1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
During my time on the programme I was a test analyst, this had no direct link to the work I was studying academically. Initially I was confined to a small team with no further interactions. After this I personally found a new role where I was taken more seriously and given further opportunities.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I learnt new skills in testing methodologies, beyond this I was using skills I had taught myself prior. I was not allowed to do any other formal training while taking part in the programme, it was only after I was able to gain other qualifications
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
It was difficult to enjoy the programme as in most cases there was little support from the programme, it was down to other managers and support mechanisms outside the programme that led to my successful work.
4. How valued do you feel by CGI?
I do not feel valued by CGI as company at all. I feel as though I am taken for granted as a cheap resource that is able to complete work to the same standard as much more expensive resources.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Some aspects of the structure were good, although entire classes of people were ignored over what suited one lecturer. Timetables were changed at very short notice. There were no maintained support systems outside the one day a week on campus.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The university offered good levels of support while you were on site. However this was only for one day a week, particularly as the initial campus (a 20 mile journey for most people) was closed and moved to the main campus (a 40+ mile journey).
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There was very little support from the managers within the programme. Support was provided more effectively by peers and others that were further ahead in the programme.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The whole package was acceptable to maintain a comfortable lifestyle, as I continues to live with my parents. Although the change of university campus did increase the strain on days at university. Since completing the programme the company have failed to remain competitive.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There were lots of events available on an ad hoc basis while the company remained Logica. This reduced in the takeover by CGI, it is now required pay in, in advance before being eligible for events.
9a. Would you recommend CGI to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Having completed the programme, I would recommend going to university privately to gain a degree and do an industrial placement to gain experience. This will provide a better social experience and much less stress.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to CGI? *
Firstly ask any questions you want to know the answer to, you need to interview them as you will be financially tied to the company for a substantial amount of time.
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