What you can expect from us
To add value to our business, you need to understand our business - as much of it as possible. Your development programme is designed to build broad, deep knowledge.
Your first two to three years will focus on getting a good balance of business, personal and technical skills. It's a steep learning curve that calls for lots of self-discipline and motivation but we sponsor and support you in full. You’ll experience a variety of different methods of learning such as classroom courses, e-learning and self study supported by online learning tools - each method designed to ensure you are equipped to pass at the first attempt.
You’ll start having frank, open, one-to-one conversations about your development goals early - the first is with your coach during your induction. But you’ll be able to call on a range of key people for guidance, advice and to help you plan ahead. You’ll have a buddy to help you settle in; and a partner or director mentor to boost your understanding of both us and your longer-term opportunities.
We constantly give and get constructive, focused feedback and you will too. We encourage you to sum up your performance first, and then get the views of others. The aim is to help you learn from and build on your experiences. It works both ways, so you’ll regularly give us feedback on the people you work with.
Variety of work
You’ll enjoy it day to day as well as in your ongoing career. You'll work in different teams and offices; experience different clients and types of project; try out new roles and even sample other business areas.
After two years, and regularly after that, we encourage you to broaden and deepen your knowledge even further. You'll look at what you've done to date, think about your next steps and consider taking on a new challenge. You might join a new team, tackle different responsibilities in the same team or relocate. The number of options you'll have will depend on the area and route you first joined. But whatever that is, you’ll learn constantly and enjoys a career that's stimulating, challenging and rewarding.
Like everyone, you’ll have strengths and weaknesses. But if you know what they are, you can build on your strengths and tackle your weaknesses. Through feedback, coaching and formal learning, we help you do both.
What we’ll expect from you
Studying for a professional qualification while holding down a demanding full-time job is tough. But even if you’re not taking exams, you certainly won’t be taking it easy. You’ll need to manage your time so you get the best from your technical, business and personal effectiveness skills training – especially during your initial induction period. This is when you'll be absorbing enormous amounts of information, getting to know us and our culture, and meeting many new people.
You'll be on a steep learning curve. And even though you’ll have the support of other students and experienced tutors, you’ll need to make sure you get through your exams. That means:
Remember - a professional qualification opens up a world of possibilities. So putting the effort in during your initial training is well worth it. When all your hard work pays off, you'll have plenty of time to enjoy yourself.