1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am currently a software engineer for the Welsh Government, my role covers a vast range of technologies, including writing Java for screens, rules and letters. I manage all my own tasks using Jira and will take it upon myself to work through all the tasks I have set in the priority I deem appropriate. There are daily meetings to update your team on the progress and discuss any problems you've encountered.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
As stated above, there is a vast range of work to do; I've developed my knowledge in Java significantly since joining the project, these skills will be essential throughout my career and I wouldn't have been able to learn this anywhere near as quickly and efficiently. Each day is faced with new challenges to learn from and add to your skill set.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I look forward to going to work every day, the team is always welcoming and friendly. Each day there will be new work to complete and the satisfaction from achieving your set goals is very rewarding. I thoroughly enjoy working here.
4. How valued do you feel by Capgemini?
My project manager is very appreciative, noticing the work I do and the extend I go to achieve the best results. I have a very good involvement in each piece of work, sometimes having sole responsibility for a entire range of work, which is incredibly satisfying. However my manager does not seem to have this effectively communicated to him, when compared to colleagues in a similar situation to myself.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The structure of the programme has been very good, the training and support provided has been very good. The study time allowance was very helpful when learning new skills. The meetings arranged were professional and structured well.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Support from the provider was supplied if and when needed, for clarification or assistance. My tutor was happy to help with any problems that were to arise and made sure it was resolved.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I have not had very many problems throughout my time so far, but everyone is incredibly helpful whenever a serious problem would present itself. My manager and the HR Team will handle my support requests professionally and friendly.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I have no complaints about my salary to outgoing cost ratio, I am able to live comfortably.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I regularly recieve Emails promoting all the events outside of work, however none of them apply to me due to my location. They all seem to be London / England based which is completely out of the question for my current position. If there were to be opportunities more local to me, I would be happy to attend.
9. Would you recommend Capgemini to a friend?
I have learnt very many technical skills since starting the apprenticeship, all of which I can apply to my career. I enjoy every day of work and would recommend to anybody that has an interest in technology and the processes involved.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Capgemini?
There is a lot of teamwork involved when working on a project, you must be able to work efficiently and effectively in a team and have good communication skills; wanting to work alone would be a big negative. You must be honest at all times to ensure everyone is understanding of each situation. The experiences I have had from the moment I have started will never be forgotten as they were very enjoyable.
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