1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
This apprentice scheme is mainly about learning so this is kept in mind when deciding projects to work on.
When I get in I tend to plan my day, look through my emails and make a list of tasks that I intend to complete for the day. For most of my time I work on any projects or tasks that are assigned to me. The remaining time is spent in meetings and doing some admin work.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt how to program in 5 different languages. There is a lot of technical and functional training which I have taken advantage of. Overall I have greatly improved my technical skills whilst also improving other skills such as time keeping and general organisation. I also have learnt a lot about the business from a functional perspective.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I constantly feel challenged and find that I'm always learning. Overall I enjoy the programme a lot
4. How valued do you feel by Goldman Sachs?
Everybody is always able to make time if I need help and the people closest to me, such as my team and managers are always wanting to know how I'm getting on and whether I'm making progress. As a result I feel that Goldman Sachs are putting a lot into this scheme so whilst I may not be doing the most critical work I still feel valued.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I think the programme is quite well structured. I am about half way through my second year and so far everything has run smoothly. We are provided with a lot of training and have recently started a new apprentice project around machine learning. Overall there has clearly been a lot of time and effort spent in organising this scheme
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Our training provider is Queen Mary University of London. For a university I think that they provide a lot of support. From comparisons with friends at other universities it seems that Queen Mary provides a lot of support to its students and lecturers are especially accommodating with issues that students face.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Goldman Sachs are always looking for ways to help and improve. When I started the scheme I was assigned two mentors. Over my time here I have found that I rely on a lot of people for mentoring. I have also found that people are always willing to help and when direct help cannot be given I am always pointed to other people who can help.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary covers everything I need to plus I make some savings, not much but some. I moved to London for this job and so the salary is enough to cover rent in London which for most people will be the biggest cost.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, being in London there are many activities and opportunities available. Goldman Sachs has on-site gym and BUPA health centre. There are volunteering opportunities such as scheme we have called community team works.
9. Would you recommend Goldman Sachs to a friend?
It's a great place to start or continue your career. The atmosphere is great and the people are very nice, friendly, profession and extremely clever.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Goldman Sachs?
Learn as much about the company and find which area is most interesting to you and show this in the interview. Take an interest in the industry overall. Know that interviews are just as hard for the interviewer as they are for the interviewee, so think about what you would want to gain if you were employing someone and try to convey this information.