The Associate Journey so far
It’s hard to believe I have been with Computacenter for over 6 months now. I am sure the rest of the Associates would agree with me when I say that the time has simply flown by. I’d like to use this blog as an opportunity to look over some of the highlights of our first 6 months in the business, which culminated with the Associates H1 review at the beginning of the month.Last month Emily’s blog focused on Computacenter’s values and what better place to start when looking back over the last 6 months. From day 1 it was clear that there is a definitive Computacenter culture and its popularity is evident just by looking at the longevity of many people’s careers here. The CC values are infectious and are epitomized by the amount of people within the business who have given up time in their busy schedules to assist myself and the other associates. I can assure you, we are all very grateful.
During the programme we all have endeavoured to get involved in not only the business but the social side of CC as well. Myself (the self anointed star player) and a few of the other associates managed to get a team together for the annual 5 a side Football Charity Tournament. This was no mean feat considering the team was made up of recent graduates and the start time was 10 AM…….on a Saturday. Somehow we managed to walk away with the Winner’s Trophy and whilst this was great, the opportunity to meet more people from all around the business and raise some money for charity was the real success.
Another highlight was the inaugural Services University hosted by Julie O’Hara (UK Customer Service Director). It was a fantastic day full of engaging workshops and insightful keynote speeches. It was also another great opportunity to meet more of the service management community. The theme for the evening was ‘Beach’, which resulted in a wide spectrum of horrifically bright outfits. I left Celtic Manor feeling energised and with a real desire to turn up the dial and make the most of my time left on the Associate programme.
The culmination of our first 6 months is the Associate H1 review. This is where each individual on the Associate Programme gets the opportunity to present to senior members of the organisation. We each had half an hour to cover the programme so far, our personal development and our plan for the future. The difficulty was covering this all in such a short time slot. Everyone had their own approach and although it was a somewhat nervy experience it ended up being thoroughly enjoyable. In addition it was great to get some precious feedback from some of Computacenter’s most senior individuals. Having spoken to the other associates I think we all took away some valuable advice and guidance for both the remainder of the programme and the future.
We are now a third of the way through the programme. It is time for us all to begin turning up the dial and ensure we make the most of this valuable opportunity.
On that note I’d like to say thank you for reading and hope you stop by again for the next instalment, which will be brought to you by the enigmatic Tom Bateson. I’m sure it will be worth a read!
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