1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role job title is "Analyst Programmer" which is generally what the tech stream will be give, it doesn't mean you will perform that role straight away. I work in the public sector in the PMO, managing admin for the project and helping out with financial and contract changes when needed.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt the most from working within the business environment, learning new processes every week which can assist my overall development. I have gained a lot of confidence in speaking to people, especially clients.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I very much enjoy the programme, in terms of the work and the university side every Monday. I did not know what to expect before i joined, but it has been a positive experience so far and it is what you make of it.
4. How valued do you feel by CGI?
I feel i get recognition on my performance generally, which motivates me even more, especially when taking on additional tasks for other members of the team.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I feel the organisation is very efficient on the sponsored degree programme. There is an induction week at head office when you join, which takes you through everything you need to know in order to complete project work the following week.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We have a dedicated staff member at University of Winchester where we can raise any issues if needed. They will offer support if you ask for it. Accessible whenever you need it.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I have weekly meetings with my mentor where he can assist with my university module and also speak about how work is going. I also work with members of the sponsored degree programme, so they understand the balancing workloads.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
It may be a struggle in the first year if you need to relocate, although CGI provide up to £1,000 in costs. If you live at home, you should be comfortable.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are various activities such as football tournaments which go abroad which you can get involved with, as well as socialising with the team in company events such as the annual tour.
9a. Would you recommend CGI to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
As I feel it is a unique opportunity which isn't offered by any other company in the same form. This gives you a massive advantage if you put 100% into it - with a job at the end as you are already a permanent employee.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to CGI? *
The assessment centre is all about making you feel relaxed. Ask lots of questions, especially in the interview. Be ready to give examples of times you have done x & y. Make these unique and show enthusiasm. Make sure this is for you as well as the other way around.
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