Junior Management Consultant at IBM

Start Date:
2017
Location:
Central London & City
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
Salary:
£18,000 monthly
Review Date:
March 2018

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Review Score

10 /10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:

10/10

I am a junior management consultant apprentice, this involves experiencing a range of different roles on projects. I have done PMO activities such as financial spreadsheets, action tracking, reports and documentation writing as well as Data protection and security audits. I have also undertaken an analyst role which includes the assessing of data for patterns and trends and writing reports on this.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?

10/10

I have learn lots of new skills. Consulting was completely knew to me. I have developed confidence in client conversation and providing customer service to provide customer satisfaction. I have learnt new skills in analytics and report writing, agile delivery and design thinking. I have also developed my skills in excel.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

10/10

I absolutely love the programme I am on at IBM, i get so much experience on the job and lots of external training to support me in my job. My role is really varied and different everyday which makes it really interesting and the fact I get a qualification at the end is a bonus.

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4. How valued do you feel by IBM?

10/10

I feel really valued by IBM - i think that all of the training they send you on and opportunities they provide makes me feel as though they really do invest in you. Additionally, i feel really valued because straight away you are part of the team, an IBM'er and treated like any of the other employees.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?

10/10

There is a lot of flexibility in the programme I am on in terms of the role and so that aspect is not structured. However, the programme is very well organised with lots of documentation and also a schedule for all of the training and when it should be completed by. There are also lots of leadership to ensure everything is completed on time and that we are getting everything we require.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?

10/10

IBM are my training provider. I receive a lot of support at IBM. I have an Early Professionals Manager who provides support for my apprenticeship and training. I also have a task manager who is my day to day manager that supports me in my role, that provides me with on the job work and tasks. I also have a buddy that is an older apprentice who is there to support me in all aspects of my role. If i have a problem i can speak to anyone and they will support me, including those mentioned but also any other EPM or person on the project i work on. There are also people partners for each part of the company who are there to support in finding appropriate roles and ensure we are getting good experience.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?

10/10

I receive a lot of support at IBM. I have an Early Professionals Manager who provides support for my apprenticeship and training. I also have a task manager who is my day to day manager that supports me in my role, that provides me with on the job work and tasks. I also have a buddy that is an older apprentice who is there to support me in all aspects of my role. If i have a problem i can speak to anyone and they will support me, including those mentioned but also any other EPM or person on the project i work on. There are also people partners for each part of the company who are there to support in finding appropriate roles and ensure we are getting good experience.

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7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?

10/10

My salary is over and above what i would ever need at my age. It is very competitive compared to other apprenticeships I had researched and applied to. I have very few costs due to my age and therefore my salary covers all of my costs that i do have (although very little).

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?

10/10

There are lots of opportunities outside of work. There are lots of company events, many for networking and socialising which is a brilliant opportunity to make friends but also create a helpful network to help me in my work. There are voluntary activities in the form of 'give back' which is what IBM call it. There are sports clubs and teams although i choose not to involve myself in these as im not very sporty. There is also an IBM club which offers theatre tickets, sports tickets etc. at reduced prices which helps in activities completely outside of work in affording them.

9. Would you recommend IBM to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

I would certainly recommend friends and anyone looking for a career in the technology industry due to the vast amount of opportunities there are here. Not only just in the roles and the apprenticeship but in the wider company and the activities outside of the day job, e.g. the social aspect. IBM provides a lot of support and a salary that is exceptional for someone of my age.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to IBM?

I would definitely advise to only apply if you are a flexible character open to travel as the job can require travelling around and living away from home - but this is super fun and means you can see different places of the country or even the world. I would also say to be really honest and yourself in your application, they want to get to know you and whether you would suit the company because that is so important - you must fit the company and the company must fit you!!

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