1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I could not have anticipated the huge opportunities available to you as an Intern in SAP. I am elated to be part of a company who not only values the development of their Early Talent, but also work tirelessly to ensure they have a fun, and full experience throughout the year.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Within only a few weeks within the firm, I felt at home and valued within the HR department in SAP. The responsibility entrusted to me and the support offered made me feel as though I was capable to stepping out of my comfort zone and achieve more than I ever believe I was capable of. My team have always been extremely inclusive and I have never felt like the 'intern'- that word doesn't really apply at SAP.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The support offered by not only my line manager, HRD for SAP UKI and my team was full. I had an official buddy and a large group of colleagues which made me comforted that guidance was always there when I needed and I was always encouraged to ask as many questions as I could think of.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Very. There was never a dull moment and on days where I didn't have emails flying at me, the team would be in the same boat and the department would relax together.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Although I was given more responsibility than I anticipated at the start of my Internship I was excited when I found this to be the case. In no time at all I felt like an important and valued member of the team with some expertise specific to my role that I was relied on for. This responsibility also grew as my experience grew. I was entrusted with more and more as the year went on and I felt that the nature of this growth was the main reason for my continued development throughout the year and why I believe SAP is a fantastic place to gain industry experience.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My studies were much more relatable to life in business than I first imagines. Particular within HR, I could often see cases where some of the studies I had learnt about, such a Maslow's hierarchy of needs, were applicable even in day to day life. As I take this experience back to Uni for my fourth year, I believe it will be an invaluable insight into the application of my studies going forward.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Open office with modern décor. Relaxed, focused atmosphere where people at any level of management is approachable.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well organised. As part of my Internship I was offered the lead on hiring the new years Interns into the UKI which was a great experience and a brilliant opportunity to develop leadership skills within a team and project management of a large operation.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Extremely. Although I was never interested in the IT industry prior to starting with SAP, during my time here and seeing the rate of growth within the industry and the level of innovation across the market I have been convinced of the opportunities within this market
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Extremely good. With 45 other Interns at SAP, I have made best friends for life.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Feltham is not too expensive however going into London often can rack up
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, CSR and Sport Clubs are a regular occurrence.