1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Software engineer, for middleware applications using various new technologies and predominantly coding in Java following the agile methodology. The day start with team stand up in the mornings to communicate what task are currently being worked on and what is left to do to complete the sprint.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Previously I had no coding experience before joining the apprenticeship. I have been on various training course such as data modeling, java fundamentals and other mandatory training provided by the firm. I have developed my communication skills as we work with not only other developers but also environment managers, project managers and business analysts. Clear communication between the wider team is vital to deliver features for each project.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy the type of work given as an apprentice. We work with new technologies and various coding languages, each day is different. My team are hugely supportive and I often pair with team members on certain tasks to build confidence.
4. How valued do you feel by J.P. Morgan?
I feel highly valued within the organization. I have been involved with the creation and design of business critical application as an apprentice and given the opportunity to work with various different teams from different lines of business to collaborate.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The structure of our programme is 2 consecutive study days a week followed by 3 days in office over 4 years. This works well as work is not disrupted and context switching is reduced. This gives us enough time to focus on our BAU roles as well as studying.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I received regular check-up calls from the apprentice providers after every module. I also receive study support for my dyslexia, which is weekly support during term time. I can contact my apprentice manager at the university easily if required.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I get support from my team mates when needed for tasks I am unsure on. Often I will pair with ream members to task to get a greater understanding. When I joined the firm I received training in Java and unit testing along with various other courses.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Adequate considering location and living costs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
On campus there are groups and sporting activities that are open to all employees. I have been involved with the work sailing team and participated in Round the Island Race as well as evening classes. As well as being involved with voluntary work for RSBP and other charities.
9. Would you recommend J.P. Morgan to a friend?
The firm has a great and encouraging learning environment; events such as TechFest are encouraged for both operations and technology as well as external opportunities. There is a large variety of roles in the firm from corporate, technology and operations all with great opportunity for mobility
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to J.P. Morgan?
ask questions, engage and do some research
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