1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a Junior Project Manager responsible for two workstreams on a healthcare ITO project. I am engaged with the client on a daily basis and have engagement with senior stakeholders both from client-side and internally within my organisation. I attend various meetings and travel approximately 90-120 minutes per day around 3/4 times a week to client site visiting various health providers. I am responsible for project planning, risk management, client engagement, solutioning and other PM activities.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I am studying towards a BA(Hons) degree in business management and a Level 4 Higher IT apprenticeship in parallel. I have been placed on an Emerging Talent programme, selected by a UK VP of my organisation and will be attenting various training courses over the coming months. Work wise, i have developed a wide array of skills including project management methodologies, PMO activites, client engagement, report writing, technical analysis and problem solving amognst other professional skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I do enjoy this programme, especially work-wise. I enjoy the daily challeneges i recieve by working on one of the tougher and more challenging projects within my company and the team work very well together and are full of support, knowing the demands of my studying and working in parallel. I am less fond of university as i learn in a more hands on manner and trying stuff for myself and professional learning but i do enjoy the challenges and some modules.
4. How valued do you feel by CGI?
I do feel valued, i have amazing managers who are very supportive and nominate me for various awards which i have recieved already and have been set up with very good contacts both internally and externally.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It is structured well through its foundation and ongoing support. there is a mentoring system where you are assigned a mentor and but also free to find your own if you wish. There is nececary study support both from unievrsity and at work with colleagues sharing their experinces to support the assignments.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I am very impressed with the support from university as i appreciate the challenges university is and enjoy troubleshooting issues and delving into issues. I was dissatisied with the apprenticeship side of the qualification however due to the approach that was taken by our assessor and not fully understanding our project and university demands when setting work.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
A large amount, both from a corporate level in HR and senior management down to people and line management
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The renumeration package has recently increased which is good. Unitl then it was an issue to break-even at the end of every month but now it is OK.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes there are, there are sports and social clubs at various offices promotion events and activities.
9a. Would you recommend CGI to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I already have done! it is a great place to work with many many routes and opportunities to take and vary your career
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to CGI? *
Take your time to appreciate the demands which will be upon you, it is not an easy programme, doing a full time degree and working at the same time but if you are commited to working hard and getting rewarded then go for it!
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