As National Apprenticeship Week draws to a close, we speak to Manisha Mistry about her experience on the Fujitsu scheme so far.
Name: Manisha Mistry
Most important technology invention of the last 50 years:
The smart phone.
1. How long have you been part of the Fujitsu Apprenticeship Scheme?
Two and half years (Since September 2012)
2. What department do you work in? What does your role entail?
I’m a Project Coordinator in the Central Services department. I work on the Post Office HomePhone & Broadband account.
3. Why did you choose to join an apprenticeship scheme? Why Fujitsu?
I decided to apply for apprenticeships alongside applying to universities when in Sixth Form. I applied to various companies including Marks and Spencer, Tesco and Morrisons.
Despite getting into university, I chose to join the Fujitsu apprentice scheme as I have always wanted to work for a global organisation and felt Fujitsu was right for me.
4. What is a main challenge in finding a job as a UK school-leaver? Do you believe enough advice was given to you when you were searching for a placement?
The main challenge in finding a job as a school leaver is that the advice in colleges or Sixth Form is primarily geared towards helping people get into University. Any information about alternatives, i.e. apprenticeships, was through my own research which wasn’t always easy to find.
I think schools and colleges should provide a variety of options to students regarding their future as it isn’t easy deciding what you want to do at 17-18 years old.
5. What is the major learning from your experience on the scheme so far?
Real life business experience and getting involved in customer and supplier problems. I understood theory from learning Business Studies at A-Level but since working, I have gained greater knowledge and understanding of the actual ‘world of work’.
6. Where would you like to be in five years’ time?
In five years’ time I would like to be in a more managerial position working as a Project Manager or a Service Delivery Manager.
7. Why did you choose a career in IT?
I chose a career in IT as it is an industry which will never end – new technology will always be created, allowing for a greater economy, a cleaner and safer environment, and accessible communications for all.
8. What most excites you about the ICT industry?
The innovative nature of the industry.
9. What piece of advice would you give to someone starting an apprentice scheme?
Take as much as you can from the opportunity and always ask questions. No matter how silly you think your question is, there will always be someone who is happy to help.
10. Please summarise your time as an apprentice in three words.
Opportunities for development.
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