Creating the Ripple Effect as an Intern
What role did you do?
I joined HP in July 2017 as a Business Analyst for Sales & Strategy Commercial Channel covering UK & Ireland. My key responsibilities were analyzing weekly sales and presenting these to channel management, supporting our Partner Business Managers on key partner initiatives as well as managing any ad-hoc requests that came from management.
In addition to the core role I had the opportunity to work on a number of other projects such as presenting the Channel Share of Business to the Managing Director and the Leadership Team as well as working on the Intern Charity Committee raising £35,000 for The Princes Trust, to highlight a few.
I later moved into the role of the Education Project Manager- UK & Ireland. Working as project lead of “The Ripple Effect”, I created education newsletter for our channel partners and acted as an advocate for “HP for Education” as well as planning a number of education events such as BETT & HMC Conference. It’s been a busy internship!
What’s the most exciting project you worked on?
The most exciting project I worked on was definitely The Ripple Effect. Working on delivering HP’s go to market proposition to the education sector, developing STEM learning and enabling students to leave schools with skills ready for jobs now, and in the future.
Working on it from the initial stages I got to see Neil Sawyer (Channel and Education Director), alongside key HP UK stakeholders, pitch the initiative to the EMEA Education Team. I was fortunate to lead the project alongside Neil, witnessing the development of the project, development of the marketing collateral from ideas to implementation and see how the project is developing STEM learning within schools.
It was fantastic to have been given the responsibility to drive and deliver upon such a strategic and high profile initiative from start to end. I am sure that the initiative will grow year on year and will deliver HP’s education message.
Please take a look at The Ripple Effect (https://www.followtheripple.com/).
What made you wake up and come to the HP Office every morning?
It’s simple. I enjoy what I do and I enjoy the people I work with.
There is a great, inclusive atmosphere within the office. You are free to discuss any ideas that you have and how you think you are able to improve processes or the things you’d want to get involved in, as you can see from the above examples. There is a large group of mentors that you’re able to learn from and develop professionally. A handful of the management were previous interns hence understand your situation and try and get you meaningful project to work on so you’re never left making teas!
What do you enjoy doing after work and at the weekend?
I wouldn’t say I am any different from the typical 21 year old. After work it’s usually making time for the gym or going for drinks with my friends… perks of working in London! At the weekend I’ll probably be found in London either walking my dogs in Greenwich Park or eating brunch – I’d fully recommend Handmade Foods in Blackheath, give it a try!
What’s one moment you’ll remember from your experience at HP?
The one moment that I will remember is going to the Princes Trust Annual Celebrate Success Awards. Prince’s trust is HP’s corporate charity.
It was an absolutely eye opening experience that demonstrated the work that The Princes Trust do in order to create bright futures for young people. I understand that I am an incredibly privileged individual in terms of my education and start in life and to be able to see the work that The Princes Trust are doing to mitigate the difference is amazing. They are truly bridging the gap of those with and those without.
We are talking about people who are homeless as a teenager and in and out of foster homes to go and run a successful business. Gaining industry relevant qualifications under their belt able to secure their dream jobs and funding for their ventures. It was great to see how the money goes straight to the young people and gives them a brighter future and the difference I saw drove me to be involved in Zero to Hero and raise £35,000!
What’s your favorite HP product?
My favourite HP Product is definitely the HP Spectre X360. I finally think that HP are moving away from the traditional PCs and Laptops that they are commonly associated with. HP is tapping into a market that millennials are buying into and introducing products which challenge the competitor’s.
HP undoubtedly had the market leading internal processors and drivers however they haven’t always had the external aesthetic that people are now looking for which has changed with the new product range. Since the split and the refined focus on the hardware HP is creating amazing pieces of technology that people want to buy and show off. Just take a look at how thin the HP Spectre is as well as being touch screen and have 360 ability. It’s truly market leading and would probably be really useful at finishing those university presentations.
Author: Jack Hinchliffe