1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I work on a project managing the procurement aspects for transition and BAU. I also assist in any project admin tasks. I am responsible for relationships with the third parties and procuring the majority of kit/licences etc to allow the programme to function
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have extensively managed to learn how to use excel and ms project as part of the roles i have undertaken in the organisaiton and have accessed a wide variety of e learning materials on different programmes potentially to be used in the IT industry
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have a good team that i get on well with and are always willing to challenge me and further my development. The university side is quite hard at times but the help of peers is always available as well as tutors where applicable.
4. How valued do you feel by CGI?
Even though you are an undergraduate you are respected by various levels of management who don't treat you any differently and if anything look to you for new ideas and innovations
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The work side is more structured in that it's easy to get down and involved - the university side has changed now and again therefore there have been some issues that were quickly resolved to ensure nothing was effected
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Support is provided where applicable and there is active help from work members as well as university ones to answer any questions
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My managers are all very supportive and understanding of any work loads they also are very keen on ensuring I develop and understand my work tasks
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Living costs are very high in reading and i fortunately live in a shared house so it isn't bad but prospectively i won't be able to afford my own place unless i had a massive increase in my salary. All expenses are paid for work which helps make the money i earn go further because I get to keep it essentially.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There aren't that many events organisation by the company, but amongst our year group we organise activities and socials to make up for missing on the uni social life. There are options to partake in social clubs but you do have to pay to be part of these
9a. Would you recommend CGI to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It's a good opportunity to learn new skills in a short space of time and there are a variety of roles you can get involved in especially if you network with the right people
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to CGI? *
Ensure you know everything about CGI and always be yourself - you have to self yourself and show you are driven and are ready for the challenge this will bring. I would definitely advise it's a shock when you first start as you are in a completely different work environment compared to other jobs, so expect the unexpected
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