The role is based around offering support to the different Alliance Leaders throughout GBS (Global Business Services). IBM have alliances with a number of organisations such as SAP, Oracle and Apple.
The role is very varied, a number of tasks performed in the role are:
- Support and organise events and workshops
- Create blogs and PowerPoint Presentations
- Ensure the work of the Alliance Teams is visible to all of GBS
- Update Wiki Pages and blogs with relevant content
- Support Alliance Leaders
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Very enjoyable work placement, with lots of different responsibilities. Everyday presented a new challenge. Responsible to a number of different managers which kept the work varied. A very good intern community which was excellent for support and social events. Impressed with the amount of responsibility and the feeling of adding value to the business.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Extremely welcoming and always happy to help and offer advice throughout my placement. Everyone is interested in your personal growth and help to get you involved in new and exciting opportunities. Often asked to attend events, training courses to learn skills. Always given work which will add value to the business in one way or another.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
From the first day you are provided with two managers. One who you report to on a day to day basis and another for personal development/wellbeing. Both offer advice and suggest ways to improve personally. I have regular reviews with both managers to keep them updated with my progress. Also receive feedback to help better performance.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Always had something to do. Naturally there were busy and quiet periods. All my managers helped me to find extra work to do if I was very quiet. Provided with lots of different training materials, to learn more about specific topics. Overall workload was fairly consistent and manageable. Consistent 9-5 workday.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Started off with fairly basic tasks, however responsibilities increased as my placement went on. If you can prove that you will get the job done in the timescale, the managers will be happy to get you involved in tasks which require more responsibility. A number of times I have helped with future tasks after good feedback from an original task. Always felt I was adding to the business.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Many of the soft skills I have learnt whilst on placement will help my in my degree and beyond. For example, time management, inter-personal communication, organisation, task management and time keeping. However the technical skills and knowledge I have learnt will not be useful if not working in a technology company.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office was generally quite busy and everyone was friendly. People were more than happy to help if you had an issue. Due to the flexible work patterns, Friday's were very quiet.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was very well organised and set up, all informatiom was communicated in a timely fashion. From the first day everything was planned in advance. All reviews were scheduled in advance to allow time to prepare. Help materials and instruction guides are given and all on a specific site to easily find.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Training courses and workshops were available in abundance to further skills and knowledge. The company as a whole promote the idea of improving yourself.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing future with IBM. Given lots of materials and information on what roles are available to apply back to. A specific careers day was organised for all interns to ask questions and to hear what past graduates have experienced. Interns have a seperate application process. Throughout the placement you are told that if you perform well and impress there is every chance you will be given the chance to come back in a graduate role.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were mulitple social events amongst placement students. There were a range of event including christmas and summer balls.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London in general is very expensive, however if you know the right places it is manageable. A number of pubs/bars offer company discount in the evening. I commuted into London on a daily basis which is expensive but probably cheaper than paying rent and it is something I would definitely consider doing again.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Multiple places to go out, always something to suit everyone!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There is a scheme within IBM called Giveback which gives you the change to volunteer and help out on a project/event which is outside your job role. For example helping out with clients events or assessment centres. There is a dedicated website where the different jobs are advertised, where you can easily sign up of request more information.
There are also a few sports teams such as football which have a match most week. This gives you the chance to talk to collegues who are in a different part of the business to you.