1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am one of the eight first degree apprentices that JP Morgan have taken on. My week consists of Monday and Wednesday are 'corporate training' which is where we learn how to be professional as well as value add to the business by doing projects for different teams around the company, also during school time Monday afternoon I spend teaching children how to program. Tuesday and Thursday are my 'degree days' these days are spent with eight hours doing what we call the pre-work which is the work the university want us to do before the two hour lecture in the evenings. Finally Friday is our day with our teams, this is when we would be with our assigned teams and help them out with little projects. It works well.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I am working towards my BSc DTS (hons) degree, this will take around four and a half years, from then I will have a full time roll within JP Morgan. There have been a fair few 'teething issues' with our university but JP Morgan's apprentice team are first class and always fight our battles for us and get it sorted.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
After 6 months of online forms, interviews, assessment centers etc. It was a great relief to open my A-Level results and to get the acceptance grades. From then it was a wild ride moving home for the first time and living by myself. This all just heightened my excitement to start. Once I had started it was so much better than I though it could ever be (there's a private Starbucks in office! AND free hot chocolate!) Also my team are so kind and understand that the degree work takes priority and don't overload me with unreasonable workloads.
4. How valued do you feel by J.P. Morgan?
It isn't possible to be valued any more. Seriously JP Morgan's company ethos is that just everyone is important and I love it. Even if you are having a bad five mins / hour / day there will always be someone to cheer you up, be that your manager or another staff member (even someone you have never spoke to before).
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Top. Absolutely top standard. All eight of us know when and where to be every second of the day. We are the first degree apprentices that JP Morgan have enrolled and I can honestly say its been a great success on their behalf, and we are getting loads of out it too!
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
There's always one dark horse... Our university (training provider) aren't the best if I'm telling the 100% truth. But the apprenticeship leads know of this and are sorting it out for us.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Tons and tons. From my manager, the human recourse team, all of my mentors, my (what JP call) buddy and other staff members. I don't really know what else to say about this section and really the only answer is yes... A lot of it.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Lets put it this way. I'm getting paid (fairly well considering I only actually spend one day a week with my team) and getting a degree paid for me. However living is expensive but that's life, yes more money would be nice but where is the line? More money is always nice.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes indeed me and another one of the eight have started our own 'code club' which teaches 14 - 16 year olds how to program in Scratch, HTML, CSS and Python. This is great fun I really enjoy sharing my wisdom with the younger generation.
9a. Would you recommend J.P. Morgan to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Read back over every single answer before and that will explain. JP Morgan is by far the best company I have every worked for and most possibly the best company I will ever work for.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to J.P. Morgan? *
Apply apply apply. The application process is long, but the outcome is so worth it. The interviews are designed to not make you feel nervous, the onboarding process ran without a single hiccup. There are countless opportunities here at JP Morgan. Once you start at JP Morgan you won't want to go back to your no JP Morgan ways of the past.
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