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The Role

Role Description

I worked in a sales team, managing and developing pipeline and facilitating our sales team. I also worked with a Business partner to promote the offering, enabling sellers and marketing the product. I often worked on ad hoc tasks for our team and wider IBM.

  1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  2. I really enjoyed my placement at IBM, and it has well prepared me for working in a professional environment going forward. The scheme is well set up to provide balance between your daily role with the opportunity to do 'giveback'. There is also the chance to explore other roles and find out jobs that suit you best and that you enjoy. In my role I enjoyed the level of responsibility given to me and client interaction that I was able to experience.


  3. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  4. Starting work at IBM with little experience in technology offered a good experience to learn and develop my skills as I integrated into the team. Regular feedback is part of the culture and the managers are focussed on your progression. As part of this I felt valued and the responsibility I was subsequently handed and regular praise from across IBM confirmed this.


  5. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  6. My manager was extremely helpful in introducing me to a new team, taking a hands on management style at first to help me adapt to the work, making sure I was busyand enjoying the work. Then once I was more comfortable I was allowed to be self sustainable, managing tasks on my own and developing my network to find work should I complete my work.


  7. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  8. As is the nature of working in a sales team, the core jobs with the team were quite cyclical, peaking at the end of quarters. It was good to get involved with some live bids to view the complete sales process, and kept me busy through the beginning of the quarter. Outside of this, it is easy to find work and explore different roles should you wish to.


  9. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  10. I was given a lot of responsibility on my placement, working regularly with clients and managing the relationship with a business partner. I was also trusted with key tasks around quarter close, working with management to gain signatures. I had a lot of exposure to management and executives who felt confident giving me jobs, often relying on me solely to complete tasks.


  11. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  12. There is a massive array of learning and education available at IBM but it is up to you to make the most of it. Through my role and commitment to personal development I have widened my skillset significantly, adopting a technical aspect. It has also reinforced my soft skills, transferrable through my studies and beyond. The experience in a professional environment is unparalelled and I would recommend to anyone.


  13. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  14. I worked in the Warwick office which is fairly quiet. We had a small commuity of interns there that were quite close but on a whole the office wasn't that busy. My role allowed for frequent travel to other offices, particularly London, which was much busier and good to expereince a more formal atmosphere.


  15. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  16. The placement was set up really well and it was evident it has been honed over a number of years. The early professional managers provide a loose management style that allow you to experience your role and get the most from your year. The structure of the placement is well planned with regular check ins on progress and development.


  17. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  18. The firm invested in me, sending me to numerous training sessions and working on my skills in the role. I feel as if they are interested in the long term development and that they have offered me a lot throughout my year to gain the skills to thrive in my professional career.


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

    Sports and Social Club

    National Travel

    Company Parties/Events

    Working from home


  21. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  22. With such a large company such as IBM, there is a plethora of opportunities to come back as a graduate and having the chance to preview a lot of the roles this year has enhanced the prospect of me coming back. The longevity of the firm and established success are great incentives to come back, along with an award-winning graduate scheme.


  23. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  24. There was a good social scene amongst the placment students in my location, regularly going for drinks and out to other events together. It was always a welcoming environment when going to other locations, with the placement community there organising events with the highlight being the christmas boat party on the Thames.


  25. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  26. Working in Warwick and living at home meant that my placement year was a very cheap experience but it seemed like an affordable area for those looking to avoid London prices for other students who moved. A nice area meant that some of the socialising options were a little expensive but affordable overall.


  27. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  28. The nightlife in Warwick/Leamington is farily limited but being so close to Birmingham offers a wealth of options there just a short train journey away. There are plenty of events throughout the year both in Birmingham and Leamington which cater for all tastes for you to take advantage of if you wan to.


  29. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  30. There were plentiful opportunties for activities outside of regular work. Lots of these involve travel which can be expensed if not at your base location but it easy to get involved. It is completely optional and can be discussed with your manager as to whether you can attend or even host events.


  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+)

Administration/Secretarial, Business Analytics, Computer Science, Customer Service, E-Business, Information Technology, Legal/Law, Logistics and Operations, Management Consultancy, Market Research, Marketing

West Midlands

28th May 2019

£16,000 - £17,999

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