Developing skills and self-knowledge on placement with IBM


BSc (Hons) Psychology student Lydia Suffling began her placement with the Human Resources department of IBM in June 2015, in Portsmouth. During her time there, she rose to the challenge of an additional new role within a fast-paced team in London, assisting with a large-scale project.

As this placement formed part of her degree, an additional challenge for Lydia was to complete reflective coursework assignments, analysing her workplace experience in the context of relevant psychological literature. Lydia believes that her insight into the demands of the workplace have been greatly enhanced by her placement experience.

“Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed my journey with IBM – not only have I increased my skills in communication, collaboration, critical thinking, project management and organisation; I have also learnt about my own style of learning and enjoyment in the workplace.”

Lydia Suffling, BSc (Hons) Psychology