Watson IoT Workload Manager at IBM

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
Feltham Greater London
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£16,000 - £17,999
Computer and Systems Engineering Customer Service Information Technology

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The Role



The Role

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

My Placement has been the highlight of my degree. Moving to London and being able to work for one of the worlds biggest companies is a life changing opportunity.

I have developed so much professionally and personally, developed a new skill set and made my future career prospects so much brighter.


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

My colleagues and manager valued the work I conducted and often praised me for my tenacity and attention paid to my core role and responsibilities.

My colleagues took time out of their busy schedules to educate me and to assist with my training and to ensure I was having the best possible experience as an intern.


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

Management were keen to ensure I was making ample progress and making the best out of the Placement Year.

However, I feel that more time could have been allotted to 1:1 professional development time with a manager, this would have been beneficial considering this stage of our career is still a learning stage.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

My core role, would leave me with a couple of hours each day spare. But these were not left idly sitting around. There were countless side projects to get involved in.

From organising events, writing reports and yearbooks, to volunteering in schools. My entire time was filled and I was constantly busy throughout my year.


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

I was given a great deal of responsibility in my core role. I was the first line of call for many major clients and had first hand experience dealing with them.

I was given these responsibilities immediately after taking over from the prior intern, and this was a superb way to challenge me and really pusg me out of my comfort zone.


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

I completely diversified my skill set, picking up skills that were not related to my degree at all but which are now a new tool that I can utilise.

My degree skills gave me competence in many areas of my work and allowed me to excel.

I believe the year has vastly increased my future employability.


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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The office was quite quiet and even empty on occasions. However, the other interns at the office became great friends of mine, and we organised plenty of after work activities to get involved in.

The employees that were in the office were always kind and friendly, always ready to provide a helping hand.


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

The Placement was very well setup. There was a very clear roadmap from the induction of the journey that I would take during the year.

I would only liked to have had a greater understanding of the role before my first day, so that I could begin to prepare myself for the work I was going to undertake.


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

Online training, learning sessions, on-site training, professional development, skills boosters; were all a constant theme of my placement year.

The wealth of online training resources was almost overwhelming and gave a superb array of subjects in which to learn and develop new skills.

I attended multiple learning sessions and gained online certifications for a number of subjects.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Working from home

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

You are given a recurring indication throughout the year of your chances to return to the company, and this is results based on your assessments throughout the year.

From the results and feedback I have received, I believe I stand a good chance of securing a graduate role with the company.



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

I lived with two fellow interns and around the corner from a further few interns. We regularly spent time together after work and on weekends, we had loads of fun and became good friends.

There were not a great amount of activities organised by the company, howerver, there was an intern boat party which was a lot of fun.


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

Rent was reasonable as we were near the outskirts of London. However, rent and bills still took around 60% of the Intern monthly wage, so tight budgeting was a necessity. There were plenty of pubs and bars and a decent club near by to go to on weekends or after work.


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


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


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