1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a junior project manager on a large-scale infrastructure project in the energy and retail sector. I deal with many stakeholders on a daily basis and manage the resourcing, along with finance and other related project topics.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have undertaken first-time management training, project management training and security training as part of my role. I am hoping to do my Prince2 after I have completed my degree.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy working for a company such as CGI, as not only are they giving me a great opportunity at work, they are funding me to complete a degree, I never thought I would ever do.
4. How valued do you feel by CGI?
CGI has catered for me since I have joined, by giving me responsibility when I ask for it and then prove that I can undertake the extra responsibility. I have been completing voluntary work, and have also implemented a new initiative as part of the HR17 strategy. This has made me really stand out within the company, and I have been recognised for my efforts so far.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The induction when I joined was very helpful and insightful about the company, the training is very easy to request and implement, meetings are well-organised with mentor and line/people manager. There is always someone to speak to when you need it.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The University in which I am currently studying, is always on hand if you have any questions about the modules you are completing. They treat you as they would full-time students, so you don't feel left out.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There are parts of the business that don't have any dealings with the Sponsored Degree Programme, or its students, but everyone is very interested and intrigued to hear about how we manage to work full-time and study full-time. We seem like superstars to them.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I am an older student, and am completely independent of my parents, so CGI has been helping me where needed to be able to live worry-free.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I am based in Reading, and there are always things going on. Especially if you socialise with your year group, and the year groups for that matter. There is a large network of students similar in age who will always find something for you to do.
9a. Would you recommend CGI to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I have already been recommending friends/family, as I feel it is a fantastic opportunity to earn and learn at the same time. You become more employable at the end of the degree, and the support which CGI gives, as well as their working culture is 100% amazing.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to CGI? *
Really research the company and make sure you are willing to potentially stay with one company for minimum of six years. Make sure that if you are thinking of re-locating, you work out your living costs and make sure you have an idea of where you would like to live.
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