It is fair to assume that most fresh college graduates look forward to starting their first job with both anxiety and excitement.
How is the first day going to be?
How long will it take me to learn how to do my job?
What kind of support will I have?
How would a pandemic affect all the answers to these
I personally had all these questions (and many more) in my head when I joined the IHS Markit New Graduates Program back in July of 2020. I wished I had someone who could tell me how my days would look as being part of this program, so I hope this post will help you.
IHS Markit is an information company which uses technology and expertise to provide software, insights, and data for clients across multiple major industries.
I joined the firm as a Sales Operations Analyst for the Global Sales Strategy & Optimization team in the Financial Services Industry. My role focuses on ensuring smooth deal processing of sales opportunities, from the creation of the opportunity until its closing stage.
I act as a support for the sales teams when it comes to opportunity processing procedures, understanding contract terms, and dealing with billing issues. I also support the Sales Managers by creating reports on sales pipeline or other requests they might have.
Therefore, my days usually consist of using the CRM platform Salesforce.com for the processing of sales opportunities and of having calls and meetings with sales representatives or sales managers.
I enjoy this role because it is very dynamic and engaging.
Besides my daily responsibilities, I am also taking part in different (virtual) activities organized by the New Graduates Program.
The main goal of this program is to introduce us to the culture of the company, to expose us to the different business lines and industries that our expertise covers, and to help us connect and network with our colleagues.
I love that we are given the opportunity to meet senior leaders across all our business lines, hear stories about their roles and experiences, and that we get to ask them questions about the company or any piece of advice in general.
While these events are tailored only to the New Grads Program, IHS Markit also organizes similar events at the company level – everyone is invited to join and hear news about different parts of the company or to learn more about our leadership teams.
Each Friday, the new grads are split into small groups and we are invited to network with each other, since we are not able to meet face-to-face.
This has helped us communicate impressions of the new jobs, find out what the rest of us are working on, and build a community.
IHS Markit values the importance of mentoring in one’s career and therefore, each of us, the new grads, have been paired with a mentor from within the company.
I find this to be such a great opportunity to learn about other parts of the business, to ask for career advice, or just to learn from someone else’s experience.
I meet with my mentor regularly and we usually discuss how I feel about my job, different situations I encountered at work and how to deal with them, or what I see myself doing in the future.