GM Ireland’s apprentice programme really interested me. I felt that it was important to have initial support and mentoring to get me going in a workplace. For my surprise it was lot more than that. Their 8-week compulsive training got me Industry ready. I started out as an apprentice during the last semester of my master’s where I was still doing my thesis. There was a lot a support there like leaves and work from home etc. Besides being an International student the process of transitioning from student visa to work visa was all taken care off. I always felt welcomed.
How did you get here?
GM’s global market presence was a major pull for me. The success stories of the employees in GM and work culture as heard from my network, made me feel it all worth it. Also, the fact that my MSc course work was a stepping stone for me to understand the innovation and GM’s direction towards “Zero emission Zero crash and Zero congestion”.
What do you do on a daily basis?
My typical day starts of by outlining my tasks and collaborating with my team to understand what the road blockers are and how we can solve them in the development phase. We follow the scrum framework and since GM has global presence, we have a lot of meetings to collaborate with teams across the globe. Apart from that I am part of the charity committee at limerick site. So, we come up with fundraise strategy and conduct events as part of giving back to the society.
- Arpitha Arumugam
- MSc in Information Systems
- University College Dublin (graduated in 2018)