1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have loved my 13 months at SAP. I have been involved in so many exciting opportunities including working with Conversational AI, the Princes Trust Challenge and attending the Women in Tech Conference 2019. I have been able to explore my strengths and weaknesses over the past year and really explore future career paths in technology.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Since the minute I joined SAP i have felt valued by my colleagues. A lot of my friends who went on placement have said they feel like they have not been treated as a regular employee. This is definitely not my experience at SAP. My team have been amazing this year and I cannot thank them enough for the opportunities I have had.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I have had two managers over my placement year. My first manager was based in the same office as me so I feel like I had amazing exposure to them and was able to learn a lot. My second manager was based in the US so i have only met them once. This was
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
At SAP there is not babying culture. It is your responsibility to go out and find opportunities within the business to get involved with. Personally, I have done this within my own team and been involved in wider projects. This has meant I have always been able to fill my days with exciting tasks and have never been struggling with finding things to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I have been given the same responsibilities as a full time employee at SAP. I think this is the way we learn so much over 13 months. We are mentored and monitored like interns but given access to the same opportunities and connections across the business as any full time employee.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have learnt so much over my time here. I have learnt how to create Conversational Bots, improved all Microsoft Office skills, learnt time management techniques, began to understand office politics. All of these skills I will use moving forward in to my last year at university and my career after.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I am on the first floor of the office which is the global floor. This is a lot quieter than the second floor. The atmosphere is very laid back where I was sitting however I know a lot of the sales interns on the second floor would say it was different at quarter end!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The onboarding was tough initially with a lot of talks about the business. This was insightful but intense when you are just entering a business from university. This has been much better structured for this years interns. Throughout the year the programme co-ordinator Lindsey has been an amazing source of support for all of the interns.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I have been to Walldorf and attended the SAP Conversational AI training. This was the best week learning about exciting technologies. I have also done a lot of learning via the online portal and attended onsite training at CHP including in the legal department. I also attended the Women in Tech Conference 2019.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would love to come back to SAP after university. I feel the opportunities are slightly limited if you are not in a sales or presales role. However, I have been offered an extension with my current team until September which is amazing and I am so grateful for this chance learn more.
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?
I lived at home on my placement year so did not have to pay London prices for rent. However, I did spend quite a lot in petrol and my commute was over 2 hours per day which took some getting used too. The cost of socialising in London is not cheap.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Personally I didn't participate in any of the sporting events but i know a lot of the interns went to Germany for the SAP football world cup. There is also the opportunity to get involved with charity work including the Princes Trust and Action for Children which I have taken part in this year.