Nicholas Blackburn

Business Operations Analyst

  • Business Information Systems
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Placement Year (10 Months+)
  • SAP

What made you apply to SAP?

I wanted to apply to SAP because it is a thriving business within the technology industry and it is the market leader within Enterprise Software. Along with my studies it was going to set me up perfectly to head into this particular industry once I graduated. SAP is huge on innovation and working for such an innovative company was what I was looking for. SAP takes your ideas on board, and allows you to be innovative.

“It is a great opportunity to learn how a business runs and also to learn what career you may and may not want to pursue.”

How much responsibility were you given during your placement / internship?

I was given massive amounts of responsibility within my role. Supporting the Managing Director and the Leadership team to run the business is something that I never would have imagined. I have been providing insight for the Board to be able to make decisions and run their business on a day to day basis. During my role I reported to the Managing Director for the UK and also reported to the President of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).

What did you enjoy most about your placement / internship?

During my time there were 28 interns at SAP in the UK; this was a great number as everyone got to know each other. I also loved the responsibility that we all were given. We were treated like full time employees and at times some of us took on the roles of full time employees when they moved on. We were not seen as interns at SAP, we were seen as part of the workforce.

Business Operations Analyst

What is the most valuable lesson you learnt on your placement / internship?

I was able to learn what is available in the industry in terms of careers. I learnt that there are a number of people in similar roles and they all got there via very different routes. This taught me that you are never narrowing your career choices down by following a certain career path; there are transferable skills in all roles that can be used in a number of roles. I also learnt the value of the network you create.

What advice would you give to someone planning their placement / internship?

I would advise people not to give up. It’s hard because you get so many rejections, but you can learn from these and improve going forward. I thought I realised the value of a placement year in industry before I started, but I value it so much more now that I have been through it. It is a great opportunity to learn how a business runs and also to learn what career you may and may not want to pursue.

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