I was responsible for protecting the service of our customers by evaluating the risk and impact of technical changes
I really enjoyed my year working with the Change Management team. The people within the company are so supportive and willing to help you. Whenever I wanted to push myself, I was given the opportunity to do so and the support to feel confident in asking for more challenges.
If you come up with a good idea or do a good job, then this is always acknowledged. With my team especially, we got on really well so that we actually wanted to hang out as a team outside of office hours. Whilst in the office, there was always a friendly and approachable atmosphere, so i felt that i could go to any member of the team for help and they would willingly offer it. It is going to be really hard to leave my team at the end of my placement.
My line manager was amazing at getting to know what i was interested in and giving me opportunites to explore this. This was even reflected higher up in management with my RPO as well. As a placement student, i wanted to try and get as much exposure to the wider business as was feasible. My line manager arranged shadowing days with other teams to aid in this and it was very insightful.
This tended to vary day to day. At the start of my placement I didn't have a lot to do and spent a lot of time getting familiar with the tools that i was to use. However, i kept asking for more work to fill my day and it was always offered from within the team. My responsibilities grew the more i proved myself to the point that i felt comfortable covering the account by myself.
As i grew more comfortable with the role, i was given more and more responsibility to the point that i felt comfortable covering the account when the change manager on my account was on annual leave.
As part of my placement year i was to start my research for my dissertation. I have been supported every step of the way by my RPO, line manager and the rest of the SMC with this. This is invaluable in terms of helping towards my degree. But in terms of personal skills, i have learnt a lot about myself and what i am actually capable of including: handling conflict, managing priorities, communications skills (both verbal and written communication) and so much more but especially confidence. I feel a lot more confortable trying new challenges and putting myself out of my comfort zone.
I am based in Crewe which is where a lot of the SMC is based so there was constantly activity going on. The atmosphere was always light with everyone getting on really well. There are a lot of grads based in Crewe as well which gave me the opportunity to find out more about the graduate scheme as well as the other roles within the company.
There were only 9 interns in the company in the UK when i joined and as we weren't all hired at the same time, it was 4 months into my placement that we went on a 3 day induction course. I completely understand that with only 9 interns we had to wait until everyone had joined the company, but perhaps hiring us all within a certain time period could have made a difference. It was a good opportunity to meet the other interns though who are in the same boat, especially since we were spread out across the country. There were calls set up between the interns and HR every few months to catch up.
In terms of the intern scheme on my team, my team had never had an intern before so at the start i didn't really feel challenged, but as i kept asking for more and more work and proved myself capable of handling more, this quickly changed and i always felt like i knew what i was doing and aiming towards after this.
There are a lot of opportunities with the online learning and development tools to find out more about other areas of the company. I was given the opportunity to get my ITIL qualification and was also given the opportunity to shadow with other teams. A forum was also set up to help provide an avenue for the graduates, interns and apprentices to discuss their experiences and possible improvements to the schemes within the SMC. They have also given us projects to work on, which is a nice addition to our every day responsibilities as it is a bit different.
There are a lot of amazing opportunities within Atos on the graduate scheme. They haven't released the available positions yet for 2016 but i have my exit interview soon where we will discuss what i want to do and the HR team have made it clear they will try and support us in coming back as much as possible.
I haven't committed myself to coming back yet as i am wanting to explore my options before i make a decision but i am definitely considering coming back to the company. The company is very supportive about this.
When i first got my placement i was assigned a graduate buddy who was based in Crewe to help welcome me to the company. He was great and introduced me to the other graduates based at Crewe who are really friendly and very sociable. I was the only intern based in Crewe but there was another intern on my team. It would have been nice to have more opportunities to interact with the other interns.
There was a lot of social events with my team as well, including bowling and nights out, or just a few drinks after work.
It was reasonable living costs. It's only slightly more expensive than university accomodation in Crewe but i was close enough to work so that i could walk in every day which saved me money in the long term. Crewe is great for getting to the main cities such as Liverpool, London and Manchester so it meant that we had a lot of options for socialising.
There are a few bars outside work that are often populated with Atos employees but the best nights out often meant travelling to the cities or local towns where there were better pubs/bars but it wasn't too expensive to get there and we always had a good time.
There weren't really any activities to get involved in. There were plenty of offers for nights out but not organised work activities.