1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As we are on a 6 month rotation scheme, we change departments and so our work stream changes. At the moment I am working on a Fintech team which involves getting new start up banks to partner with Visa.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
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3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Currently, I am enjoying my placement as I have a good team around me. However, in my previous rotations, I didn't enjoy it at all due to factors such as manager and general work I was allocated.
The company culture is fairly relaxed.
4. How valued do you feel by Visa?
As an apprentice, it can be daunting coming into an environment you have very little knowledge of. I would say as an apprentice, coming out of the programme, you will be a very value employee as you have had exposure to several areas in the organisation, which an average employee won't have.
There is an internal recognition system which can be used by anyone at Visa to give you a 'shoutout' for any good work you've done. This can be very encouraging and makes you feel appreciated.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is relatively well structured; we have regular training for each module etc. As an organisation, I think things could be better especially when onboarding new apprentices and at the beginning of each rotation there is often a period of time where you don't really have anything to get on with.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We have occasional meetings with our training coach and in general, the response time for queries and questions varies from tutor to tutor, but usually it can take a while.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Our Talent Manager is really hands-on with all the apprentices and is always willing to talk about any problems we may be having etc. With managers, their level of support varies depending on how busy they are, how much they know about the programme etc.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I am able to cover my essential costs and then have some left over for general spending, but not enough to put aside some savings which I would like to do.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
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9. Would you recommend Visa to a friend?
It would very much depend on what the person was interested in. For example, if they're someone who enjoys learning about new technologies and data, then I would. However, if you're more of a creative person then probably not as I don't feel there's a lot of good opportunity to be able to express creativity at Visa
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Visa?
The application process is pretty straight forward. Onboarding process at Visa can be very tedious and involves a lot of waiting.
Before joining I would like to have been told more about what departments we would be rotating into and a realistic idea of what type of work we would be doing.
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