1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role throughout the course of the apprenticeship has changed and morphed greatly. What I do now in my day to day role is completely different from what I did when I first started out. I am currently part of multiple teams and play a different role in each on. I am part of the Automation, Telemetry teams, as well as the TOC External Training team in which I am the UK representative and have a number of responsibilities.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I feel I have grown exponentially throughout the course of this apprenticeship - with the great support from my employer and my great line manager. Not only have I had opportunities to enhance my technical abilities, I have been able to grow as a professional and have become a hundred times more confident compared to how I was initially. I feel this whole process has taught me a great deal.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my apprenticeship a lot. I have been very lucky to experience the things I have and be able to take advantage of numerous amazing opportunities thanks to my employer and more so - my line manager. It was thanks to my line manager that I was able to experience what its like to be in different teams and what their responsibilities are. I feel my horizons have broadened tenfold thanks to the nature of my apprenticeship and my job.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
There was not much structure to the overall apprenticeship. A lot of people would see this as a bad thing - however this allowed me to really own my apprenticeship and experience things which others were not able to. I have my line manager to thank for this, as I has not boxed in to just one team and environment and was able to grow in different ways.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a lot of support from my employer and line manager. The support system they have in place really allow their employees to get all the help they need. I feel they provide a safe and comfortable environment for anyone who is having troubles - be it at work or in outside of work. I have been able to very easily talk to my line manager and apprenticeship lead about any troubles or concerns I have about my apprenticeship.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
The support from the training provider has also been very good. Despite there being a few issues at the beginning of my apprenticeship - they made sure that I got the experience I needed in order to pass the apprenticeship and do well. I found all the meetings with my skills couch to be very good and encouraging.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I feel that by acquiring the qualifications I have been able to demonstrate a certain level of technical understanding relating to those specific subjects. Although they don't directly relate to my individual job role - I can tie in the concepts that I learnt about and relate them to some of the tasks which I do in my day to day job.
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.)
There are loads of extra-curricular activities to get involved in at my work. There is always something happening every day. These can vary from networking events, social events, conferences, coffee corner talks, competitions and loads more; including volunteering opportunities. Every week there is an email sent out to all employees informing them of the extra-curricular activities which are being run.
9a. Would you recommend UBS to a friend?
They offer a great range of learning opportunities and have a great support system. You will find yourself learning things from everyone you meet. The experience which I have had is truly unique and I am very pleased to have embarked on this journey. You will undoubtedly grow in ways you did not expect.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to UBS?
When applying for any role - you should always be prepared to do work which you don't enjoy. That's part of what its like to have a job. If you work hard enough and you have patience, you will see yourself gaining the trust of others and find yourself being given responsibility for new things. It through this process which you'll be able to look back at the work you did and see the benefit of it all. Its all part of the journey.
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