Global Strategy and Market Development at IBM

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
Southbank Central London and City
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£16,000 - £17,999

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The Role



The Role

Role Description

Internal communications globally

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I have very much enjoyed the variety of work I have been able to participate in during my internship. The people I have been surrounded have been supportive and played an integral role in helping me to develop my skill set. I feel I have gained a good insight into the sort of job I would like to pursue post-university and am very much looking forward to the futute.


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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

Through people asking me to join them on projects and doing tasks outside my role, highlighted to me that my colleagues trusted me and valued my input. Whether that be in front of clients or internal events. This led me to feel fully comfortable in my work environment and also in the work I was producing.


3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

Something that positively impacted my growth was that I was in a team, and we sat together in the office every day alongside my manager. There was constant support from my manager, with whom we had regular meetings, as well as other members of the team who guided and supported me through my role.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I always had tasks to do. If there were days when I didn't have as much to do, I asked and was given jobs, so I was never doing nothing.

I kept myself busy by doing extra giveback and seeking out client experience as well which meant I always had something to focus on.


5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I was responsible for leading the production of the global newsletter. This meant reaching out to people in our studios across the world for content. As well as producing own content. I was also able to connect with people from a variety of job roles e.g. grads to partners and execs.


6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

It has improved my ability to organise in advance, understand the best people and means to connect with them.

On a more technical level, I have developed my copywriting skills in producing written content for the newsletter.

Alongside this my ability to communicate effectively and be decisive and focus on what is most important and will add the most value in my work.


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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Great, everyone friendly and very interested in getting to know you both professionally and socially.


8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

Well organised as has daily tasks to be getting involved in. Didn't feel as though things were out of control.


9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

Great, was able to attend the training, learning how to become a more T-shaped professional.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Company Parties/Events
  • Working from home

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

very appealing, I have been able to apply back as a graduate earlier.



12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Yes, interns organised their own events (company didn't organise)


13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Very expensive. Living in London and not being much in comparison to other employers meant I had to choose carefully what events to attend.


14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

very good, being on Southbank meant there were many options.


15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

yes I actively joined sports teams outside of the office


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