1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My current role is a Rollout Manager. I track the completion of a number of tasks in order to ensure that our environment is successfully prepared for the client to use for a weekend-long intense training event. I liaise with management across a number of teams including testing, build and release
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Definitely, I've furthered my skills of both managing tasks and managing people. My analytical skills have also improved as I've had to determine the estimated time length of activities and how to best co-ordinate them to ensure we're ready for LES.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the work side. The university side was challenging but proved very worthwhile in the end and I use a number of my skills in the workplace.
4. How valued do you feel by CGI?
Very valued, I have been presented with awards, attended a number of networking and development events, and received praise from both my people and line manager.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
There are lots of support networks in place including mentors and buddies. The split between university and work is very clear although perhaps aspects of the university side of the programme could be improved
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
QA and Winchester are both very supportive, within both institutions we have clear communication lines and internal reps who can raise any queries. The university support me personally when I fell ill last year and the support networks and communication networks were very strong
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The support from the programme leadership team could be improved. Communication networks need to be strong and a sense of overall community between past and present years on the programme could improve things
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I'm very happy with my salary! It helps me meet all of the costs mentioned given that I live in a fairly expensive area. A key selling point of the company is its share purchase plan where they match our contributions up to a certain %.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, we have lots of company social events and sports events including a European Championship football tournament. On the programme within most year groups there is a strong bond and social events are often arranged
9a. Would you recommend CGI to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The overall package of the programme is very good. The social elements, the work, the university aspects and the remuneration all come together to form a very strong programme and one I am glad I completed.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to CGI? *
Be yourself! Don't try be something you think we're looking for Research the company, not just the programme. Don't let the assessment day pass you by, come to present the best version of yourself across.
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