1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am currently working in commercial team looking after projects. On a day to day basis this means I am talking to engineers, project managers and various other stakeholders regarding the status of the project. My task is to periodically analyse payments made by contractors and send out a response.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
In my time here currently up to date at Transport for London I have developed various different existing skills as well as learning many different new skills. Skills in which I have developed my knowledge in consist of word, excel and many others. The new skill which I have learnt is CAD.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the programme to a really good extent and one of the main reasons for this is because I continue to learn daily. As well as that you meet many different people and therefore you are able to learn off them also. You also working in very different teams.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
At the beginning when I started the programme it was very organised and I had real sense of direction. However, once I got 6 months through the organisation and structure level dropped severely. The structure then picked up again after my first year in transport for London as we then had a clear sense of direction........
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
In terms of support we receive from the employer I believe it is to a really good standard. The employer help us a lot with our college needs as well our management course. They also provide flexibility in regards to our placement and where choose to go. This has been really helpful.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
In regards to our training provider we receive a lot of support. They are always available via email and phone whenever we need any assistance. Also in regards to the training they provide I find it really useful as I always learn new stuff which I did not previously know.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I really believe that my qualification with my training provider helps me to perform better in my role. In regards to a management qualification session we undertook I was able to translate that into my role when I worked in project, programme and delivery team. It also benefited me when I was doing a mentoring.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
At Transport for London there are a lot of extra-curricular activities in which we are able to get involved in at work. These vary from social activities to sporting activities. In my first year at Transport for London I joined the weekly football league and through that I was able to meet many new people.
9a. Would you recommend Transport for London to a friend?
I would recommend transport for London to a friend mainly because I have enjoyed my time here. Also it is a career path in which you are able to grow and increase as an employee and learn many different new skills as well as developing the skill sets you already have,
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Transport for London?
The tips or advice I would give to others applying to Transport for London is that they should ignore the stereotypes around the company, and that Transport for London is a great opportunity in which you can enjoy and learn. I would recommend transport for London to people who are looking for an opportunity to study as well as gain experience.
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