Working to provide value and give companies the leading edge in IT, Finance and Operations.
Tasks can range from presentations, excel, producing product demonstration and analysis of data, Assisting the market sectors with revenue tracking, research on clients, managing projects internally and communicating to bring deliverables together.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Excellent placement opportunity which provides huge scope to learn new things. Given a 9 as consultancy is very dynamic and agile - tasks change very frequently, therefore there must be a passion to be a consultant.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Get to know almost every single colleague. Very family-like feel.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Tasks are initially handed over by a senior manager who will assist and manager progress, as you develop the independence of producing tasks on your own grows.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
In consulting, the nature of the job can mean that you are extremely busy one week, working longer then usual hours(this tends to be a must on most client sites), and then on the other hand the workload the following week may be very reasonable. Entirely depends on the role within consultancy you take, I have always hand tasks to do, some with indicated delivery dates, and others with a more longer period.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As with any role, as you grow and demonstrate responsibility Atos staff members will actively encourage you to take on more and more responsibility. By the end of my placement, as stated by a partner, the role I was performing was that of a grade consultant higher then even a graduate in-take. So the role is very challenging and pushes you to be the best you can.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Definitely skills for life, it helps keeping track of your development, and Atos's employee performance reviews helps to show how much I did develop key skills through my placement.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Open desk area, with 'hot desk' seating means that you rarely seated in the same seat from day to day. This encourages conversations with different colleagues...so atmosphere is always friendly. Only down side would be others talking distracting focus from work that requires attention to detail.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement scheme is still very new at Atos. I would say that there is still a lot of room for development in terms of the very first months of my placement. Atos needs to do a bit more in terms of helping a placement student find there feet in a new role, by perhaps pairing up with a colleagues for a few weeks at the beginning. There is great opportunity for you to craft your own role, and as I have found it is your motivation and pro-activeness that will define what you do day to day at Atos. This may be a negative for those who prefer just to be told what to do, but it is certainly a positive is you are motivated to develop yourself and impress.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
4 week induction period at the start of my placement. The consulting unit in Atos has invested a lot in their training, from on-line tools to teach you vital terms a consultant should understand, to on the job training by specialist staff members.
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?
Once you have made the right impressions and have proved yourself as a worthwhile asset to the firm, Atos are more than happy to take you on as a graduate...in the role you have done your placement, or even if you'd like to take another role in the company, all options can be considered.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Great great social seen. This however is not with placement students, as mentioned before the placement scheme at Atos is fairly new, therefore not many placement opportunities are allocated. However there is a very close network of graduates, post-grads who are always socialising!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Given that my placement was in the centre of london, socialising is not cheap. However as you work in london you soon get to know where 'THE' places to go are. Many offer happy hours, which are very happy on your pocket too! Living expenses are high as well, but there are many young working people who would shared accommodation with you, making it very reasonable.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
London night life is awesome. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays you would usual be out with work friends on at least one of these nights, every week.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Constant invites go around for out-of-work activities, so long as you meet the right people at Atos, once you get known, the invites flow in - very social and fun.