1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I work on an incredibly interesting project within a highly skilled team, I am surrounded by people who have been in the industry for many years with lots of experience to draw from, I contribute to the team and work as a valued member no different to if I had started as a graduate. My key role is on the test team.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have had a large amount of exposure to many different technologies that a relevant and useful in the current industry climate like python, Linux, Ansible, and git. I have also gained the experience of working within an agile scrum framework and all the processes that come along with that way of working.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Taking inspiration from the amount of experience I have been given and exposure to relevant and cutting edge technologies in the relatively short amount of time that I have been on the scheme combined with the undergraduate training that I have received from the University of Winchester and the friends I have made, I would say I have enjoyed every minute of it.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
From the companies perspective, it has been incredible, from the day I started till now there has been a clear line of reasoning to each task that I have been assigned and the induction process to both CGI and the University were well planned and well delivered, so I'd express that it has been well structured.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer provides as much support as is needed on an individual basis, so if I was inclined to require a large amount of personal support, it is available to me, on hand. The day you join you are assigned a mentor for university studies and a buddy who is around the same age to support you in other ways. My project also assigned me a project-specific mentor to support me in my day to day work.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
The University of Winchester supplies ample support for its students and this is no exception with regards to professional studies like myself, they have a well-ingrained student support system built into the workflow of the school and are willing to help if needed. The communication between work and school is well thought out as well as we have a module leader that is in frequent contact with our employers.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
The training course that is provided by the University of Winchester provides an excellent foundation into the way that life within the tech industry is structured and how it can be navigated in a way that means you succeed. We are given ample training on both the technical applications of the tools we frequently use and business best practices.
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.)
CGI has an incredibly active, sports and social club that creates events on a very regular basis and these can range from concerts and horse racing events to BBQs and dinners at nice restaurants. There are also several sports teams that meet on a regular basis that are organized by the sports and social club.
9a. Would you recommend CGI to a friend?
CGI is an amazing company to work for that provides a welcoming and member-focused professional environment and want nothing more than to keep there members happy and well trained. There an enormous number of opportunities to be taken advantage of within the company from networking events to the vast number of projects that you have the opportunity of working within. I couldn't think more highly of a company if i tried
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to CGI?
I would recommend being honest about the skill level you have and the skill level that you would like to achieve within the near future. I would say be vigilant, do you your research and show that you're passionate about the company and what it stands for before starting. I would also say be yourself as CGI has a real focus on the environment that work in and making sure that everyone is comfortable working amongst each other. Finally I would say good luck.
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