I have thoroughly enjoyed my placement year at SAP. I have learnt so much from my role and the people I work with and have had so much fun. The experience will memories that will last a lifetime.
From day 1, my colleagues at SAP have treated me like a vital part of the team and a friend. They have always encouraged and supported my ideas. "No question is a stupid question" was the mantra I was given at the start of my placement. In my team, I feel trusted and recognized, and have always felt my team truly care about my mental well-being too.
The management in my team have given me immense support and guidance that I am extremely grateful for. I have two catch-ups a week with the three managers I am aligned to, as well as bi-weekly catch-ups with my line manager. These meetings have always involved providing support and guidance in tasks I receive and I am always encouraged. They have a very open-door policy as well, always saying I can approach them with any questions/ideas/concerns whenever I need. It has supported in helping me increase my self-confidence and capabilities.
I have always been busy, but busy with a variety of different work, for different managers and so it's been exciting and enriching. No day in the Marketing team at SAP is the same. Being busy has always meant high levels of productivity which I have always aimed to reach in my days.
I have been been responsible for executing digital campaigns, events and projects. Sometimes it involves responsibility in carrying out tasks, but also responsibility in seeing a project end-to-end. The responsibility received has helped me increase me prioritisation skills, time management skills and much more!
When I go back to university, I will be able to manage everything much more effectively than I did before. In the academic side of things, I will be to directly apply what I learnt and relate it to theories and concepts during my studies, especially that my placement role was as a Junior Campaign Manager and I study a Marketing degree. I will also be able to manage my time better. Beyond university, I know that I have developed lots of transferable skills such as presentation skills, problem solving skills, events management, digital marketing, data analysis and more as a result of my placement that I can use in my future roles to achieve objectives.
Working in an open plan office, there was a great and welcoming atmosphere. Within the Marketing team at SAP, the atmosphere was always vibrant. Although work never stopped and the focus was always there, everyone knew when to take a breathe and to tell a joke to keep work enjoyable and fun.
There is a well structured work placement program at SAP lead by a team of passionate individuals at SAP from various different departments who always support the interns in providing opportunities and ensuring they get what they want out of their year. The two week on-boarding program at the beginning of the placement year sets you up for success.
The company invests heavily into training for it's employees. For myself specifically, I have access to three different training portals where I can develop both my soft skills, hard skills, company related knowledge, and non-company related knowledge. I have also had training specifically in Marketing, including digital marketing, SAP Marketing Cloud, Adobe Analytics training, and more. The training received has definitely set me up for the future.
Sports and Social Club
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
I wouldn't hesitate to accept an offer of going back to work for SAP in the future. SAP is a great company that holds strong values. The organisation invests heavily into their employees and want to see their employees shine. SAP provides lots of training, support and opportunities for growth which is invaluable to someone who is just starting out in their career.
Yes, there was an excellent social scene. Being in an intern cohort of around 77 undergraduates, I have made some amazing friends. From hanging out in the pool room together, having lunch together, working out in the office gym together, and going to our weekly social on a Thursday definitely bumped up the fun in my work placement year at SAP!
The cost of living and socialising in the South West London area is not the cheapest, especially when you come from the north ( which I did). However, the fun you have does out-weigh the budgeting you have to do and in the end, it all is priceless really! Also, when choosing accommodation, with a bit of extra research, you can still find somewhere a little cheaper than the average.
The nightlife in the South West London area is super fun! Our socials were always between Clapham, Richmond and Putney which all host a great selection of cafe's, restaurants, pubs and bards. Especially in Richmond, where our go-to bar had a lovely view of the River Thames. With a large intern cohort and an endless number of places to go, I was set up for a memorable year!
At SAP, there are so many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work. A few of the things I got involved with have been being part of Employee Networking Groups at SAP - Yes, interns are very welcomed! I got to meet and speak with people from wider areas of the company by joining the Business Womens Network, the SAP Cultures Group and the Intern Mental Well-being team. The placement program lead also invites interns to help in various different projects outside of their roles which means you can never get bored at SAP.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Design, Graphic Design, Marketing, Media, Recruitment
3rd May 2020