1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
On a day-to-day basis, you will be involved with certain projects that you have been assigned to which usually consists of:
- Meetings with stakeholders - Designing - Developing
As a result of this, you typically have a lot of responsibility regardless of being an apprentice and therefore shows that you are being seen as any other employee rather than an apprentice.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Technical Skills - I have learnt a lot on the web side of the development which has definitely improved over the course of my time during the apprenticeship.
Teamwork - Being assigned projects in groups, you then begin to realise the importance of teamwork and how it effects the end product, which has definitely been a skill that has been developed. Specifically within the second year as there are projects assigned within both work and university which both have significant meaning.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Before coming into this apprenticeship, I wasn't sure of what to expect, but when I integrated into the firm, I was surprised how diverse the culture was, how incredible individuals within the team are and just in general, the whole atmosphere.
The whole experience has been amazing as a whole.
4. How valued do you feel by Goldman Sachs?
You are not treated like any other 'apprentice' but definitely more like an employee within the firm. You are given recognition just like any other person, you are just as involved with any other tasks your team is and just in general, you feel far more valued overall.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Considering how we started off as the first batch for the degree apprenticeship, the organisation for the programme was quite well and as the second year's have already come in, we can see that the things that had to be learnt from the first year, was applied to the second year, therefore being far more structured for the oncoming years.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
There are additional classes setup within university called PASS that usually occurs on certain days for students to come in and get help from students who are far more senior, and this has also been added as a session for us apprentices to help us advance. We also have a tutor, for any concerns or troubles that we may have with any of the courses or anything in general.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There is a mentor and buddy system, where once you have joined the firm, there will be people you can talk to for any questions you may have work-related or even anything in general. This is often the starting point and in the end, allows you to build a wider network.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
As an degree apprentice, you are given a well-suited package.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are various voluntary activities that you can attend, company events, societies to join within university and various others.
9. Would you recommend Goldman Sachs to a friend?
The amount of support given, to help yourself advance significantly, the culture, the atmosphere are all amazing. It is a place where you would want to continue to work in.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Goldman Sachs?
- Your CV should already be known inside and out as it is a reflection of yourself
- Definitely ask questions while you have the chance
- Prepare yourself, have an understanding of what you want to do, what you have done already, how you see yourself being suited for the role and give it your all within the interview.