1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a software development apprentice, although I currently work as part of a test team. This mostly involves writing and running test scripts and raising and testing bugs. I work quite closely with the other members of the test team and the development team.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt a lot more about the testing process than I knew previously. I also now have experience in learning a new system and I think I would be able to pick up the next system I have to learn faster.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy my role, it can be repetitive at times but there are also a lot of problems that need solving so everyday can bring a different challenge. I also like the office enviroment as it is very social and a nice place to work that I look forward to coming to.
4. How valued do you feel by CGI?
I think CGI does a good job of making me feel valued, there are several reviews that let me know how im doing. But also I get a lot of feedback from my managers on my work and when I put in extra effort (like working weekends) it doesnt go un-noticed
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Do to my role not being development I dont get to use the skills I learn in training as often as I would like and this can make the training feel a little few and far between. Otherwise however I think it is well set out and gives plenty of time to complete assigned work to a good standard
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Althought it can vary between tutors generally they are very willing to offer extra support and although the admin side can be unorganised at times they usually are quite quick to sort out any problems and answer questions
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There is a lot of support available, I feel comfortable asking any of the people I work with for help with most things and my people manager and career manager check in regularly and are quick to answer any queries I do have
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My living cost are a little higher than I would like making it hard to save, however I do have almost 0 travel costs as I live close enough to the office to be able to walk in. I also expect this to improve in time.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
The office I work in runs a sport and social club which run all kinds of events and activities every week from football to cinema trips. There are also some clubs totally seperate from work that I attend such as a table tennis league and a cricket team.
9a. Would you recommend CGI to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I think CGI is a good place to a start a career in the IT industries and there are a lot of oppurtunities available. One example being the graduate scheme which I intend to take part in.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to CGI? *
When you first start there is a chance you may have to spend some time on the bench while you get assigned to your first project. It's important to be be as proactive as you can to get a project as soon as possible as thats when you learn what its really like to work for CGI and will enjoy yourself a lot more.
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