1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
In my role I was trusted with important responsibilities from day one. I was assigned to testing and after a short time working with others I was then trusted on my own and given space to specialise and grow in certain areas and become a subject matter expert in my own right.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
My main focus over the last two years has been around test automation. As well as gaining an ISTQB qualification in testing which is recognised the world over, I have also won internal awards for my test automation packages.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Although sometimes stressful, as a lot of rewarding jobs inevitably are. I generally enjoy the culture and atmosphere here and get on well with my team and with others.
4. How valued do you feel by Capgemini?
I have won multiple awards and received great feedback from managers when I have achieved beyond what is expected of me. I feel useful in projects and am often approached to provide help and guidance on a range of subjects.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The classroom section of our course was very well structured, however once we moved into the work place it became a bit more chaotic. A lack of communication at times left me feeling frustrated.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My second assessor I found very helpful, and spoke to her at length about my career and what my future plans were. She was easy to contact and helped me through the process of finishing up my work.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The employer assigned time codes and allowed me time to complete my apprenticeship work. Outside of that though I felt that the company didn't see me as an "apprentice" but rather as a member of the team. I prefered to be treated this way as I felt much more included.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
As a single person living alone the salary doesn't stretch very far, I have to be careful with my money and budget accordingly. That said I do recognise that compared to other apprenticeships the salary offered here is reasonable.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Early on in my career I got involved in some volunteer work that led to the company winning and award for help in the community. I got to attend an awards ceremony at Edgbaston.
9. Would you recommend Capgemini to a friend?
Capgemini is a great introduction to working in a corporate environment on high profile accounts. It is a good experience of working on a scale that you would never be able to achieve at an SME.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Capgemini?
Be realistic with your expectatons when you start. You wont be earning £50,000 a year in 3 years and there is a steep learning curve. That said if you are willing to work hard and listen to and benefit from the experience of others then you will succeed at Capgemini.
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