IBM iX Studio Co-ordinator at IBM

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Greater London Central London and City
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Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
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7.7/10

The Role
8.3
Organisation
7.4

Socialising

7.0

The Role

Role Description

As the Studio Co-ordinator, I manage resources for client projects, as well as inventory, stock, and technical support for the whole studio. I am responsible for resourcing the contractors that support iX with various ongoing projects, this involves onboarding contractors from an external site called YunoJuno, where new project briefs are posted if none of the current contractors are available for a role. I then forward a list of contractors to the iX Creative Director or Technical Director for them to be shortlisted, before transferring the remaining candidates to the project manager for their decision whether to hire. Following this I initiate the onboarding process by sending an email to India, and organise an IBM badge and laptop for the contractor when they arrive. I record all the onboarded contractors on a spreadsheet, detailing their current projects and availability. Additionally, I accept their timesheets on Experis and record their hours on ILC, clarifying the various codes from each project to ensure that their time is being billed correctly.

I am also responsible for booking rooms for client meetings and workshops around the studio, ensuring appropriate equipment and stationery is easily accessible. I have complied an inventory so that stock levels can be maintained efficiently, this information was previously unavailable. I also perform many daily ad-hoc duties to solve queries and problems around the studio.

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

I thoroughly enjoyed my placement at IBM iX in Southbank, London. It was a fantastic experience as I was able to develop many of my skills, and given the opportunity to work with many clients, meeting new great people along the way. The work culture in iX is fantastic and would recommend.

9/10

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

I felt very valued by all of my collegues. My managers gave me the freedom to work on tasks on my own, while still being there if I needed support. Many people came to me for help as that was part of my role, and my input was always valued.

9/10

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

The level of support and guidance was very good. Eventhough the majority of tasks I would complete on my own, my managers would always be there if I had any problems. Additionally, in the first 3 months, the support was fantastic and enabled me to settle into my role seemlessly.

8/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was relatively busy on a day to day basis. I had days where I would be completely booked, and others where I would have a bit more free time. However, this gave me the opportunity to try new things outside of my job role which I valued very highly.

7/10

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

I was given a lot of responsibility over my placement year. I was allowed to complete tasks on my own, and able to speak to new people to pick up additional tasks. I had monthly meetings with my managers to make sure I was doing everything correctly, but they were always on hand if I needed anything.

8/10

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

The skills I have built upon and new skills I have learnt will be essential in my future degree studies. My presentation skills have improved massively due to the amount of presentations I have given to people on placement, as well as general organisation and time management which will help in my studies.

9/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The culture in the IBM iX Studio is fantastic! It has a very relaxed atmosphere where you can wear t-shirt, jeans and trainers to work, which has helped me become the best I can be. The atmosphere makes it easy to approach anyone, which I have found to be very important!

10/10

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

At the start, the handover was a bit rushed and the actual IBM induction had nothing to do with iX - the department I was going into, but after that, it has been very organised. This has been fed back to the relevant people and is due to change this year to make it better.

7/10

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

Personal training and development has been key during placement year. You can have time dedicated to yourself every week to be able to train and develop skills. IBM also provide 'YourLearning' where you can take calsses and workshops to receive badges, which show off the new training and skills you have earned.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Sports and Social Club
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Working from home
7/10

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

This is very appealing within IBM as they offer a Consulting by Degrees (CbD) programme, which is their graduate scheme. This gives you support for the first two years, where you will have a CbD manager aswell as your day to day manager, where they can help out with promotions and joining new roles.

5/10

Social

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

The social side of IBM is fantastic, in Southbank there are roughly around 100 interns and many social events which means there are plenty of opportunities to network and make friends. In iX, we also had our own social events every month which helped us get to know eachother and make new friends.

9/10

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

5/10

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

I was lucky enough to work in Southbank, London. This is central London so the night life was amazing. There is always something to do on every night of the week. Also, on the first Wednesday of every month, IBM GBS open up a free bar after work, which was a great addition.

9/10

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

5/10

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