Part of the server sales team, assisting the manager and all the sales guys in order to improve the sales process.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
HPE offers a great work environment, great people who are always supportive and ready to take some of their busy time to mentor you. Did I mention the opportunities to go to great wvents or even customer meetings? Great place to build some good connections and develop yourself further.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Even though i was “just” an intern, my team always wanted to know my opinion and hear my ideas too. Everyone was valued the same way. And if you put in more work, you get even more responsibilities.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Management will not treat you like a little kid, hence they will not keep looking over your shoulders to see what you’re doing and how you’re doing. This is great but it also means the intern has to reach out for help if needed. When this happens, managers and other colleagues were always happy to help.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There were days I was crazy busy and even decided to stay in longer but it got balanced out with days were there was not much going on and I was able to work feom home (eg. Online conferences etc)
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I had a lot of responsibility (which I really appreciate). One example is being handed the responsibility of approving and handling demo loans on country level.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
It helped me a lot to learn about the corporate world, working with a variety of people and understand the different areas of business much better. This will definitely help me a lot in the rest of my studies and later on in life.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was great! You have your freedom to choose how to do your work, when you want to take your breaks and also how many of them. The colleagues were very friendly and helpful and there were plenty of ways to socialize and have fun - sometimes even more eg. Fundraising events.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The best thing in the start is that there is an one-month overlap with the previous interns which gives you the chance to shadow first and then gradually get into the job while the leaving interns are slowly stepping back. Overall, the structure of the placement is presented by HR in the beginning, giving you a nice overview of the year and what can be done.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I had regular training sessions (mostly via a conference call with other offices) in order to learn about the latest updates in regards to my work but also to learn about what’s going on in the company. I was also taken to customer meetings both internal as well as on the field. This is always a great experience.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing! I would love to go back and work at HPE as it is a great company with lots of opportunities and many countries you can be based in. I will definitely look into some options as I’m still in touch with my former managers and colleagues at HPE.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Absolutely! There were regular social events, fundraising events and even fundraising challenges (half Marathon, Palace to Palace, three peaks challenge etc.). Loads of fun with fellow placement students and if real challenges are not for you, there is always the option of playing a bit of ping pong in the breaks.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
No cost for me. I actually lived very close to the office anyway and didn’t have to move. But even for other students that had to nove to the area, it wasn’t really an issue because HPE partnered up with University of Reading in order to accommodate the i terns for at leadt a month until everybody found shared housing etc.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Bracknell itself doesn’t have any clubs, just pubs but Reading, where most interns lived, had several options to go out and have fun and the intern cohort made sure to use that - organized social events in several pubs and clubs in one night with discounts for all interns etc.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was ALWAYS something you could get involved in - bake sales, volunteering at a charity out of office, participating in sports events to raise money for charities and much more. There was really something for everyone. And HPE encourages to get involved by setting volunteering targets that if met, will generate money for the intern ball.