Project Office Support at IBM

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Southbank
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3.3/5

The Role
3.5
The Company
3.2
The Culture
3.1

Role Description

My role is new within the organisation and sector of the business I am working in, thus handover from previous Interns and reflective experiences are not so strongly evident. However, the team that I work within is primarily focused within the consulting side of IBM known as Global Business Services. I work in a department that facilitates client’s success using Global Delivery Solutioning. Currently I am involved with updating their monthly online news letter, updating and maintaining reports as well as facilitating the development of an internal project that was partly suggested by myself and others in the business. Even more, I have enrolled onto my placement at a quiet period where many colleagues are away on holiday etc, thus requiring to take initiative and make sufficient use of my time. Organizing, checking my emails and being on top of skills that are required but lack (proficiency in Excel) are what I am presently focused on.

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

Please be proactive forget shyness it needs to be thrown out of the window! Talk to the colleague next to you, ask them about their role (they would like it because it’s talking about what they most enjoy- that’s them 'self’! This will increase your potential to network; it is without doubt the way to mark your career! Your experience is truly what you make of it!
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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

Again you’re valued by the vibe you give off....its working with the basics: show respect to your colleagues and they will do the same with you.
4 /5

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

My manager is extremely busy, they are assigned their own tasks so always initiate contact when you’re stuck or need more work. Don’t sit on your desk and just wait for the work to be given, if you have nothing to do let them know your interested in more work and when you are ‘free’, utilise it in a way where you also are working on your own learning. Your not spoon fed in the work place, if you don’t ask you don’t get!
4 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

So far it’s a quiet period but I always make sure I am doing something (and no, not updating my Facebook status), I try to read the weekly new letters and do some online training that I have access to!
3 /5

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

With more experience and with your drive, responsibilities are and will be given.
3 /5

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

First one year experience with a reputable Organization will put me in a Win-win situation! I can either come back to the Organization or I can pursue onto another organization this time bringing my own interests and knowledge and that is working and understanding with people in an organization. In terms of my degree it will add maturity to my outlook on reaching goals and pursuing success (getting a First Class) also apply work/life balance when I go back to continue my third year.
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The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

I am surrounded by consultants so it can be quiet but there is no harm in making conversation and asking about their roles and impact in the Organization.
4 /5

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

Early days to explore but I should and also recommend the idea of keeping a journal to record what you have done or what your day was like, so then you can see objectively how organised your placement really was. But as mentioned, it really is what YOU make of it. If you go in with a negative perception then don't be surprised if you don't have a thriving account at the end of it.
4 /5

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

Companies have access to many training packs whether it’s online or it is sitting in a classroom, you just have to ask. If not, read their websites, reports, etc… boring at first and not to mention confusing but you will be the smart one at the end of it, when you’re listening into a conference and ACTUALLY understand what is going on. Companies risk taking on an Intern as we are not there to make big advances, yet they will train us up with those that are Grads or those that are key figures in the business, so don’t ever say no to training. Just take what ever is thrown out to you!
4 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Company Parties/Events
  • Working from home
3 /5

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

Early days....But keep positive as they observe from the very first day!
3 /5

The Culture

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

It’s what you make of it. I have the intention to make a path for my ‘dream’ career so networking with students was not a priority. However networking with Graduates and those employed are critical for me and enjoy doing very much. There are always social events but like Uni you have to make a good well balanced decision.
3 /5

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Again as a student you have to do your research!
3 /5

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Central London can't let you down yet it is pretty expensive when you have to take into account taxi, drinks and snacks or purchasing new shoes!
4 /5

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

Again DO your research...look on the companies Intranet join the organization Facebook group for Interns...if there is not one you should create it!
3 /5

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