1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Recently, I have been assigned to two client billable projects - both working with the government. I have been heavily involved with communication and resourcing which is a huge part of my apprenticeship in project management. I work in a very friendly office and I work for a company that make you feel less like an MA and encourages empowerment and using your own initiative and trusts you. We recently moved office and I have had the opportunity to increase my network among wider CGI as I have been able to take on office manager roles. As part of this role I was able to meet our CEO. I am also community ambassador for Glasgow and last year I ran fundraising events raising over £1,000 for charity. Last month I was elected to represent Scotland and Northern Ireland. I now look forward to again expanding my network and attending meetings with the head of the UK in London and raising concerns with my team and help improve CGI for the benefit of its members. I do a similar role in Glasgow as MA rep and look to see this role becoming more prominent throughout CGI offices.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I am also heavily involved with inductions of new starts (both project and non -project based) and I look to make their experience in CGI a great one. I've been able to develop my mentoring capability through this by buddying new starts and helping them settle in.
CGI are very supportive in helping you achieve your goals. You are assigned a career mentor to help create a development plan to reach the career you want to be in by helping you understand all the options available to you.
I've been able to implement PM skills I've gained at training by running my own mini projects through charity work and I now look to take on a mini project within one of the projects I'm assigned to.
There is a vast amount of training available on CGImylearning and I am currently learning about PM methods by doing an online course on Agile.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
This programme is great as it allows me to work and learn and apply my learning in the workplace. You get the best of both worlds. I'd highly recommend it to anyone else.
4. How valued do you feel by CGI?
As I work in not only a friendly office but a very friendly company I don't feel worried about asking for help but at the same time I also have opportunities to show how I've progressed and be confident they will support me.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is great. CGI supports my learning by letting me implement the skills I learn at training in the workplace.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I am able to ask through email or call for help I need with regards to my training. As well as that whilst at training sessions my QA assessor will take time out his lunch for extra support.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
CGI has allowed me as MA rep to campaign and get time out of the working day (once a week) for Glasgow MA's to work on QA training - provided there are no urgent demands. Either coursework, exam prep, or applying their learning to their work environment.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
At this age I'm looking to buy a flat and currently able to save towards one as well as attend lots of social events. I don't feel as though I'm limited with attending these events. I just need to decide between renting a flat now or buying one in a few years.
CGI also covers expenses so I am able to travel to other offices without worrying about the extra costs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
We are able to join the Sports and social club and I am in the process of setting that up for the Glasgow office. We can attend lots of events through this with members from all of the UK.
I personally have been able to attend careers events to encourage grads to join CGI and school leavers to take an apprenticeship or SPD.
I've been community ambassador, MA rep and Member rep for Scotland and Northern Ireland (as explained above).
We also have lunchtime knowhow sessions to hear news and learn from other business units.
We have a Club in the Glasgow office and often have social events such as board games night (weekly), bowling, outdoor laser tag, go karting, and stand up comedy nights.
9a. Would you recommend CGI to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Great company to work for as explained above.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to CGI? *
The assessment days aren't scary and include fun group activities to break the ice. Always go for everything and don't be scared!
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