I was responsible for looking after our SME Partners. This required me to be involved in the selection process of SMEs we partnered with, professionally on-board them and liaise with internal teams and the partners throughout. I reported into the Alliances Function which consisted of colleagues looking after some large global companies and with their help and support, nurtured my development and career progression.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
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.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
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.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
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.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
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!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
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.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
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.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
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!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
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!
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
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.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
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!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
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.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
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.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
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.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
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.