1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Assisting senior members of staff with projects. Working alongside my team to complete work. I would usually write TA/S's or complete figures. which then gets checked by my line manager. My line manager usually distributes similar work to me and other graduates. I also produce a lot of Travel information packs and create spreadsheets.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, I have learned new skills within excel. e.g. formulas etc. Also my confidence talking to people and believing in myself. I have learnt time keeping skills and the professionalism of working in a grown up environment. I have progressed a lot of my existing skills like organisation and hardworking.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy going to college as it is fun and the people there are about my age. I also enjoy learning new things when I am at college. I partly enjoy working in an office. It is too repetitive and not always very challenging. Its is only mentally demanding and not physically. everyone in the office is to money based and it is a bit boring sometimes and life questioning.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Because it is still starting out so they are always changing things to try and make them better. I think in a few years times things will have settled and the teachers/ senior management structure will be better organised. because I don't who to ask certain questions to sometimes.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
They do help with everything that I do. the gradates will help if I don't understand a certain piece of work and I can always ask my line manger for help if I need to. When I started working a was paired with a buddy who helps with things around eth office and its environment. I think the college are more helpful though.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
A lot of help. They always provide us with the right information and help resources. They know how much time we need for tasks and are always there to talk to. They relate to you more so I feel I can talk to them easier and about everything and not just work/school things.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
they provide me with the rights skills I need to perform well in the working environment. I get mostly knowledge from the college course which I can implement in the office. the college was Is really too easy though and not challenging enough. The work at college is easier than my GCSE's and it is meant to be the next level up.
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.)
yes. there is football, badminton and running club every week. I attend running club which has enabled me to get to know more people at work. there is lots of social things. they give cheaper tickets to events such as festivals and events. they include everyone and there is a few quizzes through the year too.
9a. Would you recommend Mott MacDonald to a friend?
Good experience if you like working in an office. if they got kicked out of college it would be good. if they like adventure an interesting stuff then no but is okay. the pay is good for an apprenticeship and you can buy holiday if you would rather holiday than money.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Mott MacDonald?
There is English and Math tests you have to complete when you apply. The Maths is hard as it is A level but they look at how hard you tried and if you logic/ working out is right. the English is easy. in the interview tell them things that you like.
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