1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Never stopped to be surprised throughout. An incredible life-changing experience in an organisation that truly values its employees. I felt that there is no limit at SAP, whereby “Bring everything you are, become everything you want” definitely happens! There has been no a single person in the whole business, who did not like to work with. Open doors for everybody and outstanding support across all functions.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My team said half way through the placement, that to them I looked like somebody in between an intern and an experienced HR Professional. I have been given total freedom in joining and driving project. After few months in my role, I could not believe that my team really let me own the game on very sensible topics. My manager has been of incredible support, she coached, mentored and backed me up in every situation.
I will leave this place knowing that my placement year was worth it.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Every time I needed support, both my manager and team were there to make things happen for me. Thanks to the knowledge in coaching my manager holds, I have been able to experience an exponential growth both professionally and personally. Not only my own team, but the whole business is simply good and people are genuine supportive.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Incredibly busy almost every day. I ended up many times stay extra hours on my own decision, whilst my manager was encouraging me to leave the office. I did it to speed up my own learning and to add more value in a short period of time.
Some days, I had that many meetings that I barely had time for eating, but that is where i felt most valued.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Unbelievably a lot of responsibility. That much responsibility, that then the result of my actions would have had a significant impact on the working life of more than 2k people across UK. Indeed one would make mistakes during a placement year, but given the responsibility I had, then a mistake from me had much more weight on my self-confidence. There is when my team kindly brought me back to the reality of :”You are doing an incredible job and remember you are still a placement students, although somewhere higher than that. Hence mistakes are accounted for”.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Amazing online and on-site courses available to SAP Employees. Not only that, but every time I had a training request, my manager was willing to call external providers, if the training wanted was not offered internally. I have developed great knowledge in HR and exposure to other HR areas. In addition, I have participated to coaching, communication, conflict management and employment law training, which in turn I believe makes up the picture of the perfect HR Professional to me.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Supportive workforce and positive vibes all across the office.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Needed some more tweaks in the structure, which I have personally helped to develop.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Just needed to blink my eye and my manager was willing to invest in me.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The business is so large that one single connection can take you wherever you want.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Every week socials on Thursdays;
Two boat parties in one year;
Generally good vibes and social atmosphere.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
No nightlife at all, but we always moved to Richmond which has plenty of good places (40 mins away by public transports)
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Wide array of opportunities with CSR and charitable work.
Football team and SAP World Cup in Germany.