10 months ago

Sarah Naylor

Age: 20

European Workforce Specialist IBM Global Business Services

ibm apprentice

What made you decide to apply?

The IBM apprenticeship scheme seemed a no-brainer when looking at my options post college. It offered the perfect balance of working, earning and getting onto the career ladder, whilst still being given the opportunity to learn, and develop personally and professionally.

If you joined as a Futures or Apprentice student, how did you make the decision to go straight to work after your studies?

I would recommend the IBM apprenticeship to anyone who is not sure university is for them, is ready to leave full-time education, wants to earn whilst they learn, be in a business environment where they can gain valuable work experience and most importantly those looking for an excellent support network as they start to embark on their first major career journey.

What hints and tips would you pass on to a student who is also looking to go straight to work after their studies?

– Don’t think you need to know what you want to do – I still don’t!

– Be open to learning new skills

– Don’t be scared to step outside of the box and do something different other than university! You can still have a social life AND work at the same time.

What has your career journey at IBM looked like so far?

The opportunity to work in three completely different rotations that have already developed me into a well-rounded HR professional. I have experienced both the bredth and depth of HR, in both generalist/project roles and also specialist roles, such as compensation. As well as this, I have had some amazing personal development opportunities that IBM actively support me to get involved in – such as the chance to become a Young Apprentice Ambassador for the South East of England.

What hints and tips would you pass on to a student about to start the IBM Recruitment Process?

– Don’t be scared to stand out from the crowd.

– Look forward to the Assessment Centre stage – it’s the chance for IBM to see you in action rather than from behind a CV! It’s also a great opportunity for you to come into one of our offices to see our working environment.

– You don’t need to be a mathematical genius to do well in the numerical tests – try not to panic & do some practice tests online!

What’s the best thing about your job?

I work with a team from all over the world – it seems so strange that I haven’t met some of them, yet we speak every day. It’s also great that I have a supportive team that are so open to having an apprentice on board. I have a real job, with real responsibilities and whilst they let me get on with it, they are also always there if I need them!

What’s the best thing about being at IBM?

The people and what we stand for – I can bring my whole self to work and have made some great friends in the process and worked with some fantastic colleagues. I definitely am proud to be an IBMer!

Apply for an IBM Apprenticeship

Stop searching and be found with the new Careermap CV Library
Receive the latest jobs straight to your inbox
* indicates required