September 27, 2019
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Emily Miller’s journey with IBM UK began 3 years ago when she took part in IBM’s summer internship, Extreme Blue. After returning to The University of York to complete her final year of Computer Science studies, Emily joined IBM’s Consulting programme. Since joining the scheme, she has enjoyed a variety of roles, including project management, business analysis and scrum master positions, across different clients and industries.
In this interview, we asked her a few questions about her work as a Consultant at IBM and her advice for those who want to start a career in consulting.
What is your role and what are your key responsibilities?
I am a project manager within the design factory. I manage a team of 10 infrastructure architects who produce technical designs, detailing how we will migrate the client’s systems to the Cloud. I work closely with bank Subject Matter Experts and key stakeholders to plan the applications we can pick up. My main focus is on resolving any issues the team has and driving the throughput of work.
Tell us a little about how you got to where you are today in your career?
I joined IBM as a grad after finishing the IBM summer internship program, Extreme Blue. Upon starting, I joined a project with a banking client before moving to work on a Proof of concept with a car rental firm. I have then been at a different banking client for the last year and a half where I have moved into different roles. I was lucky enough to find a good mentor in my project manager on my first project who later asked me to join her on this current project. I think finding a good mentor and good people to learn from has been invaluable.
Why did you decide to join the consulting graduate scheme at IBM UK?
I must admit I didn’t know a great deal about IBM before I started the Extreme Blue summer internship program but during that time I got a great feel for the company’s culture. Everyone I met was so friendly and willing to help which was nice and I came to understand the diverse range of projects IBM were working on, which really appealed to me. Progression on the grad scheme is really good and there are lots of opportunities to try different projects and types of roles, both business and technical so I was really keen to join.
Do you think you need to have some basic technical skills to succeed at IBM and, if not, why not?
No. I think it helps to have a basic understanding but it is certainly not needed to succeed here. I think a willingness to learn different things on the job is very important but IBM provides a lot of training to help get you up to speed with key technical subjects and hot topics. There are also a huge range of projects, some more technical than others.
What is your highlight of the grad scheme so far?
The training I have done abroad has definitely been the biggest highlight for me. I have been lucky enough to go to Amsterdam, Budapest, and Madrid to do various training courses with groups of other grads. It has been a great way of meeting new people on the grad scheme and learning something new in a new city!
What advice would you give to someone thinking about starting a career in consulting?
Don’t be afraid to try new projects and roles. Don’t be put off if you’ve never done a particular role or worked in a particular industry before, there will always be people on hand to support and resources to get you up to speed.