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I really enjoyed my placement, yet would not want to do it full time. Just a year was great, as I began to tire of the daily routing after about 9 months. It gave me a lot of experience of the world of business, yet some tasks got repetitive, and there was only limited opportunity to vary my role.
I felt very valued by my colleagues. As I was given quite a lot of responsibility and completed my tasks competently, I was valued because of this.
There was always support from higher levels, my manager was very involved in what I did, arranging biweekly meetings to discuss my progress. She was always happy to support me in anything I wanted to do.
I found I constantly had work to be getting on with, yet not rushed off my feet very often. Some days were a lot quieter than others, which meant I was able to pace my work, and rarely found I could not complete my tasks within normal working hours.
I was given much responsibility from the first few weeks of my placement. My role was very individual and was therefore responsible for the tasks I managed, however there was always help to hand when needed.
I feel that the experience of a business environment, rather than the practical skills of the job, will help me a lot in the future. I am now better at organising my time, and have gained a lot of confidence when talking to peers and large groups. This is an experience that would benefit anyone.
I worked in the sales department that always had quite a noisy and informal atmosphere. My team was always willing to discuss any issue, and happy to help in any situation.
I had no problems!
I had opportunities to attend sales training, and was always encouraged to take on activities outside my normal daily role.
I feel I would like to experience other organisations, before thinking about returning to IBM. If I had no other prospects I would be happy to return.
Yes, there were about 150 other students all working for IBM, in Portsmouth alone. There were constantly social activities going on, and we arranged to all go skiing together, which was great fun.
Coming from Oxford, Portsmouth was a lot cheaper. Taxi's were cheap. Good student deals because of the University.
Quite a mix of places to go, something to suit everyone. Could tire of it if you were in Portsmouth a long time.
Yes, but not related to IBM. They would have to be activities arranged independently.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
28th March 2008