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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

Role Description

Daily liason with customers Dealing with confidential transactions and issues Managing business and technology problems from start to resolution Reporting to several clients regarding account status Many other tasks differing from day to day

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I have really enjoyed my time at IBM so far, and their education resources are next to none for getting the most of what YOU need out of a placement.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • Almost every individual I have spoken to at IBM (and that is a lot) are always willing to help you in anyway possible, even if it means going out of their way, there is a real sense of community, even though the campus is over 30,000 strong.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • Management will always ensure you are doing the best job's their job! But I found that IBM managers will also push you to BE the best you can, suggesting courses, education and other avenues to help develop your own abilities.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Genreally I would have a consiseten amount of work from 8:45am through to 17:00 with an hours rest for lunch, and two 15 minute "compulsory" tea breaks. So I had the perfect balance.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • 4/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • 5/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • 4/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • 5/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • Limitless online education in any field you wish, training courses, travel expenses, paid office hours volunteering.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Subsidised Canteen

    Company Parties/Events

    Staff Sales/Staff Shop

    Above 25 days holiday

    Working from home


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I have been fast tracked onto the graduate programme


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • There area in total 90 placement students in north harbour, and 250 throughout the UK, out of 8,000 applicants. And we all get on like we've known one another for years!


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Standard southern prices, not to bad in comparisson to London prices!


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • We all go out most Thursdays and Saturdays!


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • 5/5

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

23rd October 2009

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