09 Jun Wenna Hicks
Type of role: Business Consultant
Type of position: Graduate job
Degree: International Business
Year of Graduation: 2014
Why I love it:
For me I love the idea of having constant change, no two days are the same at IBM and I get the opportunity to work all across Europe, articulating the career that suits me and working in a variety of roles across a variety of industries. Client-facing is really important to me and I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with Senior Directors and Executives in highly regarded companies.
My best experience/greatest achievement:
I recently took part in a challenge offered to the graduates to create an idea of how we envisage the future citizen will interact with the government for the Cabinet Office. This gave me the opportunity to present my innovative ideas to the senior leaders at IBM who run government services throughout Europe, as well as working with Senior Directors and having my ideas presented to the Cabinet Office through a storyboard.
What I learned:
This was a chance to experience and take advantage of all the support that IBM has to offer their employees, with mentors at an Executive Client Director level and support from the innovation team which also reiterated the importance of networking and taking the time to engage in extracurricular activities to help further develop skills and ideas.
About my experience/Tips for students:
IBM is an American multinational technology and consulting corporation, with headquarters in New York, United States. IBM manufactures and markets computer hardware and software, and offers infrastructure, hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology. IBM Global Business Services (GBS) is the professional services arm of Global Services, including management consulting, systems integration, and application management services.
My main advice for other students based on my experience is to not give up when applying for graduate positions or placement years. Each application takes a lot of time and dedication and it can become disheartening when you receive rejection emails, but it is only your commitment and determination that will make you succeed. Ensure you put aside a lot of time to plan your applications. I made a spreadsheet in the summer before my final year with all the deadlines of the companies I wanted to apply for and this made the whole process a lot easier.