The Graduate Scheme was introduced in August 2018 as part of the company expansion strategy. The aim was to provide new starters with a clear understanding of the business as a whole and to help identify which areas the graduates would be most suited to work in, before offering a permanent position. We asked our graduates to write a little bit about the graduate scheme to provide new joiners with an insight into what they can expect.
Areas of the Business
It all started with an introduction week, during which we received a schedule for the next few months and got to know all the team members. The following weeks consisted of spending time in each area of the business for roughly a month each. The goal was to get to know the processes of each team, gain an understanding of their day to day tasks and experience how different areas of the business interact with each other.
The first area of the business was Client Services. During our time here, we gained fundamental knowledge of the Equinox Intellectual Property Management System and learned how to give a basic demonstration to potential clients. We learned about the different types of existing clients and the daily jobs involved to support our subscribers. We also gained a fundamental understanding of the intellectual property industry and how professionals in this industry manage their client’s portfolios.
The second area of the business was Migration. In this rotation we discovered the purpose of the Migration Department and familiarised ourselves with the processes involved in data migration. We also got the chance to look at various databases, learned to write SQL queries and import data into Equinox.
The third and final area of the business was Development. In this area we were taught the different stages required to code and release changes in Equinox. We spent time learning various coding languages and even got a chance to make our own website! We also learned a lot about the different requirements intellectual property professionals have for an IP management software.
In addition to spending time with different teams, we were also given a graduate project to work on, which we would present at the end of the Graduate Scheme. The purpose of the project was to allow us to demonstrate the knowledge and skills we gained while working in each area of the business. The project was broken down in to sections which each of us were responsible for. We worked together to create a final presentation, which outlined our ideas for the business moving forward – and was presented via a website we built ourselves.
Following the Graduate Scheme all three graduates were offered permanent positions at Work AnyWare and are now enjoying their new roles within the company! Alicia went on to become a Product Support Technician and is enjoying helping our subscribers with any queries they may have. Ollie went on to become a Migration Engineer and is always ready to assist with any data migration, big or small. Ieva is now a Business Developer and is happy to demonstrate Equinox to anyone who is interested.