I was given lots of opportunities and exposed to many experiences throughout my Placement Year. The company really supports the growth of Graduates, Interns and Apprentices which makes you feel extremely valued at the very start of your career.
The culture at Atos is something unique. I have made some life-long friends there. Colleagues from all levels are willing to support you in your development and are so interested in what you're up to.
My line manager and engagement manager both supported me throughout. They would always find time to hear about what I was up to and always had the answers to the questions I had. They both also supported me in exploring other areas of the business that interested me - this helped me decide the business area I'd like to join as a Graduate.
My duties came in peaks a troughs given the nature of the programme that I was working on. At Atos you're encouraged to get involved in extra-curricular activities and once I had found the ones that I was most interested in, these kept me busy throughout and also made me learn much more about myself!
I was in a partner facing role and during my Internship I was regularly on the phone or in face-to-face meetings with various business leaders. I was given tasks and the responsibility that some even some Graduates aren't even given! I often found myself presenting to members of the UK&I Executive Team too.
Having worked only in retail before, I feel that the Internship has taught me the skills needed to work in a professional environment. This skill will be transferred in many walks of like and I believe that the year at Atos has shaped me professionally. I have maintained a strong work ethic throughout and I hope to keep the effort level up during my final year.
The office in London is a large open-plan office with hot desks. This means that you work in an environment whereby you cannot sit in the same spot everyday and with the people you want to. This created a vibrant atmosphere whereby you got to interact with colleagues from all different business areas which taught me lots about the wider business!
The scheme is very well run with the right number of colleagues supporting the programme - everyone has a line manager looking after the Interns and then we each have an engagement manager setting us our daily work. There are regular reviews of our progress, enough guidance and support offered and lots of career development!
We had a review at month 1, 3, 6, 9 and 12. Each of these reviews was an opportunity for us to express where we'd like to develop and grow. Each review I had, I was given the support and guidance in helping me explore the areas I was most curious about.
Working from home
Healthcare from home
Atos have hugely invested in their Graduate, Intern and Apprentice schemes. Each role is well defined and well advertised. Managers within the organisation always speak about when "you return as a Graduate" which is very positive to hear and motivates you that you're doing a great job!
At Atos there is a Graduate, Intern and Apprentice (GIA) Community. This community is very welcoming and something great to be apart of. There are regular events such as weekly drinks, Oktoberfest, Christmas Party, a weekend away and much more! During the Covid-19 pandemic, the team have been great at making these events virtual. We have been having virtual online quizzes and also virtual pub sessions.
I commuted from home which cost approximately £310 per month - much cheaper than renting in London. When socialising in London, I found it relatively expensive but I was comparing it to University town Wetherspoons! I also saved money as I took lunch into work 3 days per week and bought lunch on the other days - this was usually in the region of £5-8.
Being in London enabled me to reach many great bars and pubs within reaching distance of the office. Joining in July was great as it was always warm after work and that was always an excuse to socialise. Someone in the office would always be up for a drink or a meal out.
As a valued Atos employee you are entitled to charity days. This enabled us to volunteer several times at a charity in London. They have an initiative to support the uptake of these charity days and are a great way of giving back to the community. There were also some sporting events after work such as running, 5-a-side football and squash.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Business Analytics, Business Management, Market Research, Purchasing and Supply, Sales
20th May 2020