Now that we have finished our graduate induction the main feeling we are left with is excitement to throw ourselves into the first projects of our Capgemini Consulting careers. The induction was an amazing experience and an opportunity to work with a great group of people, and it has made us more restless than ever to get started on our client roles.
In our second induction week we built upon the foundation of consulting skills and knowledge that we had been given in our first week. In week one, we had vast quantities of information poured over us and in week two we were able to process this into a solid context. In many ways week two was much more fulfilling as we were able to get much closer to the core of what we will really be doing on our first projects and for the next few years of our career.
We listened to fascinating talks from presenters from every level within the company, from recent CDC joiners to the CEO. We were able to utilise these opportunities to ask the questions that would start to affect the way we approached our work and the choices we will make throughout our careers. We also met the people who will shape the next two years of our lives, from having breakfast with our career counsellors and our CDC ‘buddies’, to having dinner with the graduate leadership team. The CDC-wide dodgeball social (a bar, a dodgeball court and 60 graduate consultants, what could go wrong?!) was quite an experience as well.
The highlight of the second week (and probably of the whole induction) was the presentations to senior management delivered on Friday as part of our final exercise. Without wanting to spoil the- ahem- fun for CDCers to come, it is safe to say we learned a lot and not necessarily about what you can read in business books.
We now look forward to getting stuck into our first projects. Whilst it is slightly daunting, the preparation that the induction gave us means that we know what to expect... and if that fails, then we have a constantly pinging Whatsapp group with our fellow CDC starters. They, in the exact same position, are pretty good at reassuring you and form part of the community that makes sure you never feel alone.
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