1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am currently within the Market Data Team, and working on the administration side. This entails of processing invoices, creating monthly reports for our vendor's/company's spend and supporting colleagues on this, processing new starters and providing them with the services they need, updating any service prices that we receive from the vendors, and being their first line of contact in regards to service payments, also providing support for other FIL colleagues for any Market Data Services admin support.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt so many new skills since being here at Fidelity, and I have been able to attend many training courses to enable myself to be as knowledgeable as possible in my team, and learn as much as possible. I have been on training courses for: Thomson Reuters DACS 6.6 Excel VBA Excel Pivot Tables Microsoft Access Excel /Outlook ITIL Service Now RPM testing training
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy the programme that I am a part of. I am able to have a say in what I would like to take part in, and who I would like,to gain more knowledge from; which I think is a fantastic way to be able to learn new skills. I have learnt so much since being here as an apprentice, not only seeing the friendly culture that Fidelity has, but also the teamwork in all teams and the positive vibes that everyone gives each other which is full of support. This is a lovely environment to work in for a first job/school-leaver.
4. How valued do you feel by Fidelity International?
At Fidelity I feel very valued. They do not look at you as an apprentice, but as a member of staff, and you are treated fairly and equally amongst everyone else. I also feel incredibly valued by other colleagues in the Market Data team, as I help to support them with any problems that I can help with, and they show genuine appreciation towards me for work that I do.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I feel that the programme is very well structured, and with having designated people in the company that apprentices can turn to for any problems is reassuring and it is so nice to have someone to turn to if you have any questions for someone outside of the team you work in. Not only that, you then have the other apprentices here in the workplace who you can turn to for advice on their own experiences, as this is what I had done when I first started, and it creates a great bond between all of us apprentices at Fidelity.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive so much support from my training provider. When I see my assessor who visits me every 6 weeks she looks at the progress I am making in the team I am in, and updates me on where I could possibly improve in any areas. Also, when going to college to take my exams, the tutors do not put you under any pressure which is very reassuring, and is much more of a relaxing approach to taking exams.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Not only do I receive great support from my manager, it is all the other teams that I liaise with on a day-to-day basis. There is endless training opportunities here at Fidelity, which is fantastic as I am always able to keep on learning more, from not only others' experiences, but from professional training as well.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary that I receive from my employer is great, and meets all my monthly costs that I have. It easily covers my rent cost, fuel, any lunches, and other miscellaneous expenditures, with also plenty left over for me to be able to save up and contribute to reaching my goal of renting my own apartment in the coming future.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many events that Fidelity hold inside and outside of work. For example, I have just taken part in the Fidelity Crisis Square Mile Run on the 11th July, which was a fantastic event with Fidelity supplying a private event for all employees taking part in the Crisis Run. I found this was a fantastic event to be a part of and a great way to meet other colleagues who work at Fidelity, in which I have not met yet whilst being at work.
9a. Would you recommend Fidelity International to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Fidelity is an extremely welcoming company which is full of members of staff who enjoy to take time on helping you learn as much as possible from them. There are also endless opportunities within Fidelity, and therefore, from starting the Apprenticeship I have started my career and am able to shape this in the duration of my time here.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Fidelity International? *
I would advice potential applicants for the apprenticeship at Fidelity Worldwide Investment that you be confident in yourself during the interview process, remember that team-work is key in this type of organisation, and ensure that you are the person who is able to step-back, think about a problem and come up with a solution.
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