1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my work placement with HP. I was given opportunities and responsibility by my manager which was not expected. I actively participated in events outside of my job role and got involved with the work community. Within HP, there are lots of opportunities to get involved with. On the whole, it was a successful and very enjoyable internship.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by all of the staff members at HP. When I joined, I was trained by current members of staff and I instantly felt like a valued member of staff. After 6 months of work, I was given the opportunity to lead a small team for a project. This made me feel very valued by my manager as it showed trust and on the whole improved my confidence.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given lots of support during my time at HP. Monthly meetings were conducted between myself and my manager to discuss my internship and if there were any issues/concerns. Quarterly reviews were also conducted by the educational hire team to rate my performance. All of these reviews were helpful to my development and growth as a member of staff.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was very busy on a daily basis. I worked on a live system so each day was different. Getting involved with other activities such as charity events, events around the office site and training new members of staff kept me very busy on a daily basis. There was never a time where there was little work to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
On my placement I was given lots of responsibility. As mentioned previously, I was given the responsibility to lead a small team on a project. This was responsibility that I was not expecting. It allowed me to work on my interpersonal skills as well as leadership capabilities. As a result, the project was very successful and is now running on a daily basis.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills that I developed will benefit me on my final project at university. I worked with SQL and Unix during my placement. For my final year project, I am going to be utilising these skills. My placement with HP has also helped me develop team building skills as well as time management skills. I will use these skills gained during my final project.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office atmosphere was fantastic. Even when it was non stop work, the atmosphere was great.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The work placement was well organised by the educational hire team. They kept in touch before the placement to ensure that everything was in order before starting. Throughout the placement, I had quarterly reviews with the team. There was a very good internship community where the team got involved with charity events and other events outside of work.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was lots of personal development and training opportunities at HP. I was put on training courses to improve my development throughout the placement. Personal development meetings were conducted every month to ensure that I was getting as much as possible out of the work placement. On the whole, HP invest heavily in personal development.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Future prospects are very appealing within Hewlett Packard. I have been employed in my final year as brand ambassador for Northumbria University. From this, I have been offered a place on the graduate scheme once I have graduated from university. I have been very satisfied with Hewlett Packard and look forward to working with them in the future.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a very good social scene between all of the interns. Hewlett Packard have a very high internship community that I got involved in. There were 8 interns and we organised events between us and ensured that we worked together. We were all situated in different parts of the business but we came together and organised events for the whole company. For example a Summer BBQ for all HP staff.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living was around £280 per month for a house with 4 of us. Newcastle is a very social city.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife in Newcastle is really good.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, as mentioned previously, I got involved with lots of activities outside of work. With the internship and graduate community, we come together to organise events and organise social nights out. Newcastle is a very social city so it is easy to organise events. HP allow a few hours per month to get involved with volunteering activities as well.