In this post I’m going to talk about my decision making behind taking the leap of faith and what rewards it reaped, my hope is that in some part it may help anyone considering a similar jump make the right choice.
I think it would be fair to start with how I found Capgemini; I was looking for an entry into my career in IT spending numerous hours scanning the internet and resources I came across the Capgemini Apprenticeships.
After reading up on what was on offer at Capgemini and comparing that to other apprenticeships available it was apparent to me that this was a once in a life time opportunity where my career wouldn’t just get a nice rolling start but a turbo powered jet engine with one initial downside, it was only available in England.
Currently living in Scotland I had a very serious question to ask myself around the worth if uprooting my life for this career.
Lets look at what I had where I lived; I had a job and the pay was reasonable, I had a place of my own and my family lived close by, so all in all I wasn’t doing too badly.
What would moving entail?
If I got the job; I would have to find a new place to live, leave my family and my friends behind and take a risk on moving job, because let’s be honest, it’s always a risk taking on a new job regardless how good it sounds on the cover.
So after a lot of soul searching and weighing up the options I decided it was worth the leap.
I filled in the application form and sent it off to Capgemini for review. In a flash I was on a telephone interview, all went well, within the week I was asked to travel some 300 miles for an assessment centre and interview at the Aston office. The rush of excitement was huge but that small fear of what I would find assuming I was successful was still in the back of my mind.
I left the assessment centre thinking all went terribly but as you must be aware I now working for Capgemini and I’m very glad for it.
It’s time for me to tell you about what I discovered after accepting the position and moving.
My family support me and I get to visit them when I have free time, I find that the visits with them are far more enjoyable and meaningful than seeing them every day, plus we can always talk on the phone or over the internet.
When you move away you discover who your real friends are and personally I would prefer to have two true friends than hundreds of acquaintances, sure I have lost contact with a few people but as with the family when I do get to visit or when they come to visit me it’s far more meaningful and enjoyable.
Now with my new career, new flat and new friends- yes that’s right new friends, while on boot camp I have met some likeminded and amazing people two of these people are now my flat mates and I wouldn’t change the last two months of my life for anything, the experience has been brilliant and I no longer think of Scotland as home, it will always be where I hail from, but we all have to break the shackles of at some point for whatever reason so why not for a career, why wouldn’t you for a career?
It should however be noted that Capgemini are currently offering Higher Apprenticeships in Scotland as well as other Apprenticeship opportunities in collaboration with Baltic Training and I’ve been informed there are a few places left for 2014 for the Higher Apprentice scheme so get your application in fast!
I hope that this has been of some assistance to anyone considering making a move for work be it a career with Capgemini or another job.
I will leave you with a quote from my grandfather which helped me make the final choice.
“If it’s meant for you, it’ll nae pass you bye”