1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My job title is Information Risk and Security Analyst, my day to day activities involve me working with Data Subject Access Requests, dealing with any request that come into the team mailbox for example any file downloads or website access requests.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have become more confident in speaking with others and can interact with new people with relative ease, I have learned how to act in a business environment and what it is like to work in a business environment. I have learned how to perform the various activities that my role requires of me.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Currently I am enjoying the programme to a great degree, I find that I get along well with the team I am in, I enjoy and find the work that I do to be interesting to me, I find the culture and the company to be positive as the diverse culture allows for many different ideas and ways of dealing with certain situations to be available to the business. Before starting I didn't really know what to expect but can safely say that the programme is exceeding what I did expect.
4. How valued do you feel by Prudential UK?
I feel that overtime I am becoming more valued by the business as I am being given more work overtime and am being trusted to complete a good amount of it on my own without needing to be constantly walked through the correct steps. I receive regular feedback from my manager each week about my current progress and am given feedback on the work that I complete.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The organisation of the programme is pretty good, the induction occurred for the first week of the programme and served as a good starting point to get us prepared for the rest of the programme, the training that I receive for my role is pretty good as well as rather than teach me how to perform all of my duties at the start I am being trained in how to perform them over time, I am provided a good amount of time to study for my qualification each week and have access to proficient resources.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive a proficient amount of support from the training provider, if I struggle with a question or have a query about any part of my qualification I can send an email to my assessor and normally receive a reply within a day or two of sending it.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a great amount of support from the employer, if I need any help or have a question about anything I can ask anyone in my team and they are happy to provide me with assistance in the matter, my manager is also happy to assist whenever I need any from them. If I have any queries about the actual programme itself I can get in touch with the person running the course who is happy to help and gets back pretty quickly.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The programme meets the above costs very well, I currently live with one of my parents so my living costs aren't high at all, the travel costs do not concern me as there is free coach hired by Prudential that goes through my area and allows me to get to work and back for free. The location of the office is not very far from where I live so commuting takes around a half hour, my daily and social costs are met very well as the salary provided is very generous.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are a good amount of opportunities such as voluntary or social events within and outside of the teams.
9a. Would you recommend Prudential UK to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I believe that this apprenticeship programme is a great opportunity as it allows the person applying to get the chance to get real work experience whilst also working towards a good qualification, it's also a really great way to start working as the people and opportunities inside of the business are all great. The programme also offers a very good amount of variety in the roles available so that there is something for pretty much anyone to take interest in and the ability to change areas is really interesting.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Prudential UK? *
Don't worry to much about the assessment day or the interview as they are not as strict as you would imagine and the people involved in both are very helpful and nice. When it comes to your role or the apprenticeship take any experience or opportunity that is made available to you and do your best to make use of them to develop yourself as both a person and a worker.
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