1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I spend time in team meetings learning from what they discuss and expressing my ideas. Plan test cases and execute them with my mentor. I spend time completing coursework for my training provider. I get shown around systems and methods used for recording testing and flagging up issues and fixing system problems.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed better soft skills, such as communicating with others around the department and have become a lot more comfortable being myself. I have learned how to better document my work and the sort of approach I should have. I have also gained many skills in the field of testing. It has taught me the testers mind set and how to think laterally and analyse software better
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
There is a lot to enjoy about my programme. The work is fun and interesting and as an apprentice I regularly move around and do new things. My colleagues are all very friendly and are willing to help whenever I need it. The company culture encourages to be yourself and accepting making the environment feel more relaxed. Picking up new skills is always great fun as it is a challenge that then improves you work
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I had a very clear induction which taught me a lot about Sky and its values. I was informed about the site and told all i needed to know. The training has been very good quality but the dates of my external training has been moved around a lot. However my general support from the training company has been very good.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer meets with me once every week. We discuss my progress, what I have done and learned. If I have had any problems and how we can fix them, and what is next to come. He has always been very helpful and is understanding if I am struggling to do something
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
I receive constant support and can email or call whenever I need. If I don't understand something or am late for a deadline, they will not mind as long as I inform them. They will then do their best to accommodate for me and try to get me back on track
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
The more work I do for my qualification the better I understand the things I encounter and can handle more complex tasks. It also makes me feel more confident in my abilities as it helps me build the theory knowledge so I can engaged new tasks with lots of ways to analyse and approach it
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 quite a few different events that go on. For example, we have team lunches to go to at restaurants off site where we all socialise and get to know each other better. We have Christmas parties and other small meetups too. There are lots of professional events as well. Such as the annual technology conference where visitors and colleagues present new technologies or comprehensive talks about current technology other departments may not know about.
9a. Would you recommend Sky to a friend?
It is a great opportunity to get into the field of your choice and to get lots of soft skills to start of strong in the work place. It is also a very fun experience and you will look back upon the time fondly as you are given a wealth of knowledge, experience and fun
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Sky?
Make sure you are yourself, but to push forward and be outgoing, make sure you talk about your passions and why you care so much about what you are applying for. Be clear and concise and demonstrate your capabilities with examples. Don't be too modest about yourself. Prepare to work hard and have fun
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