1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
In my Talent Operations role I work on various projects aimed at improving the culture and engagement of the business as well as other marketing projects. On a day-to-day basis I am involved in a lot of meetings based around this and work on tasks set by smaller projects I'm involved with.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
One of the key skills I have developed on is my leadership skills by taking initiative to lead a task - which is something I am not used to - and thanks to the support of my team, it has really improved my confidence as well. I'm starting to get an overall better understanding of the company too.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I am enjoying everything at the moment, not too much to complain about at the moment. My manager is a great support and he ensures that whatever tasks I do is aligned with my apprenticeship. My mentor is has also been very helpful in walking me through my work plan, assignments and being very accessible for any help I need
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It is very organised. I have catchups twice a week with my manager to go through what I've done throughout the week, and to see how I am doing with my project work for my apprenticeship. My training provider have also been very organised with my progress, booking my webinars and so forth
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a very good amount of support from my employer. The Talent group as a whole are very supportive, from day one they reiterated to me to not be afraid to ask for help when it is needed whether it be for my apprenticeship or my day-to-day duties and they are very flexible to adapt to my needs which is great.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Like I stated before I receive a very good amount of support from both employer and my training provider. They have made it very clear to show me how I can get access to support or for any problems that I may have and the attitude is very positive and encouraging.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
My qualification helps me because right now I am completing all the theoretical pieces of work that gives me better knowledge of, for example, branding marketing strategies and how this is put into practice in one of the projects I am working on at the moment. And as the months go by by assignments will be more evidence/practical based and this will aid me a lot in my future work
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 many professional social events and classes that take place weekly ad is an open invitation for anyone to join in their free time. These include cookery classes, speed networking events, sessions learning more about financial leaders in the industry, investment insight sessions, mentoring and many more. One of the teams I work with also promote training courses for people to do as ongoing development.
9a. Would you recommend Fidelity International to a friend?
It is a great company to work with, they really push their values of team work, respect, integrity and trust throughout the organisation. The employees are also seen as a priority just like their clients which I believe is very important - when there is a healthy work environment it improves staff motivation to do well and achieve company goals and Fidelity makes you feel valued when you do so.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Fidelity International?
The best advice I can give to anyone applying is to just go for it and Think positive! At Fidelity they are always willing to recruit fresh faces with a fresh outlook and generally want to expand and improve their culture and diversity - which is outstanding anyway. As long as you're willing to show your eagerness to learn, grow and reflect their values and goals you're in.