1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Working in the finance department, I am working with a helpdesk team who ensure that all of the internal and external stakeholders find it easy and are comfortable with using our Expenses system. I am responsible for multiple projects, and am faced with lots of day to day tasks involving standing infront of a group of people and presenting my ideas on how something can be improved.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, my confidence has increased and my communication skills have developed to a level of understanding of how to communicate with different groups of people (eg. Directors or colleagues). My analytical and problem solving skills have also improved vastly.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Extremely, the work I am given to do is exactly what I applied for, and with there being so much to learn I am so happy to have my team guiding me through everything. The company is so friendly so even at times when I'm meeting or talking with strangers, there is no shyness or awkwardness so I am always within my comfort zone.
4. How valued do you feel by Sky?
Extremely. They make us apprentices feel so accepted and welcomed here, and all of the events we get invited to just make us fully involved within our departments. Our managers have 1-2-1's with us often to check how we're doing and congratulate us on the work we do well.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very well organised/structured. Our induction was the perfect ice-breaker used to meet all of the fellow apprentices, which have become great lunch-buddies and networking links. We were given a list of calendar dates for our training days, and the contact details for all of the necessary people if we ever needed support. Study time is given fairly, so that you don't fall back in either parts of the apprenticeship - the work or the studies. Our team all work as a team, helping eachother out when necessary and are friendly to any suggestions.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Amazing support. I have three contacts which I do not feel shy to contact ever because of how friedlly they have all been on our meeting days. One quick email to them will trigger an instant phonecall with all of the relevant information that I have requested.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer gives me amazing support, helping me with any tasks I struggle with. The HR team have helped me organise all of my details and guided me on any work related tasks I needed help with. My mentor is great because he has a great experience with the job we are doing in our team, and is also in a quite close age group to me so he sees lots of situations from my perspective. Any problems I have everyone is always happy to reassure and help me with.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Definitely....of course, we will always want more money no matter how many 000's we get at the end of our pay cheques, however the pay is still a nice sight on pay day and definitely gives you enough to get through the month with some savings made ontop.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are lots of company events which Sky recommends me to do, such as volunteer days and cycling schemes. The way these are put across to me by my colleagues is great because they are always influencing me to try out new things - like the classes in the company gym. I went to a 'body-like-beyonce' class with a fellow apprentice which was amazing fun.
9. Would you recommend Sky to a friend?
It is such an amazing place to work, there are so many incredible opportunities and it's actually a company that you can aspire to grow in from a young age (hence why I joined as an apprentice)
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Sky?
Be yourself, and do not be afraid to show of your unique characteristics. Interviews and applications might be scary to do, but I can tell that what the employers here are actually looking for are people who have the talents and skills but actually can stand out from the crowd with something unique about themselves.. I remember on my interview day, I was absolutely terrified! But from reading my CV and noticing that I paid a lot of attention to and had an interest in fashion, my interviewer ended up complimenting my handbag and making a friendly conversation about it - which dissolved my fear right away.
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