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March 30, 2016
Time to Enter the Real World of Work
By: Amie Napper

After arriving back in London after an incredible whirlwind of fun in Chicago, I headed back up north to sunny Manchester, sad to be parting from the people you’ve pretty much been with 24/7 for the past month. Manchester? Yep, that’s right, I am one of the few and far-between Manchester based Analysts from my start-group, yet to venture down to the big smoke.

Entering the Real World…

Luckily, I managed to land a role straight away after training. On top of this, I was placed in a global retail bank located just 30 minutes down the road from me! The way this works in simple terms, is that you have an assigned Scheduler from the HR team, and they match you up to suitable roles. Things were looking good on paper, but I had no idea what to expect when turning up to the office on the first day. I must admit, it seemed a bit daunting, that you are no longer surrounded by 70 of your peers or the safety net of everything just being ‘role-play’, and you begin to worry about ‘being chucked in at the deep end’. It all becomes very real, and makes you start to draw upon all the skills and lessons you’ve learnt throughout the training.

So, how did it go?

This probably comes as no shock… but it was absolutely fine! Everyone on my project was really nice and welcoming. Everyone on the team wants to do well and for the team’s work to be a success, so they are happy to help you where they can. I was quite fortunate that there is a big group of Analysts on different projects within the client, so there was always plenty of people to meet, go to lunch with and go out for drinks in the evening. The first few days consisted of, as you would expect, sorting out admin tasks to get set up on the client’s systems and laptop and cramming in as much learning about the project as you could– which meant a LOT of reading! This was really important to get a good understanding early on as to what the project is, how it is being run, who everyone is etc. so that when it comes to settling into your role you’ve put yourself in an advantageous position.

What do I actually do?

For me, it took over a month to properly feel like I knew what my role was within the team. In this interim, I was providing support for other Managers’ and Senior Managers’ work in the team. This actually worked out to be pretty beneficial as it gave me the experience of working in different project areas which gave me greater visibility and knowledge in the project, as well as getting to know more people on my team. Following this, I naturally fell into a role within the Customer and Colleague Team. This looks at impacts on customers or colleagues (shock!) from any changes the project is making. I’m really happy with this so far, as I was keen to get involved in business change side of work, so to start off here is great! My role specifically includes managing and policing the governance throughout the project to ensure each change we make meets our client’s change criteria to ensure we achieve successful delivery.

…but enough of that for now, more another time!

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