1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role was mostly shadowing those who worked at Cisco during my time with the 'hosts'. I was present in some meetings which my 'host' explained their role as well as Video Conference with someone who was experienced in a sector I was interested in. On Monday and Thursday we were required to work in groups with people we were formally unacquainted with who held different strengths to complete a task.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
During my time with my host I learnt valuable skills as I was able to ask about particular code as well as learning about different languages available. Moreover my knowledge on development and testing was heightened which was relevant to what i was studying at school. Moreover my communication and group work skills was also improved.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoyed it as I was able to work in groups with people I didn't know as well as being in a different environment. My time with the hosts was really great, I was surrounded my positive people who helped me develop my skills and knowledge with their work. I was pleased that the company had tried their best to get the students involved.
4. How valued do you feel by Cisco?
From what I have witnessed, Cisco values their employees which really reflected through their behavior towards the students who attended the program. We were encouraged to learn and explore their field of work. While we hadn't been able to physically get involved for obvious reason, we were still encouraged and guided. I believe everyone has a choice, and the fact both our hosts went out their way to encourage and educate us as young females about our future made me feel very valued.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Monday and Thursday was very structured as we were given some sort of induction in the beginning followed a time table of the day. Those two days really allowed us to develop skills and qualities, as well as providing guidance for writing good CV's. Tuesday and Thursday could have been more structured however the time spent with hosts was really beneficial as we were able to still question and explore new things.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I received a lot of support in terms of learning was needed in order for me enter my preferred career choice as they really showed that there are many routes were available. Moreover they showed us that gender shouldn't be a limitation which really empowered me after talking various women and men during my time at Cisco which I value.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
In addition I was given thorough support on how to make my CV better which is really beneficial as it is a document which may open many doors for me which i really appreciate.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many depending on the location of the office. The company from my experience do have company and events which i believe is great as it is rewarding for its employees. Moreover, they are generous in terms of charity so they hold events to raise as much for those in need. The offices have area in which the employees can de-stress which i believe is beneficial for both mental and physical health.
9. Would you recommend Cisco to a friend?
Of Course! The time i spent at Cisco was short but very beneficial as I was able to meet new people (social skills) but also develop new skills for the area of interest I was involved in. Much of what i learnt was relevant and applicable to my course which i really believe is has helped me a lot. While they arent teachers, i really was educated on many different aspects of both personal and work life.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Cisco?
I would suggest choosing appropriate areas of interests when applying and being organised. It is important to state what your skills are and how you can apply them as it makes it easier for your hosts as then theyll have a clear understanding of what you want to they can help you better.
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