Your current role at CGI: role name and overview. What does this job entail?
I’m a Digital Marketing Communications Consultant so on a day-to-day basis I am responsible for the creation, curation, search engine optimisation of content for CGI UK’s social media and website marketing. I’m also involved in digital marketing strategy and channel management for LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. As a member of the Global Marketing team I have opportunities to work on a wide variety of social media campaigns and I work closely with our industry subject matter experts and other departments such as CSR, HR, and Recruitment.
What are your previous roles at CGI
I’ve worked in a variety of roles and locations since I joined CGI in 2017. I started off as a Junior Software Tester in London learning how CGI develop and test software for the Ministry of Justice. Then I worked in Project Management Support for a variety of projects across Reading, London, and Birmingham, helping run the administration, resourcing, and finances of projects with many different focuses from Modernising Central Government, to ensuring GDRP compliance, to Smart Metering Implementation.
What you enjoy most about working for CGI (eg. culture, benefits, SSC, variety of work, networking, work available etc)?
I like the way a career at CGI is not just committing to one job in one industry, you can move between different roles, on different projects, in different locations. In my 3 years at the company I’ve worked on 5 different projects so work is never dull as you can move around and shape your career however you want to.
Your top tip for someone considering CGI and the apprenticeship?
Think about what you want over the next few years and what your priorities are. If you really want the ‘university experience’ of living in halls, going out a lot, and joining societies then an apprenticeship may not be for you. But if you your priority is getting industry recognised qualifications and a head start in our chosen career then a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship may be the better option.
Why you chose an apprenticeship over university?
In year 13 I had no idea what I wanted to do as a career so I didn’t want to commit to a 3 year university course in a random subject! I’d always had an interest in technology and business and I prefer to learn by doing, but I didn’t want to go straight into employment and give up on the idea of getting a degree. So when I found out CGI’s Degree Apprenticeship would allow me to gain valuable on the job training and get a university degree without the student debt I knew I had to apply.
How an apprenticeship has benefitted you?
Earning while I learn has allowed me the financial freedom to save up and buy my own flat before my 21st birthday, something I thought I’d never be able to do! I also have 3 years of experience working in a business environment on a variety of roles which has shown me what I’m capable of and has grown my confidence massively.