1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Maintaining the changes on different circuit sizes that could affect Bloomberg's network or not. I would have to base this on a east/west schedule and if the circuit is in use within trading hours of that specific country.
Communicating to vendors such as COLT, BT, ETC that Bloomberg have circuits with on and discuss positive and negatives we have had using there services.
Overlooking our EMEA shared email address to update our tickets that our different reps in EMEA are working on currently so that reps are made aware of any updates from vendors on any progress. Furthermore this allows me to create maintenance tickets that different vendors will issue to Bloomberg outside of trading hours to repair, update a circuit that we have on our network.
Installing different types of hardware in our data center such as servers, routers, power strips, ETC. I also improve cable and device management by colour coding, cable ties, labeling and overall tidiness.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
My skills that I have improved on are
Better judgement on different tasks given to me and how I should approach tasks, Strengthen my ability to communicate to different types of people and large groups of people, Improvements on my use of Microsoft software, The ability to work under pressure with deadlines that have to be met, Improved my leadership skills within my job and this lead on to give myself more self motivation as a person to complete a task or job at hand and what decisions to be made that are correct to Bloomberg guidelines.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have enjoyed every minute I have been on my journey with my company Bloomberg and my training provider QA. Both companies have such a structure to the program that will improve your own personally skills and how you should conduct yourself within the work place. The training provider and Bloomberg both allow you to gain a qualifications at the same time for you to have eventually improve yourself overall.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
QA has the course well structured on what individual student has to do within their specific course and all dates of the different courses you take are well planned out to make you aware of what you as a person are getting into.
Bloomberg also set out guidelines and structure to my specific program that are open to educational days for me to complete my coursework and do my job at the same time without any conflicts or to much self pressure that can affect me. Continuously at Bloomberg you have to think on your feet and you are made aware of what you will be doing to prepare yourself for that work you will be given.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I'm massively supported by my employer by giving educational day and times within the day to complete my training provider course. In addition any work given to me I'm fully educated before hand by given training from Bloomberg or shadowing a colleague on how they complete it and give me the most efficient way of completing a task.
In additional, Bloomberg have social groups that allow you to communicate freely and have similar interests as other people and how they are or have dealt with things that you might have.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
I'm fully supported by my training provider by allowing me to communicating to them at any time freely for any support that I need for my qualification. The course dates are fully laid out and if there are any problems, QA try to rearrange dates to fit your personally and working life.
Furthermore, for my coursework I have been given every bit of detail that I need in order to complete my coursework on time before my apprenticeship ends.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
Overall I believe that my qualifications really best suit my job role as what I'm learning on my week courses do fit to my working day to day basis on what I do. Applying to Bloomberg Networking apprenticeship role this put me on the infrastructure technician course as both the role and course suit each other.
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.)
Working at Bloomberg there are many different extra-curricular activities that I can get involved in.
Bloomberg have charity events continuously that can change daily to weekly events that can also help the environment and it allows you to give back to the world and further educate yourself depending what you sign up for.
There is also different social groups that you can be apart of at Bloomberg so you have a level of education and openness on different peoples views on what they do and support and believe in this world.
9a. Would you recommend Bloomberg to a friend?
Working at Bloomberg is a different adventure everyday and genuinely everyone working at Bloomberg are so open to different idea's that can formulate more efficient ways of working to improve the company overall everyone is so friendly and leadership and other colleagues want you to always do better in what you do. Furthermore, Bloom,berg is a stimulating environment where you can educate yourself and allow other to educate you as well by shadowing or taking courses provided by Bloomberg.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Bloomberg?
When applying to Bloomberg I would advise to just be yourself and make sure that everything you do within the interviews and any other processes you have to take before gaining the job, you should be yourself and straight to the point and make sure you do your research and weather or not that the job you are applying for at Bloomberg best suits you.
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