1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The placement was interesting and I learnt a lot, the other people on the placement where nice and my supervisor was good. The main disadvantage was that the work is often quite isolated, and you spend most of the day sat in front of a computer working on your own. This might suit some people but wasn't really for me.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My supervisor has used the work I did in his project and as far as I know the code I wrote will appear in the next release of the software that I was working on. The one week he was away I had a different supervisor who was really nice but I did feel a bit like he was scrounging to find me work and too busy to help.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My supervisor was excellent at answering questions and working through problems with me and the training at the start was from one of the most senior software developers at the company, The manager in charge of graduates and placements is excellent and more than willing to answer any questions you have.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I almost always had good tasks to do all day but there was also no pressure to work overtime and I always left at or before 5.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The projects I worked on were interesting and were genuinely useful to the company.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Learning to programme (I mean really programme professionally, not just how to write a 'Hello world' type programme) in c++ will help me with a lot of modules next year at uni and the technical knowledge I gained will hopefully help in future careers too.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Honestly most of the time is was pretty quiet and dull, the most fun I had was having random chats with my supervisor.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Really well organised training and social events and they give you some of the most interesting work to do.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They gave us the same full two week training programme that they give to their own new graduates and my supervisor would always go into detail when answering my questions.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I was offered a job at the end of the placement which I am considering but to be honest only because it's a guaranteed job. The salary is not what I would consider competitive for the industry and the quality of graduate they demand, but it's not dreadful and there are a few good benefits for full time employees. The best thing about working there is basically no pressure and almost no one works longer than 8 hours a day. On the other hand the work is quite isolated and you are just sat at a desk all day every day.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I live near Birmingham so I wasn't particularly bothered by doing too much stuff with other placement students because I had friends and family from home I wanted to see, but the other people were all nice and they did do some things together.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I live near Birmingham and it's a pretty cost effective place to live.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Don't go clubbing much but Birmingham is pretty good from what I've heard.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Various social events organised which were all free/cheap.