1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Currently, I am a reporting analyst for my project. My day-to-day tasks consist of producing reports from the information provided to get an accurate view on the progression of the participants and seeing if there are any issues with the data. As well as sending out the reports to the Project managers of the project and the clients.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have enhanced my skills in using Microsoft excel, and learning how to change formulas in order to produce reports efficiently. I have also developed my skills in identifying a problem, and contacting the right people in order to resolve the issue. I have also learned how to work under pressure and deal with unexpected events occurring.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The program is a good opportunity as you are getting a degree and having industry experience with having a job for another 3 years after. The team you work with are good as well. But as it is project based and CGI is more consultancy than IT based, which is not what I expected. It is often working with other companies achieve their goals.
4. How valued do you feel by CGI?
The company does have a lot of contractors which I feel effects on the value of a person within CGI. I feel that you would be valued on the project you are on but within the company you may not as if you move project people may not know you unless you are working with people that were with you on your old project.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The program can improve its structure. The support is good; however, you are expected to do University work outside of working hour. In terms of moving roles there is no rotation set, and you have to do everything yourself which I feel can be improve as a young person coming into a big company may not know what they want to do.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
There is training available. If you wanted to go onto a training course the company have various available and will pay for you to go onto one. The people manager is able to help you with this. If you need to learn something with would help you progress in your role you can do that as well, or even if it help with you developing you skills i.e. programming.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The employer has many people within the company to help with my development and support. There are people manager and a career manager who will support you both in the university and work side. There are also buddies who are from the years above that are on the same scheme. As well as having a mentor who can help you with university and how to handle both work load.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary can be improved, as I live at home so for me it’s good. But for anyone relocating it can be challenging at times. You do sometimes do a role same as someone who has been in the company longer than you and may be earning a lot more.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
CGI have various social clubs which you can join. For example there is weekly football, and they even go around Europe to play. There are other clubs, but often it depends on the office you are based in as each location has different types of clubs available. You are able to participate in any activity even if you are not part of the social club.
9a. Would you recommend CGI to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It's a good opportunity but everything is down to you to where you want to progress to, however there is help available to guide you a bit.. I feel it’s less technology/ IT and more consultancies based so it may not be for everyone. But it gives you a degree and years of experience so in the end it will be worth it.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to CGI? *
During the assessment day you should be open and talk to people. I would also suggest giving input during discussions and not be quite. Take initiative during group exercise and allow other to give their opinion. They look for how you interact with others, not just what you know. Also do research on what the company is about (project based), and be confident.
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