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13 Feb 2020

Capgemini UK Chairman shares career journey in latest Personal Best talk

Alumna Christine Hodgson CBE visited campus on Wednesday 12 February to share her story with staff and students at the University.

Christine, who graduated in 1987 with a degree in Accounting and Financial Management, returned to Loughborough to share a series of top tips, relevant to a range of industries.

The alumna, who was awarded an honorary degree by the University in 2019, talked about beginning her career in auditing, before moving into corporate finance.

Christine has spent much of her career with Capgemini, where she currently holds the role of UK Chairman. Other responsibilities have included being a member of the Capgemini Group Management Committee and the Chair of the Capgemini UK Sustainability Board as well as roles in finance. More recently Christine has also overseen the corporate social responsibility for the organisation.

Alongside her journey with Capgemini, Christine talked about setting up and chairing the Careers and Enterprise Company, something she was asked to do by former Loughborough MP, Nicky Morgan, with the aim of inspiring and preparing young people for work.

Recently, Christine has been appointed to a series of non-executive roles and runs the Inclusive Network.

Some of Christine’s top tips included “grasp every opportunity and take risks” and “always work on your communication skills”. She also encouraged attendees to avoid generalisations and to always treat time as a commodity.

The talk was delivered as part of the Careers Network “Personal Best: My Story” series, where alumni share their career journeys and top tips with students.

Thank you to Christine for volunteering her time.

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