1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at SAP. I have visited many different places and met a variety of different people that I shall remain connected with when I leave. The opportunities I have been exposed to have been great. I would thoroughly recommend taking a placement year at SAP.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I have always felt valued by my colleagues and therefore was given great responsibility. My team and my manager have always valued my opinions in meetings and encouraged my suggestions wherever possible. I was therefore encouraged to push my ideas further and network around the business in a variety of different teams.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager has always been there if I was in need of support however I worked more closely with another member of my team and she was always on hand to help develop me personally as well as professionally. I have been able to go through specific marketing related questions and also CV assistance as well.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
To be honest the work that I did was very much in waves. Some times I would be busy and rushed off my feet with work through a variety of campaigns and some times I would have nothing to do. I would reccommend asking how busy you will be from the off.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility in this role. From the beginning I was treated as a member of the team and not as an intern at all which I thoroughly appreciated and therefore felt confident to execute on tasks well because of the responsibility I have been given.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I study a BA Marketing degree and have taken a Marketing placement at SAP. The two go very much hand in hand and therefore I have been able to put into practice the academic side of marketing and relate it to a real life business. I have been exposed to all sides of marketing.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
General atmosphere in the office was okay. In the head office there is free lunch which is always a bonus when you aren't earning a london salary when living in london. I would thoroughly reccommend that. Sometimes the office can be quiet as there is a work from home culture however it's nice to have all of the other interns around.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I think the placement programme is very well organised there is a steerco committee who are on hand to support and offer a great onboarding programme to help you get ready for work and also throughout the year there are opportunities to learn a variety of skills from sessions that are put on i.e. payroll etc.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
If you have interest in something or want to learn something then there are people on hand who will help you get there and achieve what you want to achieve. I would recommend when you join if you want to achieve something let the team know or your manager and they can make it happen.
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?
Although i have thoroughly enjoyed my time at SAP i feel that there are limited opportunities to return. Unless your team has headcount it is unlikely a return is possible. There is a sales and presales academy that you can apply for but only if you have 2/3 years experience in the field. If you want a job in Marketing it is limited.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Great social scene amongst the interns of course if people want to go out they will etc. and i've found this year group in particular always go and have a good time. I would also recommend setting up nights out/ drinks with team members etc as its a great way to network outside of the office.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Socialising is amazing in central london and outside of the feltham area i.e clapham or richmond NOT feltham. Cost of living again is expensive as we are in London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nightlife isnt great in Feltham ( i dont want to get stabbed) and great in central London.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were lots of opportunities for guys i.e. football team travelled to Germany however there were no other opportunities or I've not been aware of any opportunities however i feel that if you wanted to start a team or anything else you could possibly do so and you would be supported.