From musical theatre to technical professional: Welcome to the TDP

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Jack is an Analyst within the Technical Practice, and part of Nationwide’s growing ‘Technology Development Programme’ or TDP. The TDP helps employees transition into a Technical role at Nationwide, whilst providing the freedom to try out a variety of areas within our expanding IT division.

I left University in 2012, and at the time I was completely unsure about what I wanted to do with my career. I decided to join Nationwide the following year. When I first started, I was working in reporting for the call centre, before moving into Customer Outcome Assessment within Distribution, Governance, Risk & Control.

In my previous role as an Outcome Assessor I was continually looking to expand my technical skillset as part of my own development. My manager at the time knew my longer term career objectives, so she forwarded me a link to the Technology Development Programme as soon as she spotted it on our careers site.
After I’d read about the programme I knew it was what I was looking for and I had to apply.

“ I’d been saving for a while, but the boost in salary when I joined the TDP helped me secure a mortgage on my house and I’ll be moving in soon! ”

For me the best thing about being part of the Technology Development Programme is that you learn something new every day.

I work in the Enterprise Middleware Development Centre and seeing how all of the front-end and back-end systems link up to one another (to ensure that things like the Online Bank and Apple Pay work properly) is incredibly interesting. One of the biggest misconceptions about what I do know as an Analyst is that you need to have a technical background to even be considered: it’s not true.

“ I graduated from University with a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Education Studies & Drama Studies (musical theatre), so don’t back away from applying if you don’t think you have a relevant educational background. ”

Now I’m on the scheme my short-term to mid-term goal is to complete the TDP and gain as much insight from it as I can.

I haven’t looked far enough ahead to consider my long term objectives, but the TDP gives me a chance to try out a few things while I decide.

People sometimes assume working at Nationwide is boring and just like any other financial. Since joining the TDP I’ve had the opportunity to see some pretty remarkable things that Nationwide have in the delivery pipeline. I also think the culture is fundamentally different than a traditional bank. Nationwide has its PRIDE values, and believe me when I say that it upholds these values every minute it operates.

“ I graduated from University with a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Education Studies & Drama Studies (musical theatre), so don’t back away from applying if you don’t think you have a relevant educational background. ”

It’s made it so much more than just coming into an office from 9am-5pm; myself and a group of 10 others in my department took part in a Tough Mudder obstacle course which was a massive laugh (especially when having to hoist your manager who didn’t train over a 12 ft wall).

To anyone new joining the programme, I can’t stress enough the need to ask for help if you need it. When I first joined I found myself not asking for help for fear of it somehow having a negative impact on me: that really isn’t the case, and everyone you’ll work with are approachable and happy to help. After all, that’s why the TDP was set up!

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If you're interested in applying, take a look at our TDP page.

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