1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am the operations manager for one of our Business Units. Essentially, my daily tasks involve ensuring that the business remains operationally compliant against metrics enforced upon us by corporate.
I report directly to our Vice President of Operation and Delivery, and am also in contact daily with other various senior members of the business. Over my time in the role, I have increased levels of responsibility, where on some tasks I have similar responsibility as a Director.
Over the next month or so, I will be moving into a new role within CGI, becoming the PMO Manager on one of our largest Oil and Gas engagements.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt a number of new skills and qualifications. Through the degree apprenticeship, I achieved a degree with First Class honours in Information Systems Management.
Within the workspace and more specific to my role, I have obtained qualifications in; Prince 2 Practioner, ITIL Foundation.
I have also developed and learnt a number of personal and professional skills, such as presenting to senior members of the business and understanding how to effectively communicate with a client.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have loved the program and would recommend it to absolutely anyone. The work and levels of responsibility that CGI gives you are great and I don't think can be found at similar companies. The degree apprenticeship exceeded my expectations and cannot fault it.
4. How valued do you feel by CGI?
I feel extremely valued by CGI, and know that a lot of the work that I do and have done during my time in the company has gone a long way to improving company compliance etc..
I have received a lot of recognition from senior management within the business, and I believe that CGI are brilliant at recognising their junior employees.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The structure of the program is extremely well organised, from my own personal experience. I know others have felt some sense of disorganisation in their projects, however, I cannot fault this.
CGI put in place a vast number of support mechanisms to help students through the degree apprenticeship, which are extremely valuable.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
A wealth of support and training is always available from the university.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
A wealth of support and training is always available from CGI.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I cannot fault the salary, and believe it is extremely competitive and in line with other companies in the industry.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
CGI hold a vast number of events outside of work with the sports and social program. There is always so much to do and usually, it is paid for by the company!
9. Would you recommend CGI to a friend?
Choosing the degree apprenticeship with CGI has been the best decision of my life. I believe that I am several years ahead of my friends who are just leaving university. I have been able to save for a house deposit and also get a degree with no uni fees at all!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to CGI?
The application process is long and tiring, but it can also be fun. It is important to be yourself.
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