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"The support I have received from the alumni management team has given me a network id people I can rely on to allow my career to get off to the best possible start."
We interviewed current Alumni Freddie about his thoughts and experiences on the programme.
Where did you study?
University of Bolton
What degree do you have?
What attracted you to the Alumni programme?
The support system – it was important to me that if I had any problems there was someone I could talk to that was on my side. Also, the good progression over the two years, so you’re not feeling like you’re standing still.
What was it about working in Financial Services that appealed to you?
The biggest attraction was that Financial Services is a growth industry again after shrinking following the collapse. I thought it was a good thing to get in at this time whilst the industry is rebuilding, especially in technology.
When did you start?
What’s your job role?
It’s a bit of a mouthful but officially ODC DataFabric Platform Developer
Briefly describe a typical working day.
The first thing I do each day is look over the work from the previous day. Following that we have a daily team meeting, where everyone provides feedback on their work and individual and team objectives for the day are set. The Rest of the day is spend coding and working with colleagues to solve problems.
What has surprised you most about working at a global Investment Bank?
That there is such a good support system. I was worried I’d be left to just get on with my job but I get support from both those in a similar role, but also those in more senior positions too.
What’s been the best bit so far?
The times when I’ve seen true team spirit, especially between the Alumni.
Is the training MThree have provided so far proving useful?
Yes. I came in at the lowest possible level but the training has given me the platform I need to get on.
How are you finding living and working in London?
I grew up in London but working in the City has been great, especially seeing how global businesses work and interact with their employees.
Are you using the gym membership that’s included in the package?
I’ve literally just enrolled!
What are your longer term aspirations at the end of the two years?
I’m not really sure! Although, already I can see the skills that I will perfect over the two years. I know they will hold me in good stead in the future no matter what I do.
What are your colleagues at MThree like?
Supportive, helpful and always on hand when you need them.
Do you see much of the other Alumni?
Yea, quite a lot. We go out for lunch quite a bit and organise occasional drinks.
What advice would you give to other graduates thinking of joining the Alumni programme?
Be open-minded and accept there will be a lot of things you don’t know – but that’s ok as no-one expects you to be an expert. You’ll pick it up in no time though.
Thanks. Before we wrap up, any other comments that you’d like to add?
The programme is a great opportunity to get your foot in the door in a prestigious industry plus you’ll be working with a supportive company.