Laura de Oliveira worked on a consulting case study with Capgemini Invent for a whole semester. This opportunity has been transformative for her. She tells us why.
I went to a post-secondary prep school and passed the competitive exams needed to attend the French Grandes Écoles. I chose EDHEC Business School for its impressive alumni network and its numerous student societies, among other things. I’ve gotten involved in two societies to date, as volunteer for Le Père Noël est-il un rocker?, a music festival that collects Christmas gifts for children in need, and treasurer for Vive les vacances, which provides tutoring and takes children on vacation.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORK WITH CAPGEMINI INVENT CONSULTANTS?
I have been assigned a case study on a former client of Capgemini Invent. Every month, my team and I (there are five of us) present our input to a jury of consultants. We work closely with two other consultants who give us feedback on our work and advice on the form and content of our presentations. Content is vital, but a slide must also look great to win an audience’s attention. We also have talks from high-level consultants who share their methods with us. It’s a great opportunity to gain first-hand insights into consulting. What’s more, it has given me the opportunity to work with students from different nationalities and backgrounds, students that I did not know beforehand. This consulting work is also a personal adventure – a great one!
HAS THIS OPPORTUNITY CHANGED YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON CONSULTING?
I knew that consulting tended to involve business trips and long hours, but I did not know what a consultant’s day was really like. Thanks to this opportunity with Capgemini Invent, I now know I have also met with alumni who work for Capgemini Invent at EDHEC career events, who have kindly shared their work experience with me.
WHAT HAS YOUR WORK WITH CAPGEMINI INVENT MEANT FOR YOUR CAREER PATH?
I already had work experience in supply chain and loved it, so I was keen to work in that field. Capgemini Invent has a team dedicated to it and, luckily, I will join them in May on an open-ended contract.