1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am lucky in that I have a very varied role. As part of a Shared Service, I work on a request basis. The first few months of the course have been largely development based, introducing new topics and so on, in order to be able to undertake tasks with ease and less and less guidance.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
My personal and professional skillset has grown dramatically during my time at Fujitsu, and that can only be down to the dedication and experience of the people that surround me. Although the team is fairly junior, those few senior faces are a welcome wealth of knowledge.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
It's hard work. There's no doubt about it, but if you like being under a bit of pressure all the time, then this role is most definitely suited to you. Nonetheless, I enjoy what I do, and am grateful to have acquired such a position.
4. How valued do you feel by Fujitsu?
Valued by Fujitsu is a bit strong, as the company is so large, there are very few instances where you feel valued as an employee overall. However, within the team, the value is faultless, as a tight knit team, we are always offering each other feedback and support.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Despite getting off to a shaky start, the programme has developed well, the workload is manageable, our objectives are clear, however, be aware, that should have already done A-Levels, it may be worth considering a Higher Apprenticeship with Fujitsu. Talking from personal experience.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Despite only seeing the training provider once a month, you can be sure that a quick email will get a prompt response. And as we come up to the testing season, it is becoming more and more clear that the Training Provider is looking to ensure that the course is passed with flying colours, providing support materials and other useful documentation.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
With regard to training, you can't fault Fujitsu, with a wide range of courses to choose from, both online and physical. These courses are fully facilitated by Fujitsu, and should and are made use of.
In-work support is different, but still very impressive. The team of people around are fully supporting and eager for you to succeed.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary doesn't meet my personal needs, as, as soon as I receive it, the majority goes straight out on rent. However, you have to consider that they are paying for a substantial amount of training. Still I struggle.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
As the first Commercial Apprentices, it can be said that we have been left out of the apprentice gatherings. However, we were very much taken on by the Graduate and IP population, who welcomed us into their group. There are lots of fund-raising and charity events held throughout the year, and all of which are listed for all to join in on.
9a. Would you recommend Fujitsu to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Fujitsu has become a very enjoyable experience. At first I didn't like the way in which we were treated as 'juniors', but overtime, the company and people in it, have warmed to us and I feel like it provides a bright future ahead.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Fujitsu? *
Always go above and beyond the call of duty. Dress smart, be prepared, do you research and most of all, be yourself, don't go into interview mode, as openness and a genuine personality will ultimately put you in with a shot.
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