The first update from our new Associates
Welcome to the first blog written by Computacenter’s 2014 intake of new associates. The success of previous programmes has allowed this year’s intake to be bigger than ever, including a new programme for Service Manager Associates.
“We were fortunate enough to receive an insight into the company
from high profile employees such as Neil Muller”
Computacenter provided the 14 of us with a jam packed induction during our first three weeks. The information we received during this time will be invaluable during our 18 month programme. During the induction, we were fortunate enough to receive an insight into the company from high profile individuals such as Neil Muller (UK Managing Director) and Clare Parry-Jones (Director of Business Enablement) as well as a number of Sector Directors. We also benefitted from a number of 101 (introductory guide) presentations including an introduction to hardware and software. This came as a huge relief to me, because I started the programme with zero technical knowledge, and although we were told this was not an issue, it was reassuring that this level of knowledge was catered for!
On behalf of the 2014 Associate Programme, I would like to take this time to thank all of those who took the time to present to us; as well as to Sue Harris and Adriana Mills who organised such a smoothly run and informative induction.
“With having fun being the main emphasis”
The next stage of the programme was one that we were all very much looking forward to; getting stuck into our rotations. I, along with three other Sales Associates, began my journey through the programme with a month in Partner Management. The objective of this programme was to network with all members of Partner Management, with having fun being the main emphasis; we certainly did this! The team could not have been any more welcoming and were happy to get us involved with events and vendor meetings, which we all found informative and enjoyable. Thank you to all of those in Partner Management!
“The feedback that we received from the day will be vital to us”
All of the associates were fortunate to get the opportunity to attend a presentation skills training day during our second month. The feedback that we received on the day was vital to us, as throughout the programme we are required to present to a number of senior people, up to and including Mike Norris. This is just one of the ways that we are being assessed during the programme, so good presentation skills are something that all of the associates want to master early on!
I hope you have enjoyed reading the first blog brought to you by the 2014 Associates. Please tune back in next month to hear from one of our Line of Business Sales Associates, Ben Parry.