1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Finance apprentice in TPG, daily reporting of sell in, claims and general adhoc work. Daily interaction between my managers, sales teams and the marketing teams. Weekly interaction between myself and customers discussing claims.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Have passed my first CIMA exam (C02) and am currently studying towards my second (C03). Have completed my first business management diploma assignment and currently working on my second. Have completed presentation courses, effective listening courses and mandatory company online development courses such as business continuity, health and safety, compliance, etc. I have learnt so much since starting only 6 months ago and I have received positive feedback on the way I contribute to my team.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy working for Fujitsu. My team are always more than happy to help me when I am stuck with a task and the support provided by them at all times is more than I could've expected. the work I do significantly contributes to the wider Fujitsu which makes me and my work feel valued.
4. How valued do you feel by Fujitsu?
I do feel valued by Fujitsu, my work gets recognition from my managers and I receive this feedback through monthly 1-2-1's with my line manager, this makes me feel valued as she takes the time to sit down and go through any concerns I may have and also to give me feedback on my performance. I maintain good relationships with those I work with which is reflected in the positive comments I receive.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My induction was very well planned, with a month of job shadowing and learning new tasks. the support i get for my studies is rather significant and exceeded my expectations. i have monthly 1-2-1's with my line manager and 6 monthly reviews with the manager who overlooks the apprenticeship scheme. my team hierarchy is made up of my line manager, commercial controller, two graduates and myself as the apprentice.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The support received from my learning provider has mixed of great to not very good. During the CIMA courses the tutors are very knowledgeable and happy to help. With regards to the assignments, their processes to get apprentices registered and onto the courses is poor and I have only ever had a problem with this. However, the support from my personal assessor/skills coach is good and we have monthly chats to catch up and review my progress.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The support I receive from my manager is of a high standard. she is always happy to find time to help me with any questions i may have, big or small.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary is okay for someone of my age, with the prospect to rise. however, my living costs are expensive and so i do not have that much disposable income. the location is good as it takes me 20 minutes to get to work (if there is no traffic!!) but can take up to 40 mins with traffic.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many company events to attend and many team events organised within my small team and also with the other Fujitsu finance teams. So many charity events to get involved with and CSR days to take part in. There is a leisure club available to all employees right next door which is very convenient which runs classes and social events.
9a. Would you recommend Fujitsu to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I think Fujitsu is a great company to work for. It has great Corporate social responsibility and is concerned about the world - i.e. being environmentally friendly. They also care about their employers "investing in people to have a long and prosperous career" is a great selling point. Working for such a global organisation at such a young age is an honour and im lucky to be where i am today.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Fujitsu? *
Understand why you are applying and the reasons behind it. Have knowledge of the company and again why you want to work for this organisation. Have good knowledge about the role you are applying for and make sure your CV is up to date. Be confident - you want to be someone that the interviewers remember for all the right reasons!
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