IBM’s gap year placements are 9-12 months’ worth of experience that could transform your year out and your future prospects. They offer you an invaluable opportunity to work with a world-leading company, broadening your horizons and giving you a head start in your career.
What will you do?
You’ll spend your first 9 months (August to May) on a challenging work placement, where you’ll support and learn from experienced professionals from across IBM. That could be in any area across the company.
Then, at the end of the 9 months, it’s in your hands. If you love what you’re doing there is nothing stopping you continuing working for us for another 3 months, or if you fancy some time off before university then you can do that too – it’s your choice.
Where will you be based?
All of the roles on are based around the UK, with most (though not all) of our technical roles based at Hursley, near Winchester (the largest software labs in Europe) and a beautiful location.
However, while we always try to match you to your first choice location, we do ask you to be flexible and willing to travel: we like to give you as much experience as possible and visiting different IBM locations – and working on different projects allows you to do that.
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This is an ideal opportunity to learn about the business world at one of the planet’s biggest and most successful organisations. Spend your gap year in a business role and you’ll be supporting one of our many business areas, such as Project Management, business operations, market research, marketing and sales.
During the selection process, we’ll talk to you about which area suits your skills best – we want to make sure you’ll get the most out of wherever we place you. And wherever you end up, you’ll gain valuable experience helping to increase our revenue, solve our clients’ challenges and make our business run as smoothly as possible. (But don’t worry - you’ll have the chance to experience other business areas too.)
At IBM, we know technology – so naturally IBM is the place to go if you’re interested in technical placements. Some of the brightest minds in technology work here, and we lead the way in developing innovative software products and applications. There’s a huge amount you could get involved in - for instance, you could support experts in web design, problem diagnosis, software development, database development and technical project management.
What you do will vary depending on the area you join – but you’ll get the same valuable experience and insight, as well as support from experienced and talented professionals.
What we offer
A salary of £15,000 (pro rata)
25 days’ holiday (pro rata)
Discounts and cash-back at more than 1,300 stores, including Apple, Tesco and John Lewis through the IBM Rewards Programme
Access to a dedicated social club offering everything from discounted weekends away to theatre and theme park trips.
Sporting teams to get involved with, loads of student networking functions and a dedicated graduate and student newsletters to keep you up to date.
At the end of the 9 months, a performance-related bursary of up to £1,000 to spend on whatever you want.
Support & training
How we support you
Your training and development
Needless to say, all of this will give you a huge head start when you get to university.
What we look for
Hopefully by now you’ll have a good idea of whether a job at IBM’s right for you. So, are you right for IBM – and how do you apply? Here’s what you’ll need.
Whichever career path you choose to follow at IBM, we can offer you incredible, memorable times. You will have a great social network, gain invaluable experience in the field of your choice, learn new skills and develop expert knowledge – at one of the most successful companies in history.