Sales Associate in General Business sales, did a lot of forecasting within my role, as well as plenty of analysis
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my work placement at SAP. The 13 month scheme allowed me to learn about the corporate world, the world of sales as well as meeting some great people. I now feel I am going back to uni for my final year of study a much better & well-rounded person, so I am really glad I decided to take on this challenge.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt really valued by both my fellow interns and my wider team. As soon as I started, I was thrown into the deep end and was adding value to my team immediately! This was great as it meant I really did get the most out of the whole 13 months. I was really lucky having such a great team around me and I will miss them all
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
SAP have a buddy system, so when you start you already have someone from within the business to act as a buddy, which is a great support network to have early on. My management team have been super supportive, especially early on in the placement when I was still learning, they were all very patient and helped me out
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I rarely had quiet days, but some days such as our end of quarter had especially busy days! These only happen at the end of every 3 months, but I really enjoyed it, as I prefer to be busy and be sure I am learning and adding value than having a quieter day
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
SO MUCH! It was a bit daunting at first but I have actually enjoyed being responsible for a lot of important tasks. Its also given me the opportunity to take ownership of everything I have done over the last 13 months, and was great to learn about skills that come hand in hand with responsibility.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
All the skills I have learnt & taken with me from my time at SAP will help me massively in my final year and in wherever life takes me after that. I feel so much more confident going into such a big year in my life and also now possess the skills I know that employers will look for in graduate roles
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was generally good in the office, especially at quarter end when the office had such a buzz going round, it was a really exciting time to be in the building. There is always people in to talk to and people have a laugh whilst doing their roles which is really refreshing
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well organised, from the application process last year to on boarding our new interns, it has all run very smoothly. We had lots of opportunities throughout the year to get involved in various events and training, so they take their internship really seriously and want us to do as best we can
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We received lots of mandatory training when we first started, learning about how to use things such as outlook etc. There was also opportunity to do further workshops, training etc throughout the year which was really informative and was a great experience! The company do invest in their placement students which is really cool
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?
There are ways to get back into the business after being an intern, including schemes such as the SAP sales academy. You can also be asked back full time after you finish at uni by your team if they feel you would fit in to the team still, as well as some interns having the opportunity to stay on part time whilst they are at uni
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
YES. There was over 50 interns in my year, all the same age so it was a really good social scene. We often went out together and organised our own events which was great. Everyone was lovely which made the year even more enjoyable! We also did team events including a xmas party which was really fun
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The area itself isn't great for living and socialising, but I lived a short train journey away with some fellow interns so that was one of the main places we socialised. The location of the office itself was a cheap place to live however not the biggest place so I never socialised outside of work around the area
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
nothing in Feltham, which is where I was based. However it is quite close to places like Twickenham, Richmond and Clapham so there nightlife there is obviously pretty good, so we did tend to hang out in that sort of area. There may well be a club/bar near the office, however I never experienced it
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, we all took part in a charity day in teams of 6 where we decided on a way to raise money for the chosen charity. There was also opportunities to help on certain events as well as attending a few different things. Its easy to get involved with things outside of your role