“The apprenticeship has benefitted me so far because I am able to gain much-needed skills from both experience at work and through studies.”

Your current role at CGI: role name and overview. What does this job entail (eg. what do you typically do day-to-day).

I am currently a Junior Test Analyst on the Smart Metering Programme in Reading. It’s a really large project with so much to learn, it is challenging but it’s a great project to start on! Day-to-day activities involves a morning stand-up with the team to clarify what the objectives of the day are; executing test scripts to determine passes or fails; investigating defects and following them through until they have been fixed and need retesting.

What you enjoy most about working for CGI (eg. culture, benefits, SSC, variety of work, networking, work available etc).

There is so much to learn on my project. Software testing never appealed to me before, but I am really enjoying it! I’m not sure what I want to do yet, but I know there is plenty of time to move around and get a good idea of what I want to do in the long-term.

Your top tip for someone considering the CGI and the apprenticeship

My tip would be to prepare to work hard and be dedicated. When I first started, I felt overwhelmed with having to balance University, work and everything else I had going on! I did start to adjust and now find I am quite organised in balancing all my responsibilities.

Why you chose an apprenticeship over university?

I have always valued experience, knowing that it can be hard to find a position after you graduate. I know that with years of experience, it puts you ahead of those who have been to University and not had any exposure to the world of work. At the same time, you’re earning, gaining crucial experience and getting your degree, so it seemed like the best option when leaving school.

How an apprenticeship has benefitted you?

It’s benefitted me so far because I am able to gain much-needed skills from both experience at work and through studies, applying these to both CGI and University. I’ve also been able to meet new people and experience what working in the corporate and IT world is like at a much earlier stage.

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