1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The last 13 months have not only flown by but i've managed to gain friends for life as well as extending my professional network internally but also externally. Being able to gain such valuable experience at such a young age will certainly impact my way of life when I return for my final year at university.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
With SAP running an appreciate scheme where you can receive 'thank you' and also financial rewards these are just some of the ways you can feel valued by your colleagues. I was able to be treated as a real team member feeling part of the family from day one. Being invited out with the to customer meetings is another way I have felt valued this year.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Having regular team meetings and one to one with my manager has given me support but also guidance about how to approach my role but also work in the future. I had weekly meetings with my whole team as well as one to ones and even one, three, five year plans about my development.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Working for a software company operating in quarters there are some quieter phases however you are never left not doing anything. As well as this when working for SAP on placement you are given the option to spend 30% of your time in another department. If you're after a role where you want to be constantly engaged this is the perfect option! The first month of every quarter will be be quietest however never dull
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Responsibility and trust does not even cover it! Working alongside you manager you will see an overview of the team as well as the company. I had responsibility of collecting the team forecast as well as the deal updates throughout my experience. This has been a fantastic opportunity and especially taught be great time management skills.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Training at SAP is exceptional offering online courses where you will get some with certificates. I was lucky enough to be trained on how to improve me presentation skills which was something i knew I wanted to improve before I joined. I was then given the opportunity to present to the head of North Europe for my team - fantastic opportunities!
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in all of SAPs offices are different however with the buzz in Clockhouse Point towards the end of quarter was exceptional - you really get to see how hard companies push for success. During the first month of the quarters the office was however quite empty however this was almost expected as sales people should be out selling! The other offices welcome a lively atmosphere all year round.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The organisation of this placement has been exceptional with activities, training and development goals being created with your manager or senior leadership. If you ever wanted something created or set up this would be done and something several interns have done personally this year.Very smooth interview process and on boarding process.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
As mentioned earlier the investment you get at SAP is extraordinary with various online courses available to you as well as people in SAP with years of experience or AEs fresh out of the Sales Academy ready to teach you the latest and greatest methods. Any questions or hesitations were answered straight away
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?
With the opportunity to fly out to California for 6 week on the sales academy of 6 months on the pre-sales academy this would be fantastic! Unfortunately there are very limited spaces and with this being an internal and external entry this really makes it very hard for current interns to secure a place back at SAP. However the experience here really opens your world up for future companies.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Really good social vibe from all interns and even team events. Within the first couple of weeks starting SAP I had my first team event and the same this year for my replacement. With many of the social events happening in Richmond, Clapham and smack bang in the city this is a fantastic atmosphere.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Living in London is not cheap and im not going to make it like it is however it is manageable. Personally i never applied for a student loan and was still abale to survive the year and still attending all social events. However if you dont fancy paying £15 for a breakfast out, get cereal!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
SAP is split between two locations: One in Feltham and one in the city of London. Feltham is not the best location in the world to work and in Zone 6 its not very close to the city however when working in the city offices this changed dramatically and everyone was keen to go for drinks after.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes there were and soccer being one of them. My housemate was lucky enough to go to Frankfurt with SAP after joining the SAP soccer team which he thoroughly enjoyed. As well as this you can set up activities by yourself for others to join as simple as an email around!