Computacenter: where the culture is brilliant!

I have just had an update from Matt, one of our Placement Students at Computacenter. He is really doing a great job with a great company. Why not apply for one of their placement roles?

I’m Matt, an undergraduate studying Business Management at Brighton. I am currently on a 13 month placement with Computacenter. I am working within the Customer Value team, so my job is consulting service managers on how to deliver maximum value to our customers such as: Channel 4, the NHS, Heathrow Airport, Royal Mail and many more big names! I do this by specialising in 3 things: innovation, value add and continual service improvement. This is with the outcome of growing and renewing contracts.  

The culture here is brilliant, everyone is friendly and you can interact with the leadership team very easily considering the size of Computacenter – more than 14,000 employees worldwide and revenues over £3.7bn!  

There are lots of great opportunities, in my fourth month I hosted my own event on Presentation Skills which was backed by the UK Managing Director. 

Brighton has a very good placement track record with Computacenter as 4 students have been selected over the past 2 years. Get in touch with Leigh and the placements team to book onto our mock assessment centre in January!

Click here to apply!

Feel free to ask me any questions via Linkedin:

Relevant sites:

https://www.ratemyplacement.co.uk/company-profile/2897/computacenter

https://www.computacenter.com/docs/librariesprovider8/fact-sheets/corporate-fact-sheet.pdf?sfvrsn=8.pdf

https://www.computacenter.com/uk/careers/future-talent/industrial-placements

https://www.computacenter.com/uk

Update from Elisa at Warner Brothers: a really great program!

I have just received this from Elisa, who is a University of Brighton student on placement at Warner Brothers. She is having a really rewarding time.

‘I am the current intern for the Warner Bros. Finance and Business Development placement at Filmbankmedia.

My job consists in a variety of different tasks I am expected to complete both weekly and monthly, such as managing international accounts, placing film orders, creating newsletters, amending contracts and update variance analyses.

In addition, I was involved in new business research to expand the company’s business in various parts of Europe and Latin America and my team has been incredibly supportive in every step, allowing me to grow confidence and experience in various fields due to the amount of responsibilities I have been trusted with from the start.

They have a really great program and I am learning so much!’

You can discover more about the program here: https://jobsearch.warnerbrosplacements.co.uk/jobs/search/-1/3

If you need help with your application, please book an appointment with the Advisor for your degree course via JobTeaser.

Be quick – the applications will close first week of January!

Best of luck!

Next week is Employability week!!!

Next week is Employability week. This is going to be a great week with lots of events!

Here is a link to explore that week: https://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/bbsemployabliityhub/2018/10/31/employability-week-starts-19th-november-2018/

My personal picks of the week are:

Tuesday:

Preparing for interviews and assessment centres – local recruitment company GRB will provide hints and tips on how to prepare for interviews and assessment centres. They will also tell you what not to do! 2.30-3.30pm room 165. Book by emailing: placements.business@brighton.ac.uk

Wednesday:

Confidence through Comedy – improve your presentation and public speaking skills by taking part in this fun workshop – 11am-12pm room 214. Book by emailing: placements.business@brighton.ac.uk

Thursday:

Psychometric/online testing workshop – these tests are part of most recruitment processes so come along to learn how to prepare and succeed – 11am-12pm room G10. Book by emailing: placements.business@brighton.ac.uk

LOCAL PLACEMENTS FAIR – back for the second year running, local companies offering placement roles will be waiting to meet you. Bring your CV! 4-6pm in Mithras canteen. No need to book.

Friday:

IBM company presentation – current placement student Daniel Diaz will talk about what it’s like to work for IBM and showcase some of the placements on offer there this year – 11am-12pm room 153. Book by emailing: placements.business@brighton.ac.uk

Design Thinking with SAP – come along to this event to get a step ahead in performing well at assessment centres. Find out more about SAP and how you can perform better in assessments using Design Thinking, a methodology that uses empathy to understand stakeholder’s objectives and problems. The session will be fun and informal, and give you a better insight into how to succeed in securing your placement – 12-1pm room 153. Book by emailing: placements.business@brighton.ac.uk

We expect about 120 of this year’s second years to gain a placement. Make sure that you are one of them by participating in Employability week!

Book for a Mock Assessment Centre with Enterprise Rent-a-Car!

Hi all, 

Enterprise Rent-a-Car is coming to Mithras House to hold a mock assessment centre on Tuesday 27th November, 12 till 2pm.

Enterprise Rent-a-Car is an award winning company. It was voted Graduate Employer of the Year at the 2016 TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment awards – the largest student-driven graduate recruitment awards in Europe. 

This is a great opportunity! Feedback on Enterprise’s previous sessions has been excellent.  

If you would like to attend, please email me at l.rush@brighton.ac.uk 

Thank you!

Just do it: Come to hear Nike in Mithras House

Do you want to do your placement at Nike? Do you want to work near Amsterdam? If so, come along to Mithras 218 on Thursday 8th November at 11am for a company/placement presentation delivered by current Brighton placement student, Molly Grange. Find out about the roles on offer, what it’s like to work at Nike, and what living abroad in Amsterdam is like.

No need to book; Just turn up!

Careers Fair! Next Wednesday!

Next Wednesday, 7th November, is the date for this year’s Careers Fair. It is at the Amex Stadium, 11am till 3pm.

It is a really exciting and a great opportunity to meet employers. Don’t be shy. They want to meet you. Why not take your CV along?

I would like to highlight that Computacenter will be there and you can give them your CV, if you are interested in their Business Management (IT Services) role. Here is a link to the job description: https://jobsearch.computacenter.com/jobs/job/Business-Management-IT-Services-Industrial-Placement/2353

If you have already given me your CV, I will be showing those to Computacenter on Wednesday.

Enterprise Rent-a-Car will also be there and you can give them your CV if you are interested in their many Trainee Managers role. Here is a short video which gives you an idea of their exciting roles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH0EmVIDvO4https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH0EmVIDvO4

You can also book directly with them for their Mock Assessment Centre which is being held in Mithras House on Wednesday 14th November, 1-3pm. Second year students have found these very useful in the past.

I will be at the Amex on Wednesday. If you need help, just ask! See you there!

Customer & Communications BAME Internship

Following on from my previous blog regarding Black History Month which celebrates Black achievement, I am posting details of a Customer & Communications BAME Internship, which aims to increase the representation of students of African, Afro-Caribbean, Asian or Chinese origin in marketing and communications. The role is with Transport for London.

The Customer and Communications Internship is a diversity initiative targeted at students of African, Afro-Caribbean, Asian or Chinese origin (or combinations of the above) who are studying, have recently graduated, or have demonstrated an interest in the marketing or communications industry. These groups are under-represented regionally, and nationally, in marketing and communications which is why this scheme has been created.

Entry requirements
You must be an undergraduate or recent graduate of BAME (as defined below) origin on track to receive, or have already achieved, a 2:2 in any degree, or, have no more than one year’s experience in the communications industry – such as in marketing, stakeholder engagement, public affairs or other related field.

What you’ll be doing

Working in a fast-paced marketing and communications environment based in TfL’s Head office, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in creating campaigns, developing customer messaging and influence customer behaviour to help you start your career.

You will be involved in key projects and campaigns and have the opportunity to gain experience in another team, giving you a broader experience of how marketing and communications works at TfL. Throughout your time, you will work collaboratively with other teams across the business, and gain an understanding of transport as well as marketing and communications.

Here is the link to the job: https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/careers/student-placements/customer-and-communications-internship

If you need help with the application, please drop into room 159a, Mithras House, to see me.

The closing date is 23 November 2018.

Best of luck!

Black History Month

This month is Black History month. You can find more about this here: http://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/

In this post, I would like to celebrate the achievements of one black person very close to home.

Bert Williams MBE is the driving force behind Brighton and Hove Black History. In the Summer of 2017, he received an honorary Doctor of Letters from this university for his contribution to the promotion of race equality in the local region.

I know Bert through work he did for Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and I still see him of an occasion at reggae gigs. He is a lovely guy and a terrific representative of his community, very worthy of his honorary doctorate.

‘So, why do you want to work for us?’

‘So, why do you want to work for us?’ is a very common question at interview. You should also discuss this in a cover letter.

Your answer could cover some of the following:

  • The company’s reputation: ‘I would like to work for a market-leading accountancy company’.
  • The quality of its products or services: ‘I am aware of your new exciting product ranges, such as….’
  • The training it provides for its staff: ‘Your company takes on industrial placement students each year and you receive tremendous feedback for your training on Rate my Placement from those students’.
  • The Ethics and the culture at the company

You may have heard yesterday on the BBC about The Tree Conference which took place in Frome, Somerset: http://thetreeconference.com/ 

Experts there highlighted the vital role trees and reforestation can play in limiting climate change – in response to the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report urging for global warming to be kept within 1.5C.

This brought to mind the work that The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation is doing – funding the planting of 50 million trees throughout the US, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the UK: https://www.enterpriseholdings.com/en/corporate-social-responsibility/philanthropic-initiatives/enterprise-rent-a-car-50-million-tree-pledge.html

Each project is individually selected to prioritize immediate reforestation needs and to help restore ecosystems after wildfires or other natural disaster strike. The Enterprise 50 Million Tree Pledge will have planted 13 million trees by the end of 2018 – and 50 million trees by 2056.

2018 is the 11th year Enterprise has planted trees in the UK. More than 850,000 trees have been planted to date in the UK.

One way in which we can change the future of our planet is by making companies aware that we want their products to be ethically produced and packaged, and that we want to work for companies that behave ethically.

I would be interested to hear your thoughts!

You can find out more about Enterprise’s Trainee Manager role, take a look here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH0EmVIDvO4

If you are interested, just email your CV to me at l.rush@brighton.ac.uk     

Enterprise Rent-a-Car and Computacenter: Two of our Favourite Things

This is an important post as it provides information on two of our favourite employers of placement students. We have a close working relationship with them.

The first of those companies is Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

Enterprise has won numerous awards for its placement scheme and has vacancies in a large number of its bases.

Do you have a passion for customer service? Do you want responsibility? And fast track progression into Management?

As a Management Trainee, your duties will include providing customers with a great customer experience, you’ll be marketing their business, selling their service and liaising with insurance companies, dealerships, body shops and corporations. Not to mention all the day-to-day stuff, like office management and administration as well as collecting and delivering vehicles and keeping them clean.

Take a look at this too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH0EmVIDvO4

If you are interested, just email your CV to me at l.rush@brighton.ac.uk     

Full UK drivers licence is required

Salary – London & South-East region £18,000

The second company is Computacenter. It provides computer services to public and private sector customers.

Their roles are based in central London and Hatfield, Hertfordshire. They have a variety of roles which you can find on JobTeaser. The role I would like to highlight here is their Business Management (IT Services) role.

This is a fantastic company to work for. In addition, they are offering you a fast track application process. If you would like to be considered for an interview, please email your CV to me at l.rush@brighton.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Here is a link to the job description: https://jobsearch.computacenter.com/jobs/job/Business-Management-IT-Services-Industrial-Placement/2353

You do not need to have any specific IT knowledge to apply. They accept applications from all degree disciplines not just IT as this is a business placement not a technical IT placement.

We have two students working at Computacenter this year.