At the start of my industrial placement year I worked for Hewlett Packard, but by the November the company took part in the largest split of FTSE 100 company in history and become two companies. HP inc continued to work in the PC, Print and Tablet industry, remaining with the household logo many people recognise. This was a mainly selling to consumer business.
I worked for the newly created, Hewlett Packard Enterprise or HPE as it is commonly known in the market, focused on the B2B market, and specialising in Servers, Storage and Networking capabilities and Software security. Although is an entirely new company, it is still a world leader in all of the markets not only in the UK but worldwide.
I am studying Business Management, which has given me a great theoretical base to take into the workplace. The problem I faced was it was only theoretical and that is why I choose to do a placement year. So many people in the UK go to university now, and a large proportion of those will be doing a Business related degree. By doing a placement year it gave me the chance to get real world experience and responsibility, which gives me a major competitive when it comes to obtaining graduate jobs.
By working at such a prestigious global company like HPE, I believe it is an even added advantage to those at smaller more local placements.
I worked in the EG Sales Strategy and Planning team as the Storage and Networking intern. My key responsibilities and daily duties were as follows…
• Creating, providing and developing reporting packs for senior executives that track change within the business and assist in crucial decision making processes.
• Presenting and clearly communicating important strategic and financial information on a weekly basis using a variety of mediums.
• Supporting members of a unique area of the Enterprise Group on a daily basis.
• Liaising with sales specialists and account managers to monitor business activities and offering support to them whenever necessary.
• Using an analytical approach, provide valuable feedback, thoughts and opinions to the strategy, sales and finance teams.
To quickly summarise the entire year, I would say I have 2/3 key achievements from my internship.
I organised and implemented the intern recruitment for my team, which involved organising and conducting telephone interviews as well as guiding the new starters handover period.
My main work achievement was taking control of a project which resulted in myself collecting and presenting data to the then VP of UK Marc Waters, now the MD of HPE UK & I.
Finally, I’d say that one of my achievements was to take the step up into full time employment, in a new area of the country, and build such a solid network of colleagues and friends, some of which I expect will be friends for life. I’d recommend placements and in particular HPE to anyone. I’ll definitely be reapplying for the graduate programme and will be doing so with accomplished references.