1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My current role is a test analyst this involves testing mobile applications for each new release of the mobile app that i'm working on it, things tested are new features or old features to make sure they still work.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I've learnt several new skills while working in my role, certain programs such as AlM and SQL are needed to complete testing, these skills are ones that are transferable to other roles..
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my program a lot due to the large apprentice and grad community that is based at the location that I work in, this means theres always something going on and people to talk to
4. How valued do you feel by IBM?
Somewhat, While some of my contributions have been valued by my manager others have not, although this may be partially due to my manager working in a location very far from my own.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
the program is very well organised, Induction is a 2 weeks training period in which your given some basic knowledge and told about what life is like in IBM.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
training is fairly easy to get and access, all the the tutors for the trainings that I've met have been friendly and willing to help if you have any problems
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Support can be patchy at times and guidance can be limited, sometimes it can be a bit of a struggle to get in contact with the correct people, however with enough patience it can be achieved
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Salary can be very hit on miss depending on your working location, luckily im based far enough from my base location that IBM pays for my travel and stay during the week however if I worked at my base location i'd lose a quater of my wage just from travel
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
depending on your working location there can be a large number of oppertunities, I spend most of my time when not working in the local gym or out with other apprentices.
9a. Would you recommend IBM to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
IBM is a good way to get into the industry, and the pay can be quite good, there are many oppertunities to try various roles in the apprenticeship especially if your bussiness orientated
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to IBM? *
My advice would probably just be yourself and don't worry too much about your level of knowledge, the scheme is there to help you learn so you aren't expected to know everything right away.
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