1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Software engineer, testing, developing and delivering software to the customers. This role also involves delivering software to clients across Europe.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, I have been certified and have gained vast experiences in PLSQL, JAVA and UNIX. I have been on a few courses outside my work and university which supports learning and development
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy it greatly, the role is interesting in an emerging market. allowing me to obtain industry experience whilst also completing my degree to support what I am doing In the workplace
4. How valued do you feel by CGI?
Fairly valued, recently there was a wage increase across the sponsored degree programme. This helped to match marketing figures, however there is still a little more they could do.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
somewhat organised, there are sometimes some communication issues and issues with delivery of books and such, which potentially slow down the learning at university
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive a huge amount of support from the University of Winchester, they have allowed me to come in 1 day a week to support learning. They also give extra support should you ask for it
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I received a huge amount of support from those who have already been through the programme. This is generally a member lead procedure which helps support my learning needs
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
At first it is somewhat difficult to cover all costs with the wage. however, the salary will increase yearly which provides a significant boost to living standards.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes there is a social club which any member can join which does activities like events and away days at cut costs. Futhermore there are lunchtime clubs which do fitness
9a. Would you recommend CGI to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Paid degree, outstanding learning opportunities. CGI also provide support if it needs members to transfer or relocate. Furthermore, CGI gives members the opportunity to travel Europe for work.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to CGI? *
Apply early and ensure you have a good aptitude towards technology, be prepared to put in the effort to do a degree and work at the same time
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