Jennifer Lloyd, Visa, discusses what she’s been up to since joining the Technology apprentice scheme as part of techUK's National Apprenticeship Week 2019 campaign.
What were you doing before you joined Visa?
I was studying for A-levels in English Literature, Photography, a BTEC in Media and a level 3 BTEC in IT. I was interested in attending university to study Technology.
What attracted you to Visa?
My college was a strong advocate for apprentices and at the time I didn’t know that Visa had an apprentice programme. The more I learnt about apprenticeships, the more I wanted to start work and earn money.
I applied for Visa because even from an early age I’ve loved technology. Apparently I use to type words on my dad’s laptop when I was three years old! At school, I was learning code (Java) and I wanted to deepen my knowledge about tech. On the note of family, my sister inspired me to go for the apprenticeship as she has a first class honours degree in Tech.
How did you find the assessment process?
To be honest, the process was long but thorough. The two-day assessment centre was nerve-wracking and was a real test of communication and team work.
What team were you part of during your previous assignment?
In my first six months I worked in Quality Management, specifically working on release management. My manager, was really supportive and the team were welcoming.
What did you find the most challenging?
Getting to grips with the processes and learning all of the related acronyms. There are so many acronyms here!
What are you doing now?
I’m now working in Project Management. I’m getting to know who’s who and the days are really busy! I’m working on maintenance projects as well as the data centre refit.
What do you want to find out more about?
I want to deepen my understanding of Visa’s purpose and how our position as a Fintech will change as different industries grow.
I’m particularly interested in the Innovation Center and the research they are doing, especially around the use of VR. I would also like to find out more about our work in Transit and how we are making payments easier every day for millions of people.
Tell us something about yourself that will surprise us?
Since leaving college, I’ve lost three stone. On being offered a place on the apprenticeship I’ve been much happier and have been walking around a lot more and travelling more around the UK. Being in a happier place has made me a healthier person.
What’s your proudest moment?
Being offered a place on the Visa apprenticeship. My friends and family were surprised and I was shocked! Many of my friends have gone to university and seem to be having fun but a few are jealous that I’m learning and earning at the same time!
Do you support a charity? If so what do you do?
Yes – Cats Protection. I love cats and the charity works to give advice on feline welfare and encourages people to adopt abandoned cats! I make regular donations and will be signing up to Benevity Spark to have them matched!