What are the Best and Worst things about your job?
Work/Life balance. Flexible working hours help so much in balancing the demands of working life and anything your personal life might have to throw at you. Also helps beat the traffic! This includes while you are out travelling, as travelling allows you to see more places, not just go there for work.
You don't get to choose which rotations you work on in the graduate scheme. There were some departments I enjoyed working with the people in, however the work itself didn't interest me, however each rotation is 10 weeks which flies by, so it's not long before you're in a different department.
What is the annual salary for this role?
Starting salary: £25,000 - £27,000
Current salary: £27,000 - £29,000
What hours do you actually work, on average?
What advice would you give to someone applying to this role?
Understanding what Autodesk does is fundamental; not just because of helping with the interview, but knowing if the job you think you're applying for is the right job for you.
Having an understanding of CAM rather than CAD is useful - even if you haven't used it much before - look at the software we use, how we use it, what is different/unique about each package. Know what NC Code is, what Machine Tools do, and show primarily how are able to not just work in a team, but use self-initiative to work individually on something and create/design/develop something. A lot of the role is being given a task and trusted to get on with it and use your own initiative to carry it out, whilst asking for help where needs be.
Do you have any interview tips?
Be confident, but concise. We do a lot of presentations here and confidence with the ability to articulate yourself clearly and effectively is key. However, too much 'waffle' won't help, and the ability to get your point across effectively is crucial.
Again, understand the role, what we do, what software we use, and what we are doing globally in driving innovation and being at the forefront of technology; at the end of the day if you don't know what we do and who is benefiting from our products, you won't be able to convince us that you can help add to our knowledge base.
Lastly, show you can be a friendly, confident and sociable person, it's good to know someone will not just work well in a team, but also be a pleasure to work with, talk to, and contribute to the social working environment we have here. A lot of the job is making connections and knowing the right people to help you, networking and forming those connections is key to doing this, so show your human side.
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