1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Being on a placement scheme means that daily roles change dramatically between roles. I am currently in a financial reporting and controlling role compiling the Sarbanes Oxley reporting pack on a monthly basis including other ad hoc tasks to assist the Project Controllers.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
The list of skills I have acquired during the time I have spent on the Academy is endless. It includes competencies that can be taken into any business or role such as how to interact with various level of employees, Microsoft Office skills and task prioritization. Furthermore, I have gained knowledge within specific industries which will assist in furthering my career.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Accepting this role within Siemens was the best thing for me and I can say that I have never regretted choosing this option over university. Not only is the experience exactly what can help kick start a successful career but there is also a social aspect which provides connections across the span of the organization.
4. How valued do you feel by Siemens?
I have found that working for Siemens brings many additional benefits that are not known about outside of the business. There are no expectations within the business and so personal choices are supported. Furthermore, there is a lot of investment in employees. Training courses are provided to further skills in multiple disciplines and excellent work does not go unnoticed.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
There are 2 sides to the structure of the programme. The first 12 months are planned out for you depending on your location and then your placements will be decided based on your personal preferences. This allows you to get as much out of the placements as possible.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Siemens are a huge customer for the training provider which means that if any of us require further assistance with studies then it is available for us. There are always contacts that are available for us to talk to including tutors at each training center.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
As Siemens train individuals from an early age they understand that we come into the business without much previous experience. Therefore, not only do our managers provide us with support, employees throughout the business are there to assist us in our development and any issues we may have because the chances are that they started working for Siemens on a similar scheme.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Personally I feel that all of my monthly costs are suitably covered by my salary package and considering I put a significant amount in a savings account each month, I am very happy with my annual salary and the additional perks that come with it.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
As there are multiple schemes within Siemens which are similar to the Finance and Commercial Academy, there are a lot of employees who are of a similar age to myself who also travel to different locations. Therefore, there are frequent social and sporting events which are completely open to anyone who would like to join. I have always found that Siemens employees are perfectly happy to include others in corporate or social events.
9. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend?
Siemens is a global organization with more opportunities than you will ever know. No matter what your career ambition, it is clear that there are people who can help you to achieve it and there are opportunities to do so. Employees are valued and recognized for their hard work and dedication. I am proud to be making a contribution to this business and hope to do so throughout my career.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Siemens?
To anyone applying to Siemens just know that anyone will be happy to take the time to assist in any queries you have regarding your application. A piece of advise, be confident in yourself. If you have confidence then others will be confident in you.
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