Oversee development and maintenance of computer systems.
Identify departmental needs and make suggestions regarding technical direction.
Set up organization's intranets.
Design and implement system security and data assurance.
Configure and install computer systems for other organizations.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Absolute fantastic; I could not recommend HP more to anybody applying for a placement year. Fantastic intern community and company culture.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Very much. HP's door to door policy ensured that I had the possibility to communicate with many different people within the organization. The company appreciated the work I put in, and everyone were easy to talk to.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I have mentors across the entire business who are more than happy to support you with anything and everything; whether it be work-related, gaining experience across the business and help with University studies.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Fairly busy but not completely unmanageable. Your day-to-day varies based on the time of the fiscal quarter. However, there is so much more you can do outside your day job that you can keep yourself busy with during quiet periods; community projects, fundraising, helping support other areas of the business and gaining experience in any area that particularly interests you. The opportunities really are endless.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A fair amount of responsibility. Not so much that if I left my business unit would crumble, but enough to make you feel valued and fulfilled about what you have accomplished. I was relied on by my team for core functions within the business and was an important part of the team.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I've learnt how to apply the theoretical knowledge I learnt at University and apply it to the real-world. In addition, the confidence and transferable skills (teamwork, communication and many others) I have gained throughout the last year have indefinitely shaped my future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very good atmosphere. Everyone is friendly and approachable, and the open door policy means that you can approach senior management quite easily. Quite an upbeat atmosphere within my team. The intern community is fantastic!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
My position was new to the company and so I had to help shape my own role as the placement went on. The process was quite seamless and it was quite an easy transition into my role from University. Colleagues were always willing to help.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Received a lot of training related to internal systems and processes but no training on areas that may have helped me understand my position within the business better.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
It mainly depends on how you perform within your placement year. However, doing well does not necessarily mean you will be offered a role within the organization but it will secure you a place in the graduate assessment day. If you receive good references from your managers then you stand a good chance of coming back when you graduate.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The intern community often arrange nights out. There are also intercompany events where other companies in the area (Microsoft, Fujitsu, Intel, BMW etc.) go out together so it is absolutely fantastic for networking. My team often hosted social events that included travelling aboard and are great fun!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Not overly expensive in relation to the salary which you are paid.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
No one goes out in Bracknell because there is not much there. However, the nightlife in Reading (15 minutes drive from Bracknell) where the majority of the interns live and where most social events are held, is lively and there is a scene to suffice everyone's interests!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Lots! Charity projects, fundraising events, events sponsored by HP (Wireless festival to name one!), social events are to name just a few. The scope to get involved in extra curricular is almost endless and you will never get bored.