1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My Current Job title is Asset and License Administrator I have interaction with many employee's and have a large responsibility to make sure the system is upheld. My everyday tasks vary from working closely with change management as well as the service desk and the finance team.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many new skills in the short time I have been at IBM. I have learnt many new things about companies in generally on how they work and function. I have also completed an ITIL Foundation Exam in service management which is adding to my list of qualifications obtained from IBM. I have also been to over three internal courses which me and my induction attend.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
If I could turn back time, joining IBM would not be something I would change. I could not praise the scheme anymore as it has been around for years with amazing managers and a great structure to the scheme. The community is friendly and helpful!
4. How valued do you feel by IBM?
I feel extremely valued by IBM not only by them choosing me to join IBM but the amount of time and money spent on building my career (Allowing me to attend external events as well as expensive courses). Also attending giveback events where I can talk about my time and IBM really means they value my opinion and want me to talk about my time at IBM.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I think this is an area of the apprenticeship which really makes IBM stand out. The scheme has been running for over 6 years meaning they have established an excellent grounding for themselves and for the apprenticeship. With the set courses we attend at certain time marks e.g 6 month project environment skills. I do not feel they could change there structure to be any better.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
As I have mentioned previously IBM offer a range of courses internally however this does not stop you doing something that isn't offered outside of IBM externally. If you have a business justification and your task manager agrees it would be beneficial most of the time you will be allowed on these courses which IBM will pay for every expense.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a large amount of support from my employer from a business perspective or even just anyone to talk to about problems outside of work. They understand that as an apprentice a lot is changing in my life and that I will need a large amount of support all of which they aid.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
If I lived at home the answer would be they cover them very well as most apprenticeships offer 5-10k. However I was moved from my home in London and was given a role in Farnborough, Hampshire. As this was my first role/location I would have to cover the costs to get there. I currently rent a one bedroom flat which is very expensive so from the apprenticeship I do not make any money and the costs out weigh the salary however in the future I'm sure this will change.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are a lot of company events including corporate games, sports and large foundation events.
9a. Would you recommend IBM to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
IBM has achieved numerous amounts of awards not just for nothing but for having an outstanding apprenticeship! You can currently apply for two different areas in the business. The technical apprenticeship and the business specialist apprenticeship.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to IBM? *
KNOW WHAT IBM STANDS FOR!!! But seriously do your background research on any company you apply to as this will be very helpful in any assessment centre/interview
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