My key function was to assist in the protection of SAP's intellectual property rights by managing the customer's license rights and reviewing contracts. I analysed software license agreements, providing high-level legal and commercial analysis on clauses of interest, to establish a customer’s license position and SAP’s negotiating position.
Reviewing SAP’s indirect license agreements.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my work placement a lot! SAP is the type of company where there are multiple opportunities to extend yourself beyond your role, to engage in CSR, fund raising and sometimes even international travel. Some roles or departments can be a little drier than others but its a fantastic opportunity to see what kind of career you want for yourself. I would highly recommend.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt extremely valued. I think the emphasis is really on getting back what you put in, If you show that you are determined, passionate, proactive and great with people - everyone is willing to take the time out (when they can) for whatever you need. Its all about building relationships and aligning yourself with a mentor.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
It really depends from role to role and the level of management you are working with. My team consisted of two directors and myself so there was a lot of independent working that I initially didn't really know how to deal with. But as soon as I started being more proactive and communicating my thoughts and concerns I found there was a lot more support if I needed it. if not, there is always someone outside of your team willing to help.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Business largely varies depending on the time of the year and department. The business runs in quarters which means at the end of each third month if you are part of a revenue generating department, you may be doing a little overtime (don't worry - there's lots of remuneration for this). Otherwise, in my role - I was as busy as I wanted to be.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given quite a considerable amount of responsibility. It can be a little scary once people begin to trust you but you get more comfortable with it as time goes on. If you feel you're not its the type of place where you can get involved with other things - or just ask.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think I learnt a lot of valuable life skills in my role. Not only about how to conduct yourself in the professional environment, how to be proactive or more technical skills like excel or document review. I think I'm a lot better at networking because of my role.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere is innovative, open and makes it a fun place to work. Its an open plan office so everyone from interns to top level management are accessible. The whole office is colourful, now has a gym downstairs and little meeting rooms where you can draw on the walls so it all ads to this fun, techy kind of atmosphere.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I think it was organised very well, it was largely facilitated by interns too and I felt welcome from my assessment centre - all the way to my onboarding. There is always someone on hand if you have questions and if they don't know - they can point you in the right direction.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I would say the firm invested very well - there are online training portals that you undertake when you join just so you know the basics, legal, safety and compliance rules. Generally, management are usually willing to invest in whatever will benefit the department as long as the budget is there. As an intern I got to travel to Germany for a week for our department's annual conference - so I'd say they can be quite generous. Especially when they know they will get something back.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Not as appealing for anyone considering careers outside of HR, Sales or Marketing. But I think they're working on it - so watch this space! they should definitely open up one graduate seat for all the interns available - I think this would make them a more attractive graduate employer than their competitors as returning opportunities is where they're really lacking.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
100%, the whole intern intake are like one big family and there are multliple opportunities to work with different people on different projects throughout the year so you get to encounter everyone. Socials differ from department to department but theres always an opportunity for everyone to get together if they want to.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Very expensive, its greater London and the surrounding areas are Twickenham and Richmond so it can get a bit pricey. But it makes for fun activities on the weekend and getting an opportunity to really enjoy the city as you're nearby it, if you haven't before.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Its near london - so the nightlife can be pretty great if you want it to be.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were so many opportunities provided by the business, such as offsites, conferences, CSR activities and fund raising activities, especially if you work in the Feltham office. Its just about getting yourself stuck in!