Are you interested in joining Gartner’s services rotational development program? Meet Aidan Johnson, Business Associate from our Egham, U.K. office, who shares why he joined the program, what he loves about it and a few tips to help you succeed in an interview at Gartner below.
Hi! My name is Aidan and I grew up in Cork, on the southern tip of Ireland. I originally studied for an undergraduate degree in commerce and German, and then I went on to study for an MSc in CEMS International Management at UCD Smurfit Business School. The CEMS degree focuses on developing future leaders with a strong network of academic and corporate partners, many of which are multinational corporations. Gartner services rotational development program continues that leadership development. The immediate exposure to senior leadership as a graduate was a big draw for me. Similarly, the opportunity to work on strategic projects focusing on operational excellence spurred my interest. Variety is the spice of life, and the rotational nature of the program grants you that variety in finding a role across the many business units within the organization. More than anything, the multicultural environment at Gartner caught my attention. As a CEMS student, I enjoyed speaking different languages. Walking around the office, you have a wonderful opportunity to practice those languages and meet very interesting people from all over the globe.
The services rotational development program kicks off with a two-week training academy (which is a lot of fun), designed to equip you with essential product knowledge. In our roles, we get exposure to multiple service groups and products, so it is crucial that we understand the basics. These two weeks were an excellent opportunity to get to know Gartner but also get to know other people beginning their roles within the organization and instantly make friends. In addition to this, having a Gartner mentor, one of the rotational associates already in the program, has been incredibly valuable in settling in and integrating within the organization. Having that contact point is a great asset as a new starter.
The people at Gartner are what I enjoy most about my role so far. Working with incredibly intelligent and likeable people makes it easy to get up in the morning. The culture of collaboration here is excellent and affords me the opportunity to speak with some of the most interesting and driven people I’ve ever met. I am always seeking to improve, and I thoroughly enjoy working on projects that seek operational excellence to deliver value to our organization and, ultimately, to our clients.
If you are interested in joining Gartner’s services rotational development program, I have a few tips to help you get through the interview process. First, be prepared ― get to know the company and our products. Second, showcase your abilities to the fullest and give examples of being a success-oriented person. Third, be personable. At the end of the day, interviewers are just people, too. Fourth, have a mantra. Mine is: “If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right,” and lastly, be yourself and relax ― you got this! I hope to see you on Gartner’s campus soon.
Are you interested in joining Aidan on the Gartner Services Rotational team? Search for a new opportunity in Egham here.