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Natalie Davies' career at Capgemini

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Capgemini

Natalie Davies

 

Tell us about your role. What does a day in your life at Capgemini look like?

In my role as an architect, I’m responsible for shaping technology solutions for clients. This can involve discovery work, which is almost like being a detective – finding out what the current situation is to better understand the problem, creating solution designs to articulate the future state, gaining buy-in from stakeholders where necessary, and taking the design through governance processes to ensure that the solution is of optimal quality. I also support the delivery of the approved solution which can sometimes involve giving technical direction to teams involved in the build but can also be more hands-on. I leverage the skills from my technical background to help the delivery where I know I can add value, for example – troubleshooting issues with databases or servers.


The role of a solution architect is varied, and mine is very ‘me’ shaped as a result! My average day might require my involvement in several projects which could all be at different stages, so it is usually a combination of attending client meetings, internal meetings, and ad-hoc meetings to work through blockers, technical research, and documentation – and having catch-ups with colleagues over coffee!

 

What’s the best thing about working at Capgemini?

It must be the people. I work with some incredibly talented and supportive colleagues. Architecture at Capgemini is a real team effort – we don’t work in isolation, and I have had the benefit of my colleagues’ experience, support, advice, and guidance whenever I have needed it.

Knowledge sharing is also a huge thing – if there’s something that I don’t know, there’s always someone I can reach out to for advice. It goes both ways – if I attend a conference for example, there is the expectation that I bring back and share that knowledge with my colleagues or spend a couple of hours helping a colleague on their project in an area where I have the role of an SME.

 

What makes you proud to work at Capgemini

One thing would be the CSR initiatives. Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to get involved in a number of activities, including school visits to encourage students to consider STEM subjects, specific initiatives to encourage more girls to study and pursue careers in STEM, setting up a vegetable garden at one of our offices in order to grow food for a local food bank, and talking to undergraduate students about career opportunities in technology. These have been a worthwhile experiences, particularly when we get feedback from the students on how much they enjoyed our sessions and how inspired they felt.

I was particularly proud of Capgemini’s efforts during the pandemic – the opening of Les Fontaine, our learning campus, as a safe space for women and children escaping situations of domestic violence was something that really moved me.

 

How are you working towards the future you want?

I’ve had many opportunities to develop during my career at Capgemini, but the best has been joining the Architect’s Academy, a professional structured training framework for aspiring Architects.

I joined the academy after being primarily a Database Administrator for many years. The Architect’s Academy took me through an 18-month program where I was ‘an architect from day one’. I have been given all the support I need to learn, grow, and succeed. This willingness to support people to meet their career aspirations is something that I have really benefited from. I’m passionate about encouraging future architects through the same process.

 

What advice would you give to someone joining Capgemini?

To reach out and network. There are so many formal and informal communities. You could find a group of people to game online with, others in your role or discipline who can support your professional development, communities for technologies, or study groups for certifications. Capgemini is a diverse community; there is bound to be a group that shares your interest – you might find friends or your next career move.

 

Lastly – one of the seven Capgemini values is ‘fun’ – don’t be afraid to embrace it!

 

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