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very valuable experience, definately worth the extra year. very supportive team - I was able to build upon my exisiting skill set and aquire new ones e.g adaptability, client focus, teamwork and collaboration.
As above, very supportive team - always there to offer help and guidance. I wasnt treated any different to a regular IBMer in my opinion.
Similar to above - I didntend to seek advice from my team members, but when managers were available, they were very understanding and helpful.
Towards my 6month review I felt as though I had got all I could out of my basic role. However I asked for more work, and now I am busy all day which is how I like it. I dont have to stay late unless it it month end so I have a good work-life balance.
I was solely responsible for some tasks, whereas other were more shared resonsibility with another team member. From day 1 i was left in charge of important processes that often had strict deadlines for completion.
All the competencies I have aquired/built upon this year I will be able to utilise either at univieristy or when I apply for graduate roles.
Generally, people were very upbeat and we enjoyed breaks together, but not to the extent of unproffessionalism.
very well organised from the application process up until i began the role - I was kept informed of start dates and requirements etc... my handover wasnt particularly organised but thats not a releflection on IBM as a company and the training/education I was provided with to enhance my skills withing my role.
As above, I attended numerous skills workshops and education sessions. Some of there were organised by the finance department, others by IBM foundation. I found there very beneficial, particualy the courses on accounting and excel skills. there were also online education sessions available.
Working from home
I hope to be offered a graduate position with IBM - there is opportunity on the graduate scheme to experience a range of roles before you settle down.
As there were a large number of IT's at North Harbour, there were lotsof social events, perticuarly at the beginning/end of our placements.
Rent is reasonable if you are willing to share a house...I shared a 3 bedroom house with 3 others ( i converted the lounge into a bedroom). Social costs depend on the amount you go out, no more expensive than anywhere else in England. There is a free bus service to IBM from Cosham station (about half a mile away) which runs frequently.
Quite a few clubs/pubs/bars. Theres a comedy club nearby also. lots of places to go out to eat and socialise e.g bowling, cinema...
Giveback is greatly encouraged in IBM and all trainees are expected to get involved in at least a few giveback activities.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
23rd June 2009