1. Please give an overview of what your work experience involved:
It involved a short seminar about M&G's company. It mainly talked about the company's history, what M&G does related to investments, what it would be like to work in M&G as an employee and the skills and qualifications required to get an apprenticeship with the company, explaining each of the steps the candidate will take to earn their place as a part of M&G.
2. What training and skills development did you learn from your work experience?
I learned a lot about how investing works and how many people are needed to work together to have constant control and management over the finances. In my opinion, collaboration is the most important skill to have in the business in order for the outcome to be the most successful.
3. To what extent did you enjoy your work experience?
I really enjoyed the event. I thought it was really informative and the people hosting the event were very friendly. The hospitality was nice too. I have learned a lot and I have taken away a lot from this experience. If there was another event, I would definitely like to attend it.
4. How well organised was your work experience?
The event was pretty well organised. The speakers were mostly clear in their delivery so I could take as many notes as I needed. I did seem to notice that the host was a little bit worried about timekeeping but as she said herself, "we're only human" so we aren't perfect. It was great nonetheless.
5. How much did you learn about the company culture and what it would be like to work there?
I learned a lot about the history of M&G and how it evolved to become the investment business that it is now. I also learned about how collaboration is crucial in this business since pretty much every role of this business is assigned to groups of people. It is clear that working together is the cornerstone to M&G's investment business.
6. How much did your work experience help you in deciding on your future career path?
It certainly helped opening my eyes to the vast amount of options that i have. Apprenticeships seem to be a good alternative from going to university. I feel that you could gain a lot more experience this way by being able to go to work at an earlier age and earn a salary.
7. Were you paid or reimbursed for this experience?
This event was completely free of charge so I was not paid or reimbursed for this experience. I did not need to pay in the first place. Either way, I feel like this event was highly beneficial to me and I was able to learn a lot from the experience.
8. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees?
There were not many opportunities to meet the employees who worked with M&G but there was time towards the end of the seminar where we got to ask questions to the employees. There was even time after the seminar to get to talk to some of the employees to ask more questions if you couldn't ask all of your questions during the seminar.
9a. Would you recommend M&G to a friend?
I think that working in an apprenticeship can be beneficial to them too. By recommending M&G to others, I can share all the information that I have learned by sending them to the source of where I have gathered this information. In case this path is not for me, I can pass on this opportunity to others who may benefit from this more than me.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to M&G?
Do your research! That is the the most critical point to remember. It would be pointless to attempt to work with this company if you do not know anything about it. Another point is to understand the role that you are applying for, making sure that your skills are perfectly fit for the role.