Degree/university: BA in Business IT from Coventry University, MSc IT Management Coventry University
Year of graduation: 2005; 2006
Occupation: Business analyst at Logica
What do you do in your job?
I work on the business development side of a project first, then help on the application and delivery side. The latter are technically-based and there is lots of testing. We create loads of systems for clients. I work in the government sector and have been working on a project for Ofsted. As well as working in Logica’s offices, I have been dealing with clients in London and Bristol. There is lots of chance to travel and that is one of the things that drew me to this company.
What was your motivation in applying?
The flexibility – in addition to the salary there are a lot of benefits, such as a "share a car scheme", and if a project is away from your base office the company will cover those costs. Sometimes you have the option to work from home if you can’t make it in. The more you learn and the more experience you get the higher the salary goes. I work seven-and-a-half hours a day; if you work extra hours overtime can be paid. It is a good company to work for; there are great learning and development courses.
What did the application process involve?
You apply online – it is quite a lengthy form. There is a phone interview followed by an assessment day in London, which includes a one-to-one interview, group exercise, a case study, and psychometric tests. Graduates are invited to ask questions about the company and its social activities. You are also invited to a re-attend day, where you get more information about Logica and can ask as many questions as you want.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I like the fact you meet lots of people – but it can be hard to remember everyone’s names! You meet people all the way up to senior level down to graduates. We try to network and have Grip (Graduate IP) events, where you meet other graduates within the company.
Most challenging part of your job?
If you want to do something there’s a certain way of doing it, for example for bid work, you have to document certain things. It’s all online, but it takes a bit of getting used it. Also the timesheet’s a bit annoying too, but you have to do it to get paid!
Advice to readers considering a career in your field:
Investigate different companies. They all have different ways of doing things. One IT company might be right for you. For example Logica is flexible; others might pay more but you have to work longer hours, or they only have offices in certain parts of the UK. Apply to as many as you want to and go to assessment days. Don’t rule out companies just because one person said something bad about them – the company might not be right for them, but it could be for you.