Our apprenticeship scheme is structured to help us unearth the best emerging talent across the UK, providing placements across seven different areas of the business. While the first three areas are more generally about the bank’s structure, apprentices get to choose a specialism to focus on for the final four placements, helping them gain a holistic understanding of how the bank operates whilst working towards becoming a specialist at the same time.
Ksenia Primizenkina is undoubtedly one of the scheme’s success stories, so we caught up with her and asked her to share some insight into her journey so far.
It’s great! It’s giving me a fantastic overview of the bank and lots of opportunities to network. So far, I’ve worked in four different areas, including: Mapping, Digital Transformation; Card Portfolio, Fraud Strategy; Supply Chain Finance, Santander Global Corporate; & Open Banking, Data Services. So, my network has grown rapidly! In fact, I’m now in a position to share contacts I’ve made previously when I arrive in a new department, which is great.
Also, I can’t believe how much I’ve learned so far, from the technical skills to the business acumen. I’m really enjoying the technical nature of the scheme and have even had the chance to learn code, specifically Python, and it’s now become part of my day-to-day job. But I have to say that the most rewarding part of the scheme for me is being able to study whilst working; I think it’s invaluable, as I get a degree at the same time as developing a career with a globally recognised bank. Amazing.
Lots! Like producing holistic functional maps that record the relationship between business applications for both Retail and Corporate domains, carrying out some competitor analysis regarding faster payments and ATM limits, helping with identifying MULE and First Party fraud, working alongside agile developers who were building a new platform, learning the basics of Scala, managing stakeholders, reviewing technical specs and loads more. Basically, you’re involved with live projects right from the start, which is brilliant.
After gathering information on the different specialisms (Engineering, Date & Cyber) at the careers day before conducting my own research, I chose Data. I spoke with colleagues who work at various levels in Data within the bank, and felt strongly that given the challenges and opportunities presented, Data will be the most interesting place to be come 2020. Also, based on my skillset, I’m confident that data analysis, transformation and resourcing are areas where I can really flourish.
That’s a difficult one, because there are many to choose from. I love the activities that I’m involved in alongside the scheme, such as being on the Young Apprentice Ambassador Network. And I’ve been nominated for some apprenticeships awards this year, including one for the BPP Apprentice of the Year where I came 2nd in the Level 5+ category, which was very flattering and served as a confidence boost to continue my learning journey with Santander. However, the day-to-day interaction with colleagues from around the organisation has got to be one of my biggest highlights, as it allows me to gain additional knowledge and expertise from those individuals.
That’s easy – just give it a go! It’s an amazing opportunity and you will learn so much in a small amount of time – it’s very rewarding and lots of fun!
I can’t believe how much I’ve learned so far, from the technical skills to the business acumen.
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