1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have thoroughly enjoyed my placement year in SAP. It has been challenging, yet so incredibly rewarding. I have grown and developed so much in the last 13 months and I have been a part of many amazing opportunities that have helped gain transferable skills, become more confident and improve on my more technical skills.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I have been a part of an incredible team in SAP, who have taught me an incredible amount and have shown me support whenever I needed it.
As with any company, there are time where teams get really busy, especially during quarter end, however I have managed to build strong relationships with the members of my team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I have received an incredible amount of support by both my management and my mentor.
I stepped into a completely new role when I started my placement so there were a few bumps in the road before I completely settled, however I was always supported and encouraged by my team which helped me tremendously to adapt to the fast pace, the deadlines and the role itself.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The level of business depended on the time of the business quarter - some periods I would be very busy and would be working to tight deadlines, but there have certainly been periods where it has been quiet and I was a lot less busy in comparison to quarter end for example.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Placement students in SAP are trusted from the very beginning with the same responsibilities as many full time employees, and it was no different for me.
Though slightly overwhelming in the beginning, it felt amazing knowing that so much trust is put into me with the tasks my management gave me and it has helped me become better at time-management and prioritizing tasks.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have gained an incredible set of skills that I can take away with me not only in my final year of studies, but also beyond. I have become better at communicating, time management and I have improved on my technical skills such as Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, SAP Specific software tremendously.
My university uses SAP software for my degree so the training I have been receiving during my placement will definitely help me a lot.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The SAP office is an open plan office and this allows all employees to communicate closely and this also has made the general atmosphere in the office really friendly and a pleasure to be a part of.
There are many open areas on each floor that also allow employees to take a break in between tasks and communicate which also contributes to the good atmosphere.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The SAP placement programme is closely managed and organised by the Futures Programme at SAP that ensures that every student has an amazing placement.
I am pleased to say that I am very happy with how the programme was organised and the incredible opportunities the Futures Steering Committee have presented to us interns in the last 13 months.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
My training and development was overlooked by my direct manager from the very beginning.
I was set certain goals and objectives to work on throughout the year and I had interim reviews where I was able to discuss my progress and get advice from my manager on how it would be best to proceed moving forwards.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Future employment prospects are good for Sales and Presales roles
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Placement students in SAP have always had a great social scene. We make sure to meet outside of work and socialise as much as possible.
This is really helpful especially in the beginning when you are very new to the whole atmosphere and it's a great opportunity to find friends.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It is definitely not cheap and not sustainable to be done very often.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes! There are always many opportunities to engage in different opportunities in SAP, even for placement students.
I have had the opportunity to attend events, workshops, conferences and charity events and I even had the opportunity to host a Design Thinking session in my home university. I am very pleased.