Software Test Analyst at Capgemini

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£23,497 annually
Review Date:
June 2016

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


My job title is Test Analyst. My daily tasks include analyzing business requirements and EPIDDs to create test scenarios with the necessary coverage; running test scripts; raising and tracking defects; and capturing test evidence. For these tasks to be completed I'm required to liaise with Test Managers, Developers, and Architects, amongst others.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


Through my apprenticeship I have gained Level 3 ICT qualifications, as well as the industry recognized software testing certificates ISTQB Foundation, and ISTQB Agile Tester. As well as these courses and qualifications, I have picked up many skills on the job that are relevant to my role, such as experience with lots of software and the testing lifecycle. Since starting my apprenticeship, I have improved my confidence and communication skills.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I enjoy the work that I am required to do as I am consistently pushed to new levels and given extra responsibilities, but never thrown into things that are above what I am able to do. I like the opportunities for progression within the job and the trust in me to complete work to a high standard. The training provided to me during the apprenticeship covered lots of areas and gave me a solid base to become a valuable team member. The people I have worked with have all been supportive and friendly.

4. How valued do you feel by Capgemini?


Managers and members of project teams always take the opportunity to commend any good work that has been done. Since joining the company I feel that the effort I have put in has been rewarded by my progression within the business. On a particularly difficult project that ended up successfully, the teams worked was recognized by receiving gift vouchers for high street shops.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


It was obvious to me that the programme was extremely well thought out and had been and organized, and that a lot had been committed to it. The induction was over a full week with a strict schedule to cover all topics, with multiple guest speakers from a wide range of areas. Training was arranged to offer overall introductions into the job and also tailored specifically to our individual roles.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


I always found that support was eventually available when it was needed but it was much more likely to be provided when a concern was shared by several apprentices. I think that having 40-50 people per intake, and inducting several intakes a year is a lot for the team to manage and maybe meant that some of the more minor individual concerns and requests for support were not addressed immediately.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


I have never had cause to deal with the HR Team, but I have always received support whenever I have needed it, with willingness from both my managers and my mentor.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


Due to the location of the office to my home my travel costs are extremely low. My salary is more than adequate for me to meet my needs and have enough disposable income.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


Despite not getting involved in these personally I am aware that Capgemini is very active within the community and there are many opportunities available to get involved in that if they so desire. The Capgemini gym instructor also organizes sports classes at local clubs for employees to get involved with.

9a. Would you recommend Capgemini to a friend? *


9b. Why? *

Capgemini provides its employees with great opportunities for progression, the ability to transfer to offices around the country and the world, and training to set you up to be extremely well trained in IT. The company values and rewards its employees well.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Capgemini? *

The application process is quite difficult with many different stages as I believe there is so many people applying to it. For the first telephone interview I would advise people to research the company and basic IT knowledge. On the assessment day, potential applicants should be confident and demonstrate their ability to work as part of a team, without taking over. The most important thing is to be friendly and personable.

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