1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I have worked in many different roles within my 2 years I have been in CGI. This has allowed me to work on technical work looking at networks and servers but then also working with resourcing and finance within a management role.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have been on a few training courses, mainly about how to present yourself in the working environment, how to have more confidence in presentations and how to plan the future. My role also has grown my knowledge in becoming a technical architect.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The sponsored degree program is layed out well however it all depends on your day to day role. Sometimes it can be a lot of work and stress in one go which may affect your progress in university and this is a major problem
4. How valued do you feel by CGI?
Enthusiasm to learning new skills and getting involved in a lot of things is needed whilst in CGI. By doing this CGI then gives you more responsibility in your role and therefore makes you feel more valued. The more important work I do I feel more valued to the overall impact of the project
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The organisation of the program differs, it can sometimes be very planned however it cant fit everyones needs as there are around 20 people in each year.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
This is all up to the communication the student has with their mentor. The mentor will try and help you as much as they can however if your not willing to spend some time with them going through things then you wont get any help.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The HR team tries hard to keep us involved however it is very stressful to be able to keep up with the standards that they require at university.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
As a student I feel lucky to be paid and not have to pay for the sponsored degree, when you leave the degree the salary isn't great however throughout the scheme it is a decent amount of money at the time. HR are always working on trying to increase it as well
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There is an annual tour and there are Christmas events run by your project. There is the sports and social club which host many events which is popular to many students. Many events come from your project and when they arrange them. they are a good idea to go to as getting to know the people on your team outside of work creates an easier connection to them when working with them
9a. Would you recommend CGI to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
They are a good company to come to after college if you want to be in the business environment. The range of roles may not be huge when you start but networking and learning different skills allow the pool of roles to become available to you.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to CGI? *
If you want to relax like you would do at a normal university then I would not choose this course. It is challenging working and completing university however it is a great start for your future and the amount of social events and friends that you make is amazing. having 20ish people in each year allows a huge amount of people with similar interests to you to mix and go out.
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