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Alexander, Engineering, US

Alexander, Engineering, USA



My name is Alexander and I'm an automation technician apprentice working in the engineering department at GSK’s Zebulon site. A key part of my apprenticeship is studying, I'm currently one class short of my Associate's in Industrial Systems Technology. When I finish this semester in two or three weeks, I'll start working towards my Bachelor's. Although it’s a four-year course, my actual classes only last two or three years because I’m working and studying at the same time, so I should be done in 2020.

One of the reasons I joined GSK was the location, as I only live 15 minutes away. Plus, I’ve ended up in engineering, which is exactly what I want to do in my life; helping fix things and improve them and it’s a plus if I get to help people at the end of the day.

I’ve gone into engineering, which is exactly what I wanted to do in my life; helping fix things and improve them. It’s a plus if I get to help people at the end of the day.

Fulfilling bold ambitions

My average day involves going onto the production floor seeing what problems there are and tackling them one at a time. In the past, I managed the production line when a colleague had to go home, which made me feel trusted and an important part of the team.

What I like most about working here

I just really like to fix things. I'm confident enough now to make important decisions; so, if the production line's down, I'll fix it, which is really satisfying. I also like the fact that I get good support from peers and management. If I have any problems, I can go to my supervisor, who is always on the floor with us. The people I work with are always helpful too and will answer every question, no matter how obvious it seems. Everyone’s glad to be here and offer support. They’ve got this sense of fulfilment in their work because they know they’re doing something good for the world. For example, if I fix something and get it up and running again really quickly I’ve helped to produce more products and potentially contributed to saving more people. Everything’s patient focused here.

Looking ahead…

I want to continue to grow at GSK and progress in my career, especially once I get my degree and more experience under my belt.

If you’re thinking about joining the apprenticeship programme at GSK, I would say do it. Everybody here is trying to learn, trying to do better and you can do the same. I think it's a great learning experience, whether you want to go into engineering or another apprenticeship role.