So we have been on the Technology Scheme now for just over 2 months, and the time really has flown by! Each of us in John Lewis IT are now 3 weeks into their first assignment, in very different areas, but enjoying ourselves equally the same. Oh, and we’ve seen a new Christmas ad hit our screens – I hope you all enjoyed it as much as us!
Anyway… In terms of roles being covered, Technology Graduates are working across a number of teams within JLIT, as Project Coordinators, Business Analysts and Network Analysts. This is a fantastic variety and we are finding every day that we each learn something different from one another. The roles all come with their own challenges too – which is to be expected – but one thing you find on the Technology Scheme is the amazing support network behind you, helping and pushing you to learn and develop constantly. As Kerry’s recent post shows you – http://jlpjobs.com/update-former-grad-now-director/ – even the JLIT leadership team contains talented individuals who themselves started out in the JLP as graduates.
I have personally been allocated one of the Project Coordinator roles, and believe me when I say no two days have been the same so far! The role is fast-paced but really interesting, and covers a large number of bases from financing, resourcing, risks, issues and all the complexities that come with working on large scale IT projects. But what has perhaps been most satisfying about the first three weeks for me, is the opportunity to really get stuck in. If you cast your mind back to ‘Grad Lab’ posts – http://jlpjobs.com/john-lewis-first-weeks-graduate-scheme/ – we are absolutely beginning to put some of those key learns and skills into practice, already showing just how valuable our introduction process has been!
So I on this note I urge you in the next 10 days to get applying for the Technology Scheme before you miss a fantastic opportunity! This could very well be you in 12 months time.
And to finish off, as with my previous post – http://jlpjobs.com/john-lewis-1-month/ – I will leave you with some words of wisdom:
Tip – when it comes to doing online assessments, interviews etc., remember to really immerse yourself into the shoes of what being a John Lewis Partner might mean – understand the Partnership and the area you are passionate about and this will really shine through. But most importantly, just be yourself.
All the best for the coming weeks, and make sure you get your application in and tests done in plenty of time! Good luck