past year, I would say that one of my most valuable experiences in Capgemini was the ASE (Accelerated Solution Environment) I got to work on. The work was really intense but fulfilling, as there was a real team spirit. In two words, it was fun and enriching.

3) How have you been supported as a graduate?

Although sometimes people may be busy with project deliverables, they are always willing to spare some time to lend a hand and share knowledge. When you have a question or when you encounter a hurdle, you just have to send an email, or call for a colleague to help you. In addition, each graduate is assigned to a mentor who will provide you with the guidance and support so you can be successful.

Capgemini will give you opportunities and support, and the rest is up to you.

4) What would be your advice to graduates?

Capgemini looks for people who share the same values and are collaborative thinkers!

Be proactive; don’t wait for things to happen. Just be committed to self-development and be determined to make the most of the on-the-job opportunities Capgemini has to offer!

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Come excel in this affirming company culture! Apply to Capgemini’s Technology Graduate Program, Singapore 2016 batch now:

For Business Consultants: https://www.hackertrail.com/capgemini-business

For Technology Consultants: https://www.hackertrail.com/capgemini-tech