Paula Ocana Nestor, Madrid, Spain
Last October I became part of this big community of IBM, being part of the GBS graduate program of Madrid, Spain. As this was my first job, I was naturally worried about how work will be and how can I meet new IBMers.
Since the first moment, all my doubts disappeared: in the orientation week, I had the chance to meet all the other new colleagues. In order to get to know each other better, we organized some events. We went to the bowling alley, had some “tapas”, and we also played paddle tennis.
Additionally, we had formal meetings with our official mentor and people manager who helped us orient our work career and introduced us to IBM connections pages. We also have a coach who is a young professional that can help us with all the day-to-day questions and share their experiences in IBM. And, as everything is better with some food, we went to eat 2 meters of pizza with them in a trendy restaurant in Madrid!!
As new joiners, we also had a wonderful welcome from the current graduates. They organized a party for us that was full of surprises. They created a “buddy program” in which each of us have a buddy, who it is a graduate from the last year. This buddy is the person to whom we feel confident to ask all the silly questions that we all have and sometimes do not dare to ask Thanks to all these events we had the chance to meet new IBMers and we didn’t stop meeting them. Some of our last activities were playing poker and dining on a wonderful terrace.
Finally, I want to thank all the IBMers who were involved in these activities for making our start in IBM wonderful. We encourage other IBMers to participate in these activities!