After completing my degree and returning from summer travels in Cambodia and Vietnam, I returned to IBM on the Graduate scheme in Software Sales, having spent a year at IBM on the Undergraduate Placement programme.

Below I have shared three highlights so far and some tips for applicants. 


Software Sales Graduates are required to attend IBM Global Sales School that spans over 6 month period, which helped develop the skills required to have a successful start to my career in IBM. Although there was a lot to learn, our programme leader had a infectious philosophy to our learning, which was that we learn when enjoying ourselves.

I have been fortunate enough to attend a week long intensive IBM Top Gun Training course in Dubai. As well as providing me with valuable assessed training course learning about how IBM's different Solutions can deliver higher value to our clients, I was able to network with various IBMers and Business Partners from all over the world. (And also see Dubai!)

In addition to the valuable training, the key highlight has been spending time with clients, understanding their toughest challenges and exploring with them how IBM can help deliver value to their business and support with their digital transformation. Having the opportunity to be trusted with our clients most valuable data and critical processes is a reason why I joined IBM, as you feel you can make a difference. 

Advice for applicants

In the Final Interviews, IBM's matching process works both ways. Make sure you consider the role aligns with your aspirations and is with people you want to work with as this can have a profound effect on your development. 

Joining IBM I found there was a lot to learn; from meeting IBMers and different teams to learning about the processes, capabilities and the markets. However, what I quickly learnt was the induction process was there to facilitate with bringing us into IBM, and whether you are in your first year or twenty first year at IBM, wherever you turn there is an overwhelming amount of support to help you. So don't be afraid to ask anyone for help!

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