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  1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  2. I enjoyed the placement as a whole, however I did feel a bit isolated as the site where I worked was a bit far from home to see my family often and was isolated from a lot of events that occured in IBM as the site was in Scotland and most of the events happend in London. I was however able to travel to some of these events in London and gained a lot of experience working in a big company like IBM


  3. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  4. I felt really valued by my colleagues and was given opportunity to be included in every event that happened in the Greenock site. I was able to participate in social events run by the social committee and also business events that were arranged by the site director. I was also a member of a learning guild on site which listened and helped implement ideas on events that could take place on site.


  5. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  6. My manager John was alway checking in with me to see if i needed any help or extra support. I allways felt that if I had any problems I was able to go to him for suggestions on how to approach the problem. He was always very approachable and nice.


  7. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  8. Some days were busier than others, especially midweek afternoons as I had a lot of calls with the american side of the business. Some weeks were also busier than others, typically during quarter end. However, I was able to pick up projects as and when I could handle them so I was never really short of things to do.


  9. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  10. I was given responsibility of some projects on my own to develop and some projects I was more of a team member. I was often involved with the setting up of meetings and following the progress of the solutions. I did help develop analytic solutions for various programmes for the supply chain that will be further developed and added to after I leave for University.


  11. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  12. I believe that the analytical skills I have gained will help me during my research project for my psychology degree as it will help me analyse the data from my participants. The organisation skills I have learned will also help me in university and beyond to better prioritise tasks and learning about the whole business environment will help me later in life if I decide to take an office role.


  13. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  14. The atmosphere in the office was always very welcoming and I never felt I was in the way. They made the first few weeks of my placement easier by always offering to help and making themselves available for shadowing to help me get started on assisting in some of their projects.


  15. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  16. The work placement overall was loosely structured, it encouraged independence by having the responsibility of joining projects and getting work fall upon me. However, I always had a weekly meeting with my manager to talk about what I had accomplished over the week and what route I would be taking next.


  17. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  18. IBM invested alot in my training as they have a whole website dedicated to online learning course where you can earn badges to signify completion of a course. They also had event where you got to practise these skills and develop them further, I was lucky enough to be sent on one of these courses


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

    Company Parties/Events

    Working from home


  21. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  22. At the end of the placement we are given the opportunity to reapply for after our degree is completed, and this will take into account the experience and actions that occured while on placement. It is a perfect step into future prospects as what skills you demonstrated while on placement have already been evaluated in depth.


  23. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  24. There was only one other placement student in my area, we carpooled together but we were vastly different people so we did not go out together a lot. We did go to the cinema and shopping together some times however and we often ate together after work. If there were more placement students there would probably be a better social scene outside of work, inside of work however everyone was friendly and always had time for a quick chat.


  25. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  26. The cost of living was very low compared to other areas of the UK, especially London. I was able to get a flat by myself and build up savings from my paycheck which was very useful as I would be needing these savings down the line when I go back to university


  27. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  28. I am not the type of person to go out in the evening or at weekend so I don't know about the Nightlife. I do not really drink and I did not feel like going out alone mostly so I didn't really care about the clubs and pubs. I was close to Glasgow so I'm sure theres good stuff there


  29. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  30. IBM has a whole website dedicated to give back, which offers lots of opportunities to get involved in charity work outside of your normal role in work. There are also events that you may get sent to as part of your learning. However, as I was based in Scotland there were less opportunities than if I were based in London


  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+)

Computer and Systems Engineering, Mathematics/Statistics


27th May 2019

£14,000 - £15,999

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