1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am currently working on a project focussed on improving the asset finance system at Santander. Day to day, I am involved in data management of the new system as well as documentation. I am writing documents template briefs as well creating reports in relation to the asset finance system.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes I have learnt many new skills including SQL. My role requires me to be very computer literate so IT skills is the biggest area that I have been able to develop. I have also developed a lot of people skills such as learning how to communicate with stakeholders and how to communicate with senior colleagues.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my programme a lot. Santander promotes flexible working which makes it an exciting and vibrant place to work. There is always a lot of support and I have been able to join as office football team! Santander promotes well being and this is evident in how happy people are to come to work.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
In m experience, it is very well organised. I have been put into a project that is at the right level for me and after I have learnt all I can from the project, I will be moved on to another one. So far, I have no complaints about organisation.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There is a lot of support both from the graduate community as well as my specific project. We have many people supporting us as a graduate community. We even had an event in London last week where we all came together. My team then supports me as well. I have a placement manager that is extremely supportive.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
A lot. I have a skills coach that I meet with once a month to talk through progress and issues. I met with him a few days ago for an hour where we discussed how I am performing so far, any issues that need to be addressed and steps going forward.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
The qualification is very relevant to the day to day work I do. It has definitely made me a better business analyst! I have already seen the benefit of things I've learnt on training. For example, data modelling is something we learn and I have already used that in my 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.)
I play for the office football team. We play once a week at the local powerleague. Mixed quality but it is good fitness and also a god way to meet people and make new friends. I was there last night and I ha a great time. Santander is also the sponsor for the champions league so puts on a 5 a side tournament in support of that.
9a. Would you recommend Santander to a friend?
Good company name. Good salary. Good training. Good support. A very good company to work for, especially as a graduate. My team, for example, are supportive enough to let me work from home on Fridays in order to focus on my apprenticeship qualifications. I cannot imagine that many companies would be that supportive.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Santander?
Be yourself! Do not be who you think the company (or any other) wants you to be or you could end up doing something you do not like or are not suited for. If you are yourself, you will get work that suits who you are and then you will get the most out of it.
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