Business analyst at IBM

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
Southbank Central London and City
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£20,000 - £21,999
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The Role



The Role

Role Description

Business analyst

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

Very good experience, amazing social life and good opportunities, eg to take part in different events, for both clients, internal, etc etc. Good social life with loads of other interns, including xmas parties etc. Very flexible role, but does also depend on manager etc. Highly recommend, wouldnt have changed a thing


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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

Everyone very friendly and helpful ranging from other interns, futures, apprentices grads etc and more senior people. Good opportunities and extremely common to have people in your team/work with people in other countries and industries so you get to know a huge number of people and really expand your network


3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

Very supportive atmosphere with a huge emphasis on being innovative and changing processes. This can be hard but everyone is very supportive and helpful and want you to do well. Even in difficult situations everyone understands you're an intern so are helpful however high expectations still remain, so it is definitely a work placement


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

This highly depends on your individual manager and team. For me personally I had days where I was super busy, sometimes working til 6 or 7pm but I had days in the week where I only had an hour of work. Highly depends but overall great balance allowing you to do loads outside your job role


5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

Again the more you work and get to know people and show them what you're capable of the more opportunities and responsibilities you will have. Aa the year went on I gained more and more, starting off at easy tasks and ending up working with global team in america etc, changing processes


6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

Again this fully depends on what area of the business you are in. Skills include general IBM badges and learning hours as well as technical skills, for example I learned how to use excel so much better, and there are a lot of special ibm programs to depending on your industry area


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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Very happy and positive but again depends where you are. Huge divide in london based offices between teams such as marketing and highly senior sellers and executives. This really gives a huge contact range and networking opportunities every single day, and with lots of other interns and grads the atmosphere is great


8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

Very well organised with many different events throughout the year ranging from helping at client events to intern parties to talks with senior executives. The whole covid situation has been handled well with a lot of flexibility and support and guidance, so you never feel alone and always have someone to talk to


9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

Again all depends on manager, I know people who saw their manager once or twice in the whole placement year. Personally my relationship was great, and again the more they get to know you and like you the more opportunities and investment you will get. Very easy to learn new things


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

I am very keen to return as a grad and the application process is a lot more simple. We have a lot of guidance and support from all managers and meetings have been put in place to talk about our futures and the potential of returning back to ibm too



12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Good social life both in and out of the office, on the first week a big group of us all went out together despite barely knowing eachother. As long as you are fun and interested you will be fine, at the same time if you want to stay behind there is no pressure


13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Working and living in central London can be very expensive, and many people lived at home and commuted or flat shared. Socialising is the same, however there are also good things to do such as just sitting in the park too that is cheap and easy especially in the summer


14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Central london is very busy and lots going on at all times. Very good night life ranging from piccadilly to Camden to clapham so a huge range for everyone. Can be expensive but it is worth it just be smart beforehand and plan your journey well so you don't spend excess


15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

A lot of opportunities, lots of sponsored rides eg bike rides and runs and other social activities such as yoga and other sports. Good shadowing opportunities and you can travel to different ibm locations to do this too so very flexible, all depends on your attitude and willingness to network


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