Global technology giant IBM is so convinced that young people and graduates are essential for it to remain at the forefront of technology, that it’s putting its money where its mouth is by providing an extraordinary variety of schemes, ranging from internships through to e-mentoring programmes, in order to secure the next generation of IT workers.
The corporation currently employs approximately 20,000 people in the UK alone and hires an average of 150-200 graduates per year, with another 250-300 students entering IBM’s renowned 12 month internship programme each year.
Interns are given plenty of opportunity to work across all areas of the company. In doing so, they receive a unique insight into the world of business and technology, as well as a deeper sense of commitment and ownership of their company.
Mark Wakefield, IBM’s corporate citizenship manager, said: "Our interns grow immensely during the 12 months, both in terms of their self-belief and the breadth of practical skills they gain. It’s also mutually beneficial for the organisation, which gains from having a fresh injection of bright, creative minds and individuals who are bursting with enthusiasm, flair and a willingness to learn."
For a multinational software company, IBM goes to unusual lengths to secure the best talent. It's approach to recruiting young people sets it apart from the more traditional recruitment techniques of its competitors.
From secondary school pupils through to undergraduates in search of a placement year, no stone is left unturned; IBM provides employment opportunities and support networks to young people of all ages.
Frances Revel, who is studying for a degree in marketing at Newcastle University and is currently completing a one year placement with IBM commented: "I was worried about how I will be able to apply my degree when I graduate, so this placement has proved invaluable. Immersing myself in working culture and having the chance to experience such a challenging role has given me a real focus on what I want to achieve in my career."
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