As a consultant, I worked on client projects alongside a team of talented designers. My work consisted of design thinking, facilitating research sessions and producing tactile solutions through digital experiences.
I've learned a lot about working alongside clients to achieve mutual benefit and produce business results. I have also been able to develop my approach to design thinking and using software such as Freehand, Mural and Sketch. I have also learned how to work in an Agile software development team, which is essential in the tech industry.
I found that you were given as much or as little responsibility as you wanted. Depending on your both your project/client and your willingness to prove yourself, you are often treated the same as other employees.
I was given great support from the start of the placement, being given both an intern manager and a role-specific manager. Both of these managers were helpful, informative and incredibly approachable. I also found myself picking up mentors throughout the year who went above and beyond, assisting me regarding career-progression and my design work.
Everyone I met during my placement year have been a pleasure to work with. IBM employees are knowledgable, driven and always willing to help out. The culture is relaxed but productive.
I had a great year on my placement. Despite being restricted to working from home due to the pandemic, our intern-managers seemed to make a real effort to ensure us interns mixed with each other, and provided the opportunities to network with those able to help us progress our careers. I have been able to develop my interpersonal, teamwork and design skills and find myself in a great position to return for my final year of university.
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Placement Year (10 Months+)
Central London and City
21st September 2021