1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my year at IBM to a great extent because of my level of responsibility and autonomy, the experience of working in London and the support I received in both a professional and a personal capacity from my line managers. The flexibility to work from home was very convenient.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
This varied between colleagues as some were very supportive, and went out of their way to coach and support me. Whereas some colleagues were a bit distant. The ones who were distant are people I rarely worked with and this was purely because of the companies size and the teams.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The support from my Brand Leader was superb, whether it's personal or professional. I received guidance from the management team and the wider IBM when I requested it, which was a brilliant aspect of my year, be it help or advice. Then the support from my Early Professional Manager was good.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The degree to which you're busy as an Intern at IBM is entirely down to you and the brand you are in. As some brands that are involved in sales will have a high workload a the end of the month and quarter, compared to the start of the month.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given the right level of responsibility during the most part of the year. The level of responsibility I had increased further into my placement. The more comfortable I was with my current responsibility meant I had the room to ask for more. Most times it is up to you to discuss this with your manager.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I've developed will help me in workplaces of the future. These include industry knowledge and IBM Badges. However, I'm not sure how these skills will be useful in my degree studies, as I was in pure business role and I am doing a combined honours of Comp Science and Business.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was alright, as most people in the department work from home on most days or travelling to client site. Therefore, it can be quite dead at times in the area. This doesn't mean you have to stay there, you can go to other parts of IBM office and work from there.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was quite good, as you were not completely tied down to your role. You are given opportunity for self development. As long as you are good at your core role, then you can invest your spare time for learning or working in other parts giving you the opportunity to explore potential future paths.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
If I wanted to complete any training or personal development, it was available. If it was not available, I would be given instruction on process to attaining that training or qualification, as long as it was relevant to your work. They normally encourage you to spend time for self development.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The intern to grad scheme is really appealing. The Security Consultant role looks particularly good, I would also like to end up in Security and IBM but I can see myself at IBM as a graduate and for a lengthy period in the future. It's a brilliant opportunity to start my career.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Some, as people normally went down to the pub on Thursday afternoon. There were party events as well.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I travelled from home, so it wasn't bad as someone living in London. London prices can be extortionate with t your left over wages after paying rent and bills.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Never really went, as I travelled.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
It is London, so there were plenty of things to do.