1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The placement year at SAP exceeded my expectations. The insights that one can gain for working for a software company of their size is incredible and there are many opportunities available. I came back to university full of great expertise and experience. Most benefits are also available to placement students.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Sometimes, it felt like some senior colleagues were looking down on placement students, but in general, people treated me with respect and as a regular colleague, rather than a student. Often, working with people from different continents will require voice conferences and meeting them through these can be incredibly valuable.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
There is always support available, the only thing sometimes is the need to ask. Although many courses are online and include various topics, there are also so many other opportunities that people get only by talking to others. Support and guidance is crucial to job success and managers ensured I was always going the right direction.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
More busy than I anticipated, sometimes. In general, there was always something to do - be it learning or delivering a customer project. The fast paced environment makes it all exciting and helps to get an understanding of how a large corporation impacts the future of the world we live in.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The amount of responsibility is incredible and surprise me. Placement students are provided with great insights and will often take a lead on many projects. Responsibility is then key. Working on crucial customer projects or coordinating the work of others and reporting it back to management can be used as examples.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The placement year was relevant to what I study at university and provided me with some great insights and expertise. I now utilise the skills gathered during the placement year. It has also opened many new areas to me which I wouldn't have gathered otherwise, such as impact of artificial intelligence in b2b.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
There was an open office and friendly atmosphere, anyone can approach others easily. There is not much hierarchy structure in the office environment. Also there is always something extra going on, such as Friday treats or bbqs. General office atmosphere was great and had an impact on my good experience.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The work was not organised to a great extent, however, that was only good for me since it opened up many areas I could get involve in. There is no specific structure to the placement year, but students are encouraged to go and spend their time between different departments which can be agreed on.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company was always willing to invest into training and development. Be it online courses, conferences or on site meetings around the world. This is also true for students, but will depend on each department. My overall experience was great and I was able to learn a lot throughout the year.
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 there is no specific graduate programme, there are great opportunities always going on in the business. They are open to recruiting early talent and a placement year can really help push that and make it happen, probably the best way to start. Many people secured jobs to have after finishing university.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London can be an expensive area and the office isn't located in a very appealing part either. Commuting can get annoying but the links to the office aren't bad, there is a train with a shuttle bus going to the office. In general, this was okay but could be better.
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, the opportunities people can get involved with are vast. Be it volunteering, corporate responsibility or raising money for a charity. There are also many sports club that people can join. Different countries usually compete against each other in those with a friendly and sociable atmosphere. The key sometimes is to ask!!