1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Currently working as a robotic process automation consultant at CGI. I am required to interact with clients in order to gain business for the company and provide an automation solution that improves their business. Aswell as 1 day a week at university. I am enjoying both thoroughly.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, I have learnt many new skills. One of the main ones I have been working on is public speaking/presenting - of which I have recently completed a training course on (in London). I have also developed existing skills - such as teamwork, communication and leadership.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Thoroughly. I 100% believe that it is the best programme out of school/college. It allows individuals to gain great industry knowledge/experience and a respected degree at the same time (aswell as a salary and apprecticeship).
4. How valued do you feel by CGI?
Very. As members we are communicated with extremely well and always kept updated. I feel that, although it is a large corporation, my opinion is important and valued by others.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I would say it is a well structured and organised programme. There is a dedicated team that handle the students well and have been there to answer any queries or problems that have occurred.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
An adequate amount - we are provided with access to learning material and professional contacts that are able to support if needed. Overall I would say very good.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Similarly, I would say that the support received is good. Cgi are a good company to work for and I feel valued and that I can ask for assistance or material should I need it. For example, university books are paid for.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
After the recent salary reviews for the programme I am more satisfied with the salary and feel that I can live comfortable on it at the moment. CGI are willing to pay expenses when working so I cannot complain.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
A considerable amount. I have represented CGI in their annual football tournament which is due to take place this year in Scotland - again I will be attending. Other opportunities exist and I am happy there is enough to satisfy all.
9a. Would you recommend CGI to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Salary, experience, degree/apprenticeship. Also cgi are a well respected organisation and I feel it gives you a good grounding for future development and career choices. I have recommended previously and will continue to do so.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to CGI? *
Be yourself and be open to different roles onces joining. But when applying I would say to make sure you research cgi and the industry thoroughly before applying so that if a question is asked you feel confident you can ask it to a high standard.
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