Helen Thompson

Helen Thompson
Associate Consultant for Capgemini United Kingdom - CC
With Capgemini since 2014
Being at Capgemini means being connected to a network of experts, the challenges and opportunities of the varied client projects leaves me feeling satisfied with my development, and inspired to grow.

My path at Capgemini

  • I joined Capgemini as part of the CDC graduate scheme in April 2014

    I joined Capgemini as part of the CDC graduate scheme, with two weeks’ intensive induction training. First client role designing & delivering comms to UK building society that was in period of rapid growth. Began CDC internal work for CS&R stream, supporting Volunteer Police Cadets in development and expansion.

  • in an end-to-end engagement for a Public Sector client in October 2014

    Involved in end-to-end engagement experience for roll out of Windows 7 to 80,000 PCs. Role evolved, providing me with stretch and an opportunity to broaden my experience. Working with senior stakeholders to monitor and advance apps preventing upgrade to Windows 7.

  • Began role at utilities provider in February 2015

    Began role at utilities provider, assessing their change management maturity through a number of channels. Became involved in BMT comms team, producing weekly ‘Roundup’ of information and events. 

  • Currently working on Digital Proposition in November 2015

    Currently working on Digital Proposition, for an online bank. Great learning about the tools and technology on the market – can’t wait for some of it to be available universally!

    Leading the CDC development of a mentor scheme proposition, still in the design phase….  

My usual work day

My usual work day varies depending on location. When I am heading to client site I currently get up at 4.15 (ouch) to fly to Dublin. After arriving at the airport the team shares a taxi to the office and we set up in a room we affectionately call ‘the cave’.  At the moment my days are mainly taken up in workshops and meetings to discuss digital design and customer experience, so lots of post-it notes and writing on the walls. In the evenings we generally go to dinner as a team and enjoy the great food on offer in Dublin and the great atmosphere.

 

When I work in Holborn (usually Friday’s) I commute from my home near Winchester. This can be a bit of a pain when there’s a breakfast meeting at 8am, as this means I have to get up at 5.30. However it is great being able to have coffee with friends and colleagues at the office, and catch up with admin. Usually I get home at a sensible time for a Friday.

 

Places I have been

Place : Les Fontaines, Paris 

Date  : June 2014

Purpose of visit : CDC Consulting Skills, learning the basics of being a consultant in the beautiful training suites owned by Capgemini!

 

Place : Dublin 

Date  : October 2015

Purpose of visit : Client site based in Dublin.

My personal life

As I live on a farm, my weekends usually have some aspect which involves getting muddy, whether just seeing the pigs, or dog walking…

 

I like to bake and usually have something on my baking to-do list (pinned on Pinterest!)

 

I am also now mildly addicted to NCIS/CSI type shows so if those are on in the evening I am bound to be watching.

 

If I’m not doing any of the above, I’ll be spending time with my family and friends over food, drink and other entertainment.

 

I work in Capgemini Consulting

  • Country
    United Kingdom - CC
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Experience level
    Entry level / Graduate
  • Education level
    Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • Fun fact
    I live on a farm (in a house) and get regular cuddles from piglets.

Specialism Change Management

Working at Capgemini, I have been exposed to a wealth of new experiences and opportunities. This undoubtedly meant some challenging roles and projects, but the project teams I worked with provided me support and guidance to feel confident in my delivery. I have seen my responsibility grow across my time in the CDC and I attribute this to my work ethic and quality of my deliverables.

 

I am developing a specialism Change Management and Communications, and am enjoying exploring the opportunities this holds. I have been hosting internal Change Network Events, analysing change survey results and supporting the development of the change management toolkit. I will now be looking to host training and share my experience of Change Management.

 

Highlights of my career so far

Performing a Change Management maturity assessment and developing corresponding recommendations required me to quickly become a subject matter expert. It was definitely challenging to pick up the detail and submerge myself in the Capgemini Change Management toolkit; however honing these skills and working with specialists from Capgemini in a small team was one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences I have had. The client was extremely impressed with our expertise and deliverables, which only added to the sense of achievement! 

 

During some time when I was not assigned to a client project, I got involved with arranging a CCUK @home event. This was a fantastic experience; I supported Capgemini colleagues who I wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to work with and helped shape a highly anticipated event. Not to mention that it was great fun! My role was predominantly to source entertainment and decoration, so I bought a Foosball table (still in our office), a popcorn maker, and a snow cone machine!

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