“It’s about looking at what makes you unique and bringing that to the table.”

Joined Capco:   2021
Role:                    Associate Consultant
Primary skills:    Project Management, Digital Marketing, PMO Processes & Methodologies, Stakeholder Management, Operational Improvement     
Interests:            Health & wellbeing, travel, community & social engagement, art, entrepreneurship, digital innovation

I have not been working in financial services for a long time, but that’s the beauty of Capco. It’s about looking at what makes you unique and bringing that to the table. 

I joined Capco through the Associate Talent Programme (ATP) after working 10 years in the hospitality and tourism industry, managing a small family restaurant in Glasgow. During that time, I completed a degree in Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde University that was focused on creating solutions and innovation. 

It was during those years of studying that I first experienced what consulting was, through helping different businesses as part of my course work. Consulting is exciting. To challenge and bring out the best version of yourself so you can help others is incredibly fulfilling. As I grew, so did the business I was managing, where I put theory into action. Multiple hats are worn especially in smaller businesses; that’s how I built my skills in areas like strategy & operations, digital marketing and supply chain management. 

To see the thing that you invest time and energy into growing is very rewarding but as with anything, eventually, something peaks and has to transform. I believe that when you get comfortable with something, it’s a good time to shake things up. It was time for a career change. I decided to get certified in PRINCE2 & Agile project management courses to make myself more useful when transitioning jobs. Shortly after this, I came across the ATP by Capco. 

The very nature of consulting revolves a lot around change. The more comfortable you are with it, the easier it is to figure out what to do next. Which is ironic because I was not comfortable, not at first. This was a new industry that was unknown to me, and that was scary. 

Fortunately, these worries were quickly extinguished when I completed the ATP: a two-week intensive training programme designed to get us started. People from an incredible range of backgrounds and experiences were on the same journey I was taking. It was inspiring to meet these people but also a reminder to be yourself, something heavily encouraged in the Capco culture. 

Since then, I have met people from new starters to business leaders who have all been incredibly generous with either their time or their knowledge. Now, I’m starting my first project based on my own background and experiences to bring as much value as I can to our clients. Capco is investing a lot into the digital and technology space, which is where I plan on exploring next during my journey here.