1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Forecasting Capital Expenditure (CapEx) Budgets - I consolidate the work of a number of teams to build an idea of where we land vs budget. Following this, the analysis of our CapEx budget is done. Consolidating commentary for both P&L and Capex analysis Ad-hoc requests Chair and organise Team meetings
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt to use Excel not only specific formaulas but I have been able to teach myself some without direction. I have also developed my public speaking skills in a professional context. I feel that I am more comfortable about the numbers I'm referring to in my talk than I used to feel.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
It's rigorous and requires hard work but well structured. The people you work with are smart and always happy to help. The complex is amazing, getting to work in an amazing building is something I enjoy. There's also an overwhelming amount of support around to help whenever you need it.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Check-in calls take place regularly allowing me to review the work I've been doing. It also includes reflective statements that give you the opportunity to look at your progress and improve in areas you feel less confident in. Exams always take priority over work but making sure you communicate your schedule will always make thing easier.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
An immense amount of support. There are a number of ways to receive support: Your Line Manager - Always check-in to see how you're doing and what you're enjoying Your Day-to-day Manager - Available to assist in tasks, ask questions to and give you challenging work when needed. A Mentor - To discuss your overall progression at Sky and what you'd like to achieve.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Check-in calls with the training provider in which they remind you of all the resources they offer you if you need extra study support or information to write reflective statements on. They also give you a chance to verbalise your progress in the company in terms of the work you've been doing.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
It gives you more context behind the work you're doing and why it is you do your work in the manner you do. A lot more of what you learn is through doing the job and also just speaking to your colleagues. Sometimes, talking to others can make those connections between your study and work clearer.
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 so many extra-curricular activities to get involved in at Sky. There is: Football, Gym, Employee Networks such as Diversity & Inclusion, Women, LGBTQ, Parents, Health & Mind. There are also monthly socials, a pay day social and a quarterly team social in which you can be part of deciding what you all do.
9a. Would you recommend Sky to a friend?
Sky is a great place to work and the people who work there are a large part of what makes it so great. People are supportive, intelligent and skilled at what they do. It is an amazing place to learn and develop yourself into the career you want for yourself.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Sky?
Be yourself and try to think about what you can bring to Sky because once you get there, everyone wants to hear what you think. Your opinion is valued and has weight. Get to understand as much as you can about Sky as well as the area you want to work in. Not only will it prepare you for the assessment centre/ interview, but it will also help you build a better idea in your mind of what you'll be doing once you've got the role.
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