Now that you have had the chance to relax over the Christmas period it is time to get back on that application train, ready for new positions opening this term!
What about applying for a multinational company like Atos? We spoke with Noa who has been working at Atos for over a year now as a Consultant to find out about their graduate programmes.
The first thing to do when applying for any graduate scheme is research. It is important to get to know the company and its values, so that is what we did before interviewing Noa. Atos is an information technology service and consulting company. They largely specialise in technology transactions, communications, big data and cybersecurity services. They also employ over 49,847 people across 40 different countries!
Their graduate schemes range from consultancy to product developer, to even a technology programme. One of the great benefits about working for Atos is their graduate community, training and range of locations.
Now you know a bit more, have a read as to what Noa had to say.
Q&A with Noa from Atos
Q: What does your job involve?
As a business consultant starting their career, I often work on client sites, which pre-Covid often meant staying three nights a week in a hotel. I have also been thrown into junior roles covering many areas, allowing me to gain a broad range of skills, and experience an array of work environments and industries. I have performed roles in stakeholder management, industry engagement, collaborative working, invoice verification and support work within an Account Management Office. Others on my graduate scheme have worked in completely different roles and on different clients so everybody has a unique experience and builds a unique career. All the projects I have worked on have been large, public sector projects, which has meant that there has always been a lot going on to explore and also means that I have felt the work we are involved in will make a difference.
Q: What is the mentor system like at Atos?
You are allocated a graduate buddy before you join Atos and you have a range of managers that you can gain mentorship from. You are also given a designated career coach, who is external to Atos and helps you to develop your career throughout the scheme. The Graduate community has been a big part of my experience at Atos so far; a big network of support, with accompanying social events and opportunities to get involved in career development and charity work. There are also many other communities you can get involved with in Atos, such as our Atos Pride (LGBTQ+) network or Together (Diversity and Inclusion) network.
Q: What are your next career plans?
I am in the final three months of my 18-month graduate scheme. In March, I will roll off the graduate scheme and continue as a consultant. I have already moved up a grade during my scheme and hope to move up to the next grade soon after I leave the scheme. My current plan is to stay at Atos for at least the immediate future and develop as a T shape consultant (a consultant who has an expansive knowledge base and then specialist knowledge in one specific area), to gain a broad range of skills and experience before starting to specialise.
Q: What was the assessment centre like?
The assessment centre contained a Team Assessment, two interviews and a presentation. A task was set and as a team we had to gather our knowledge, choose our solution and briefly present it. One of the interviews was a skills-based interview and the second interview was based around your CV. Finally, the presentation involved being set a problem, where individually you must choose a solution and create a small PowerPoint presentation during the day. You then go onto present this PowerPoint to a single assessor. This can be quite daunting as you are presenting to just one person but even with the stress the day was enjoyable!
Q: What do you think you did differently to other candidates to get the job?
During the team challenge in the assessment centre, I was quick to organise the team and bring us together to work out how we should use the time. This strategy was based on a previous assessment centre experience, where the team assessment became very messy and disorganised, with no structure and several individuals trying to lead. From my experience, it is important to read the room of the team assessment; be an active part of the conversation but avoid being too dominate and drowning others out. Throughout the assessment centre, I felt comfortable with those interviewing me and comfortable within the environment, which I hadn’t felt at other assessment centres, so I believe I found a good match with my personality at Atos and with the people working there.
Q: Did you take part in any extracurricular activities at University or internships to help you stand out from your peers?
Although I applied for many internships throughout my student life, I unfortunately never secured one. However, I did get involved with some extracurricular activities that I believe helped my application. I was involved in a consulting challenge with Capgemini run by my University and I also engaged with other University challenges and miniature projects. What I believe is important is having enough experience to give examples of your skills in the skills-based interviews, which are a big part of most graduate applications.
What can you do next?
If you would like to find out more information about the Atos Graduate Scheme or what they can offer students you can visit their early careers section here: https://atos.net/en-gb/united-kingdom/careers-uk/graduates-uk
We also have a previous Q&A with a trader from Goldman Sachs which you can read to understand more about other industries and different schemes here: https://henleycareers.blog/2020/12/09/grad-job-insights-qa-with-a-trader-at-goldman-sachs/
And don’t forget we’re here to support you in your journey, so if you’d like your CV checked, to find out more about different jobs, to practice for an interview or assessment centre, or anything else related to your career, book an appointment with one of our Careers Consultants.