1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My current job is a traineeship with 3M. My day to day tasks are varied, and can involve anything from holding meetings with clients, to completing audit work and studying for exams. Due to the relatively flat structure of the firm, and the small nature of the Aberdeen office I get to deal with colleagues at every level. Every day I am dealing with clients whether it be via e-mail, telephone or face to face conversation.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have gained multiple skills in interacting with different types of clients. Alao I have learnt how 3M do things and what they would like their workto represent and their standards. Moreover, due to dealing with different clients I have learnt different ways to speak and interact with people that may not be rational hence in prder to respect and appreciate different customers and clients.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the job, it is hard work but you are working towards a great career. College can be stressful, and you have to apply yourself and forgo a social life for a couple of weeks in order to prepare for exams, but this is only twice/ three times a year. 3M has a great culture and everyone wants you to do well and succeed which helps you to feel very comfortable and lovely.
4. How valued do you feel by 3M UK?
I think this depends on the individual. If you are willing to work hard and work late, then you will receive the due recognition from managers and peers. You will become more involved in the audits. On the other hand, you could choose to do the bare minimum, in which case you will probably find yourself being asked to complete the more mundane tasks.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It would be beneficial if, on top of time given for college, we were given some study leave to prepare for exams. In not giving us time to prepare for exams, EY put us in an awkward situation where we feel like we need to leave early every day leading up to an exam in order to study. This makes you feel as though you are letting the rest of the team down, but the pressure put on passing exams is such that you don't really have a choice.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We study with Kaplan (paid for by 3M). The tutors are competent and approachable, and the material is very good. It is in everyone's best intentions for you to succeed so help is easy to come by should you need it. They also chase you up if you need anything and make sure that you finish everything so that you're not behind which is really helpful when yoy're working too.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We have Counsellors who help manage our development and meet with us regularly to discuss how things are going/any concerns we have. In general, the whole company is very supportive and very welcoming and they really help you with everyhting associated to learning and they teach you the little tips and tricks in order to get the most out of the traineeship rather than keeping little secrets to help the work to themselves.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary, at present, does cover all relevant costs. However, it does not leave much money to complete social activities. It is understood that the salary is competitive for the role and therefore I do not see this as being an huge issue since it means that other companies are both paying the same hence I am happy with my job and the money that they're giving me.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many opportunities for socialising outside of work. This is because 3M is a very social company. There are many opportunities to socialise outside of work through nights out, sports clubs, sector socials and other similar activities. This is helpful sicne we van create connections and bonds with other people in the company without it having to professional or mature too formal.
9. Would you recommend 3M UK to a friend?
It is a very respectable and helpful organisation to be part of. There is a tremendous amount of support and therefore I would recommend 3M to an friend.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to 3M UK?
I would give the advice for anyone applying to be individual and act themselves in the interview.3m is a very personal firm and so it is very focused on the individual.
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