Renam Kahlon shares her career journey, from studying Software Engineering at university through to joining Capgemini UK


Capgeminis Renam Kahlon is a Snr Service Integration Consultant

Capgemini's Renam Kahlon is a Snr Service Integration Consultant

Renam Kahlon studied Software Engineering at the UK's University of Sheffield was lucky enough to find her first job back in her home area of Coventry as a project coordinator. She worked her way up to become a project manager before deciding to explore a new career venture. Now with Capgemini, she shares her career story.

A solid background in Software Engineering

"I worked in the contracting market for a few years before joining Capgemini, initially as a contractor. I quickly learned about the benefits Capgemini offer their employees, and engaged with their values. When a permanent opportunity appeared I grabbed it with both hands," says Renam.

A typical working day for Renam includes starting by checking emails and travelling to the client site, where she attends meetings with client staff, Capgemini colleagues and partners to manage various processes. "It’s a fast-paced environment where I really thrive: no two days are the same and there is always a variety of new challenges and opportunities," she adds.

Planning her career path and development

Renam says as a contractor she never took the time to plan and grow her career. Capgemini, however, provides valuable support, tools and time to enable Renam to plan and develop her career.

"I now take the opportunity to step back from my work day to spend time planning my career goals – this is important in order to develop long-term satisfaction. I also use Capgemini’s MyLearning portal to register for training courses – a wide range are available," says Renam.

"At Capgemini there’s so much support, including a vast range of people, training opportunities and career managers. It’s quite surprising to find all the different people who can offer new opportunities, or tell you about them. I always try to have open conversations about career plans with career managers and mentors, because this helps them provide the right guidance and help."

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Highlights so far at Capgemini

A highlight for Renam has been applying for and joining the Capgemini Service Integration (SI) Academy. This was a new opportunity to build her skills and take on a new role away from home. "I have gained an all-round knowledge of the SI practice, plus the skills to succeed there and a network of resources to engage with," she says.

Renam says the best thing with Capgemini is the people. "They make life enjoyable, because you feel that your work is valued and that you are really part of Capgemini," she says.

"The mentoring and support at Capgemini is of great value in building your career," she adds. "It’s well worth taking the time for career and mentor meetings – these are a great opportunity to step outside your day-to-day role and think about how you are performing against your career progression plans, and request support if required."

Life outside work for Renam

When she isn't working, Renam enjoys spending time with her family, good food and exploring new countries. She is also renovating her home, which she stripped out with her husband so they could start from scratch. "I can honestly say this has been my hardest challenge so far," Renam comments.

"I have become a cricket fan, especially enjoying the fast-paced T20 and one-day games (not real cricket according to some). I try to go to the gym but hardly ever succeed – I prefer a class or a game of badminton to keep me in shape," she adds.

Renam Capgemini software engineer

Advice for further women and what’s next for Renam?

Moving into the SI practice has opened the door to new roles for Renam and enabled her to continue building her skill set. She is keen to try new challenges, in particular within transition and bid work.

"Working in this sector, you’re continuously learning about a vast range of innovations and new solutions, and sharing your knowledge. There’s a huge variety of roles to work in. Each new assignment, account and technology solution is different, so you’re constantly learning and developing," she comments. 

"Working at Capgemini is a great opportunity to excel, grow and develop. There’s a wide range of experts to learn from and network with, plus all the tools, mentoring and training you’ll need. The company also supports you in finding the right work-life balance. Do join if you get the opportunity, and make the most of all these benefits."

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