A General Overview of the IBM Consulting by Degrees (CbD) Graduate Programme

Welcome back to our Consulting by Degrees blog!

Before I go further to this week’s post, I feel the need to thank the regular authors of this blog – Peggy from Sweden, Ruth from the UK, Zuzana and Austin from the US – and those that act as guest authors. Without their contributions, this blog would not exist and I feel very proud just being part of this team and representing Greece as a CbDer through this blog. And of course, many thanks to all our readers that find this blog as the step to learn more about IBM’s leading graduate programme and the perspectives a young professional can have through this. This blog will continue to grow over the coming weeks and months and we will continue to share our thoughts and experiences about IBM and the Consulting by Degrees Programme  in general, so please stay tuned!

Following my introductory post “Hello from Greece !”, I feel that it would be very useful to define what this graduate programme is all about, especially for those that are not aware of it. Consulting by Degrees (CbD) is a two year, entry-level leadership development programme that was launched in 2009 from IBM Global Business Services (GBS) and has a global representation. The candidate’s background is not of major importance; more important is the leadership potential and aptitude you should have. The programme is divided into four quadrants – Foundation, Breadth, Depth and Promotion. As a CbDer and part of the global Consulting by Degrees network, it is crucial to define yourself as a consultant during the Foundation phase and get a deeper understanding on what makes you essential to your clients. You  will have the opportunity to participate in a range of project roles and activities, and get on-the-job learning. During the last two phases, the programme provides training to build leadership skills and expertise on a specific area of interest before the CbDers proceed to the next level.

IBM is so committed to personal and professional development and Consulting by Degreesis a proof of that. The training can be either classroom or online-based from recognized instructors in their fields, not to mention that within a few weeks since joining IBM, I got to travel to the UK to receive training as part of the programme. Being a consultant means that you should be impactful and committed, act in a professional manner and surprise your client by producing constantly better work in terms of quality. Teamwork skills are essential, because you will definitely find yourself cooperating with other members in a team and learn from these talented experts. So when you participate in a project, make the most out of it and learn as much as possible.

To conclude this post, if you are interested in any of the topics discussed above, please feel free to comment.






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