1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a software developer and my day to day tasks are to work on projects coding with Java. I work around teams who are involved in important projects within the company and get to join their meeting calls. Sometimes we have to liaise with other teams to ensure the work we do is good.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy it. The people I work with are really nice and look after me well. There are things I have learned here that I never thought I would, stuff that other people have no clue about! I don't think I've felt so happy to work somewhere before (or thought I could be so happy about working somewhere).
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My programme is extremely well structured, we were given full clarity on when the courses are, what the courses are and what we will achieve by doing the courses, and of course we can contact our line managers or the apprentice team if we have any questions or issues with our course and work structure
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We have daily calls with our line managers which we can use to ask any questions or express any worries, we also have contact with them either through person, Skype, or email. We can contact our line managers any time and they try their hardest to help resolve any issues, and if they cant they give us the right resources and contacts to get it sorted as quick as possible
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
When I was on an 8 week course I had extensive training from tutors, but some other trainers didn't help at all (maybe they didn't need to). Within work we have had a lot of training from multiple people across the business which has helped me develop my skills in areas I needed to develop.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
If I didn't have my qualification then I could not do the work I have to. The qualification is really in depth (and really difficult) which is brilliant as it means that everything I learn is completely applicable to my job role. There are other well being parts of the qualification that help me with daily life as well.
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.)
Atos has some opportunities outside of work, you can get discounts to local leisure centres and gyms through their benefits scheme. I was sent to the Outwards bound trust for training and I feel that was a useful and exciting opportunity. I also get cheaper cinema tickets so that helps out a lot!
9a. Would you recommend Atos to a friend?
I believe that Atos is a great place to start a career within the IT Industry, they provide a great working environment which is full of support and respect, I feel safe coming into work everyday and the work is very appropriate for an apprentice of my level. Atos really makes you feel like one of the team.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Atos?
Make sure to take your time writing your application to Atos, maybe even write a few drafts and have them reviewed and improved if needed before submission.
Be yourself in your interview, make sure to be completely truthful and tell the interviewer the honest answer rather than the answer that you think that they want to hear.
In relation to the assessment days, try your best to make a good first impression by acting and dressing appropriately for work.