1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Lots of learning in the beginning, you learn to become independent quickly, as it involves a lot of problem solving. You will be either working on a project, doing QA assessments to gain your qualifications, or you will be training to aid your learning.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, before I started I already had experience in Visual Basic from doing computing from year 9 till year 13. When I started work at Atos, the first things we learned was the Java language, which wasn't too bad as it was similar to VB. I have also learned about TDD and UML and design.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
At times it can be frustrating if you are stuck, but when things go your way and if you love problem solving, it is very enjoyable. I enjoy my job because I know the training that I have done will boost my employ-ability in the future.
4. How valued do you feel by Atos?
I feel that I am being trained up to be whoever I want to be in the company, lots of time and money has been invested in me and I want to prove I am worth it.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
There has been a few times where I have been waiting a long time to get the task for the day etc, but all the learning and tasks are planned out for the next 18 months/2 years
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
QA are normally very helpful and hire professional and qualified tutors, I am happy with mine. We get visited once every 6 weeks by them to see how we are going on and to go over any assignments or problems at work. They also review what we have been doing since the last visit to see that we are on track and not struggling.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Lots, I feel like I can talk to my manager about most things and I do not feel that he is my boss, just another worker. Also, we have past apprentices here who are always good to talk to as they have gone through this before, I have become good friends with them and they are always there if I need them.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Very well indeed. Good initiative to do well throughout your career, if you ever have to go on training far away, they will cover all expenses and will look after you.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
yes, there is a football event every week, apart from that there isn't much else I am aware of, there could be more. However, there is the usual Christmas parties and the occasional cake sale.
9a. Would you recommend Atos to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Its a big footstep into a huge company with lots of potential, I feel privileged to be picked onto this program as the company is well regarded and very successful. If you have the drive you can go far in this company and entering it at the age of 18 has given me a massive opportunity to do so.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Atos? *
Be open minded, think of the bigger picture. Be confident. The assessment centre which I went to wasn't too bad, you just need to ensure you show your team leading, problem solving and analytical skills, and to be able to communicate efficiently with others. Make sure you practice interview questions and have good examples.
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