After graduating with a degree in Business, Bright Network member Jerome shares his experience on landing a graduate role at IBM.
Why did you choose this firm and this role?
What impressed me most about IBM was how it has successfully changed itself multiple times. Doing this while being one of the largest international organisations in the world is truly remarkable. With such a diversified history and the development of cutting-edge solutions like Watson, IBM became my first choice. Being the expert on technology for over 100 years I knew that my passion for technology would allow me to contribute to its success. Technology consulting has changed radically and IBM's implementation of design thinking puts it ahead of its competitors. This motivation to make a solution as tailored as possible drew me to the role and made me eager to become a part of this transformation.
What was the toughest part of the application process? And your favourite part?
With IBM's size, it has grown to serve thousands of clients and work on countless projects. Being able to identify the case studies and technologies that I enjoyed the most was at first overwhelming. The yearly events really helped to choose the best examples on the forefront of IBM's mission. My favourite part was the Assessment Centre it was challenging but taught me a lot about the time pressure involved in consulting. This really helped me decide that consulting was a field for me.
Were you surprised by anything in the process?
Reaching out to IBM graduates and receiving fantastic advice and guidance was definitely the most surprising. It really helped me get a better grasp on the role and the company!
What three top tips would you give your fellow Bright Network members?
Research, reach out and be enthusiastic.
What's your lucky charm or pre-interview ritual?
Taking a couple of deep breaths and relaxing.