1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Very much. Instantly I was given tasks and responsibility that made me feel valued and part of the team. I felt comfortable to ask for help or guidance, as well as when I felt I wasn't being pushed/stretched enough in what I was doing.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
At the start I felt I had to slightly prove myself due to the large team and position I had occupied. However, after integration and helping the team with a project I soon felt valued and meant to be there.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was fantastic, making sure that I was happy and comfortable. I carried out my tasks under her guidance, and when I needed help or clarification she was very happy to give her time. However, my line/manager/supervisor above my 'day-to-day' boss was not as helpful with regards to general Internship problems (i.e. IT, access etc) and I felt that support was only there when really needed, rather than a presence I could go to whenever.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The tasks I was given were my choice after discussions of where I could go and what I could do. I however sometimes did feel a little lost with nothing to do when my manager was either away, or I'd finished. Soemtimes I felt as though I just wasn't given quite enough to do to effectively fill my day. I however I'm a ridiculous do-er so for someone else it may have been fine.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Within my 3 main projects I was given the responsibility either to draw on previous work to then progress and forward it with my own take, or create documents/packs from scratch. This meant I owned the projects etc. and they will have my name on them and be within the business for some time! This was a very good balance when to when I was asked to assit another colleague, so I didn't feel too overwhelmed.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I know know so much more about business, work life and the real world. Being in situations where you have to solve a problem with little or no resources, as well as limited knowledge was incredible for problem solving and understanding that life is unpredictable. I have been able to understand what I possibly want to do in the future, as well as what I possibly want to avoid!
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office was layed out so socialisation with my team was difficult, but I managed to talk to other individuals who were in my line of site. However, when the team did 'get together' around a table there was a lot of home life discussion and jokes which broke up the solitary desk work.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
My manager did not know I was coming until the day before I arrived, but this did not affect my first day as she quickly was preparesd to integrate/give me work. The intership organisers at a higher level however were not prepared, with that being just one example. IT wise, access wise and with general enquiries, thjere seemed to be a lack of individal understanding, but rather a blanket response/knowledge. Also, they never really seemed to be 'there/present' (i.e. with update e-mails/'just contact me on...') if something was wrong.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Due to the business, the Health and Safety and security training that we recieved was extensive and appropriate for the level of work I was doing. It was more my manager, rather than the company/internship team that pushed my development, with no 'goals/achievments/what was expected' set before I started.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very. I was graded on my performance and I can now apply to the graduate scheme and 'skip' three interview stages to the last stage. I also, with my reference, am going to apply to the 'higher' scheme.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a team of apprentices/graduates that organised several house parties/nights out in the local town, but due to the varying palces that everyone lived, it was sometimes hard to get to. We were also split between sites and departments, so during the day I was on my own, with only lunch time with the possibility to see other interns.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home during my placement.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
It's my usual palce so ok?!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Not many for someone only there for 12 weeks. I got meembership at the gym in the social club, but that was very isolated.