1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I am a Mobile and Web Application developer. Most of my job was developing applications in different languages with different technologies. This didn't feel like a job but more of a hobby. I had a great team who made the job even more enjoyable even when the work became stressful at times.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues welcomed me into the team with open arms. When I joined the team, the team made me feel welcome and it helped me thrive and be successful. Over the year I have helped my colleagues when they require assistance and that has meant that they value me more as part of the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
At IBM, I have my task manager and an Early Professionals Manager (EPM). My task manager gave me projects that I wanted to take on such as Android Development and Web Application development. My EPM has given me career advice and guidance over my year here at IBM. The support I have received has been really good, when I ask for help, they are willing to help
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I had to deliver projects for various stakeholders, some in the Global team, some being local. I always had work to do, from developing new applications to fixing bugs in old applications. Ranging different platforms, one day I could be developing or fixing bugs on an Android application, or doing the same for Web applications.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given plenty of responsibility thanks to my task manager. I was developing an Android application that would be used by IBM clients. The project was requested by the World Wide team, and I developed the application on my own. Again with Web applications, I was asked to develop an application which would replace a tool that is used by a lot of people in Europe.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I learnt so much from my year at IBM. I have gained skills that will help with my future career. I have developed applications which have to meet IBM security and design standards. I have used new technologies such as Cloudant and Watson Discovery, which involve creating APIs with NodeJS, which I wouldn't have been able to do before my placement.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
My office is a great environment, it wasn't dull and boring. Everyone is friendly and happy to talk. When we needed to work, we can just put our headphones on and listen to music to ensure we don't get distracted. There was appropriate banter in the room and times of seriousness. It was the perfect balance.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was very well organised, I felt like I was an employee joining the team. I was given the support I required as an intern and given tasks as if I was any other employee. I was given chances to do some education to improve my skills. There were checkpoints every three months, to make sure I was doing alright and doing what I wanted.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They invested in an appropriate amount in me since I was here for a year.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?