- 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
- 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
- 3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
- 4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
- 5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
- 6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
- 7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
- 8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
- 9a. Would you recommend IBM to a friend?
- 9b. Why?
- 10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to IBM?
I am an IT Specialist, my primary role is to build and maintain virtual machines across our internal cloud, included in this is deploying classes for instructors who use our VMs to showcase their products these can be held in Hursley or off site, I also deploy laptops which can be used for this purpose too.
I have learnt networking/routing skills in order to have our virtual machines communicate with each other. My interpersonal skills have also improved since I am always email customers and clients, I have also worked face to face with them in classes too. Plus my fault finding skills have improved since when we get new VMs from customers they may not always work on our systems and require re-configuring.
I have greatly enjoyed the programme since it has helped me greatly improve myself, it has allowed me to learn more about the wider workplace but it has also helped me understand how a business works. I also cannot fault my team in anyway, they have made my experience that much more enjoyable.
My programme is very well organized, we have quarterly meetings where all of the other programme members meet up to work and catch up with their organizers, support is always on hand if needed for any number of reasons and you have access to a huge library of training and study work if you want to learn about different sectors.
I receive a great amount of support from my employer if I need it, my manager is always there if I need to speak about any issues or questions, my mentor or EPM is there to help me with anything I have in regards to the programme itself and overall I feel that the entire company is there to support me.
From the start we have access to our mentors knowledge and connections, they can recommend people to see who may have knowledge on a certain subject or they may have the experience themselves. There is also our internal slack network where you can find courses and talks on a multitude of subjects.
My role and qualification basically go hand in hand since the training I am receiving for my role is what qualifies me, my qualification is IT based therefore I am only learning what I need to however the option for me to learn about different roles and areas is offered to me.
At IBM there are always networking events and talks going on at all of our sites, we also have a number of of events that are held out through the year including tennis, badminton, running, cycling and of course we have a onsite gym, plus since we are in the countryside, here at Hursley, there are plenty of walking groups.
IBM is a fantastic company to work for, they offer interesting and challenging roles and it opens some many doors for other opportunists inside of IBM too, there is always something going on plus they give you the chance to see what you can really do, they really want you to make the most of you time here.
Make sure to do you research on IBM, if you are not already up to date. Always show your willingness to try new things as this shows them what you might want to do within your role. During your interviews and time at IBM always be honest, if you don't understand something or need help, no one is going to be mad or expect you to know everything.
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