1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a risk coordinator. This involves conducting meeting preparation, taking minutes in the meetings and writing them up formally. On a daily basis I talk to members of my team to gather updates from them.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt a lot about risk management. In addition to this, I am going to sit the MoR Risk Management exam. This exam will provide me with a professional qualification in risk management. I have also learnt about how to conduct meetings.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy my programme. The people around me in the office are friendly and hard working which really keeps me focused. Everyone in the company is interested to learn more about the sponsored degree programme and this makes it easier to talk to people.
4. How valued do you feel by CGI?
My manager gives me quite a bit of responsibility which I enjoy. I am starting to feel more comfortable in meetings as people are recognising who I am and what my role is. My manager and career manager are very supportive of my university and apprenticeship work as well and are happy when I perform well in that, as well as my job. I do feel valued by CGI.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The sponsored degree programme is well organised and structured. The induction week which we had provided us with plenty of information about the company and what we will be doing. Plenty of older sponsored degree students came to talk to us. This was a good experience as we could get advice from them about university, work and the apprenticeship. I receive plenty of support from the university and we can easily get in contact with the people who run the sponsored degree programme if we need to.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
It is very easy to access support if I need it. They are very happy to answer any questions which I have or to provide any clarification if I need it. In addition to this, any problems which I have are addressed and the best solution is provided/ advice is given.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive plenty of support from my manager. They are willing to help me with any problems I have whether if it is to do with work, university or my apprenticeship. My career manager is fully involved with helping me to further my career.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The location where I live is expensive - especially rent. It is difficult to find an affordable place to live which is good quality and close to work. The salary goes up in second year and I believe it will be better suit to my costs then.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There is a group at work which is runs social activities for people who join. There are also opportunities to volunteer. The office is has a gym very close by so people can go to that.
9a. Would you recommend CGI to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I would recommend it to a friend because there are so many opportunities to develop within the company. In addition to this, there is a friendly atmosphere and people are easy to talk to. Furthermore, there is plenty of support provided.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to CGI? *
One piece of advice would be to research into all aspects of the course and the company. This is so that they will be more prepared for their interview. I would also prepare a list of questions to ask the interviewer. This is so that you do not have to think of any on the spot during the interview and this will take the pressure off slightly.
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