Prior to joining the IBM graduate scheme I completed an industrial placement as a technical specialist in their Digital Commerce team based in Portsmouth. As I came to the end of a fantastic year I chose to apply back to the Global Technology Services (GTS) business unit. A major factor in my decision was the structured rotation element whereby graduates rotate roles every six months. Thus far this has included service delivery manager, account manager, executive assistant and currently junior project executive roles. (Notice the gradual inclusion of executive in my titles!) All of which have developed a wide breadth of experience and skills in a variety of areas with a continued focus on the financial services industry.
My favourite thing about working for IBM is the diversity, of roles, technologies and people. For example I began in the maintenance business where I saw first-hand how IBM goes over and above to deliver exceptional service to clients, often in high pressure situations. I then moved to Delivery where part of my role was to design, implement and run an organisation wide communications campaign. The theme was sharing knowledge and good news and the sheer volume of people who gave up their time to contribute and engage with the campaign was a really positive message. Finally, I now work on a first of a kind cloud transformation project with a large financial client and it is a perfect example of why I chose IBM. Not only were we selected in a highly competitive bid process, but it demonstrates the trust the client has in IBM to provide this service. It’s a great project to work on as every day is different and I’m working with the team to build something that will truly help my client and their customers.
Outside my role there is a lot to get involved in! I am the events coordinator for GTS young professionals, whether that is graduates, interns or apprentices, and so far we have done games nights and pub quizzes to name a few. I also mentor university students through our IBM partnerships and IBM interns, helping them with applications and any questions they may have. Now I’ve told you about the fun stuff, there is a lot of education to choose from! I am now BCS ITIL and Agile qualified and in the process of completing IBM Global Sales School which is a fantastic course to build client skills.
If any of this sounds interesting then I’d definitely encourage you to find out more. You are given real responsibility from the beginning and there is a huge choice of roles and careers.