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  1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  2. I have thoroughly enjoyed my placement here at IBM. It has given me invaluable work-place experience, as well as developing my skills in a business environment.

    There were times when I felt like I did not have much to do, or was not contributing much to the team, but as a whole the placement year has been very enjoyable.


  3. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  4. This varies dependent on the colleague. With some I have clicked more naturally and have become very good friends. When this happens it can be very beneficial as you work well together.

    With others it can be tough to approach them when you need help or when you are trying to get their input for a task.


  5. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  6. The initial support and guidance I had from my supervisor was faultless. They were always happy to give me more tasks when I asked and were really invested in my growth and development.

    My new supervisor fell short of this standard, and my development stalled as I felt that there was not much work they would trust me with doing.


  7. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  8. My role is very reactive, so it is hard to gauge how busy I am on a daily basis. Some days could be non-stop, requiring me to work later hours and to tight deadlines.
    Other days I would need to be able to take some time for self-learning or less urgent tasks.

    The fluidity of this has both positives and negatives to it.


  9. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  10. From early on I demonstrated capability and a willingness to learn, and so responsibility gradually came my way. At first most of my work would need to be verified by one of the more senior colleagues, but today I am relied on for the main bulk of pricing which is a huge responsibility.


  11. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  12. Unfortunately my technical degree is not relevant to the placement, and so this year has done little to help my studies. However, the skills such as time management and working to deadlines will come in handy, and the other skills I have developed are likely to help when it comes to graduate jobs.


  13. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  14. It was a typical office environment. Busier at the start of the week, but it is very common for people to work from home towards the end.
    The atmosphere largely depends on the people. It's an open plan office with flexible (hot) desks, so if you get on well with your team it can be a very enjoyable environment.


  15. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  16. Since it was a big company, I found that the set-up was a little over complicated or unclear. It was very difficult to find out information about my role or where it sat in the company before I started and I was also unsure of what to expect from the year.

    Regarding my role, this was well organised by my original supervisor, but this soon deteriorated also.


  17. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  18. There are plenty of resources online that the company encourage you to do but in reality they aren't particularly useful or relevant.

    Personally I don't feel like the company invested much in me, maybe because I am only here for a year but it is also difficult when it is such a large company.


  19. What were the perks on your work placement?
  20. Flexi Time

    Sports and Social Club

    Working from home


  21. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  22. Having spoken to a wide variety of people at different levels of the company, there seems to be many opportunities for future employment.

    A few roles in particular have appealed to me and so I will most likely apply to the graduate scheme. I am not 100% sure on the career paths after the graduate scheme.


  23. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  24. There is a large placement student/intern/apprentice cohort in the Southbank office, with many going out for drinks each week. As with London, there is a lot to do and it is very lively!

    Some teams also have regular socials and events, but this depends on the people in your team.


  25. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  26. As expected from central London, the cost of living is very high. Most placement students lived further out and commute in, and being able to work from home means that you don't have to commute in 5 days a week.

    Socialising is also expensive, but there are plenty of places nearby that offer discounts and deals for IBM workers.


  27. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  28. Central London has a very vibrant nightlife, there's something for everyone.


  29. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  30. There are many opportunities to get involved with other activities. There are various BRGs (Business Resource Groups), such as Connecting Women, BAME, LGBT Community. These groups allow you to expand your network and get involved with various events throughout the year.

    There is also the IBM Capital Club, with activities like Netball, Squash as well as offering discounts on theatre tickets etc.


  31. In addition to these questions, is there any extra information you would like to leave about your experiences on your work placement that other students may be interested in?

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Financial Management

Central London and City

23rd May 2019

£18,000 - £19,999

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