1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As a business analyst by job involves carrying out research into different tools to increase project efficiency; I put the research into a document for my manager to read. I also learn Java which is required on many projects within the IT industry.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many skills throughout my academic and professional studies such as Java, documentation, backing up documents with evidence through the use of Harvard Referencing. Other life skills which could not be learnt at university are client facing, answering phones and writing emails in a professional manner.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
So far I have enjoyed my experience at CGI and university. CGI offers social activities to get involved in such as football and badminton. The people within CGI are friendly and on my first day I was assigned a buddy for the week to show me around and helped me to fit in. I have made many friends both on the university course and within my project team. The programme has developed my confidence to communicate well with others and there is a strong support network within CGI to help and learn from each other.
4. How valued do you feel by CGI?
I receive regular feedback from my managers to help guide me and find a role suited to my strengths. My manager has been very supportive when setting me tasks to develop my skills as a business analyst.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Although the managers and my project team have been very supportive I would like to receive more training on Java programming languages from the academic/university side of the course so that I can get more involved in the technical side of the project. The programme has been well organised but being on the technical stream I would expect more training on programming language rather than just being taught the bare basics of Java.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I go to university on a weekly basis and the tutors provide support and guidance on areas I need help with. The university tutors understand we are working during the week so make sure that we understand the module fully and there are resources at the university to help us complete university assignments.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I meet with my mentor on a weekly basis who is there to help me organise my time to meet academic and professional project deadlines. I can email my manager if I have further questions or need advice about direction within a project or task that I have been set. The HR department have been very helpful and reply quickly to emails. Overall, CGI have been very supportive.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is good considering we are undergraduates. However, I am still living at home because if I went out to rent in London near my base office I would struggle to pay for my travel to and from work including food and car bills. But the salary increases over the years on the programme depending on performance.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
CGI send regular emails to help out with events and volunteering for charity fundrasing. There is also a Sports Social club to get involved in which I have been to at lunchtimes but there are clubs after work. Everyone was friendly and supportive. After work I meet up with friends and go to the gym.
9a. Would you recommend CGI to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The people within CGI are very friendly and supportive. The programme is a great path to go down, because I am developing valuable skills which I would not have learnt at university. In addition, CGI offers a long term job offer which would be hard to find had I just gone to university.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to CGI? *
Apply to CGI if you have a passion for the IT industry and want to bring your ideas and technical skills into the business.
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