1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I work in CBB (Compute Back Bone) where I am a Python developer. My daily tasks are making sure all my emails are up-to-date and help others if they have any questions on how to do certain things. Ask others for help if I get stuck on certain tasks. Make sure our teams agile board and Jira are up-to-date, update accordingly if not. I have recently moved team but in my old team (L4 AIX Engineering) I created multiple APIs to help in the automation of the VSI Power builds.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have programmed for years, however since writing the automation for VSI Power I have really got a lot of new coding skills and best practices. As for the degree side of things I got 100% in my networking module which was quite cool so I decided to take networking as a specialty next year as it makes sense if my brain gets it to just keep doing it.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
My work and team I really enjoy, sometimes the degree aspect can get quite tiring as they are done online and sometimes the tutors aren't always the best. However this is no fault to JPMC and they are doing all they can to resolve this. Which is a good thing. It way past my expectations. I for sure wouldn't be where I am without them.
4. How valued do you feel by J.P. Morgan?
Very. All staff want to help no matter how big or small a problem is. There is a strong community especially here in Bournemouth. They also offer tons of great benefits such as great employer pension contributions, private healthcare (not just for employee but for partner / children too). Senior management are easy to talk to and help as much as they can within their busy days.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
JP Morgan side of things is great, they are very helpful, and team specific training that you need they will always give you time to do and they pay for it, and not just team specific. Its quite common if you ask to go on for example a 6 week Java training course your manager will happily pay for this world class training for you (so differently make the most of that).
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Quite honestly our training provider isn't the best, however JPMC is aware and this will be resolved. JPMC is very understanding and have a great support network if you have issues with the training provider to help get issues resolved quickly and efficiently.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Alike my answer to question 4, everyone is so kind and wanting to help every one else, as we know that sharing knowledge will help the company evolve and elevate better and faster. There is a great Employee Assistance Program that help with any issues someone might have (in work or home issues also - fully confidential).
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Well... It's more than enough for a normal 19/20 year old but I tend to like to spend money so end up with very little at the end of each month -.- But that's no fault to JP, I just need to stop spending money. Obviously more money would be nicer but I think that's the same no matter what it would be.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
For sure, there is a group called 'Good Works' where we help external charities with our man-power, for example, helping out at the nursing home, building a new path for a nature reserve, sporting events to raise money for other charities.
9. Would you recommend J.P. Morgan to a friend?
All the great opportunities that JP Morgan offers. And also I can work with my friend.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to J.P. Morgan?
Goodluck. Moving away from home to start being an adult at this young age is a tough thing, bills are horrid but they have to be paid, food doesn't magically appear in the fridge, you have to go buy it! But most importantly it gives you freedom, you will learn a lot about yourself and what is actually important and what seemed to be a big issue really isn't. Life is tough but living it is fun.
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