To report and investigate costs and forecasted costs of the various IT departments around the firm. Also to monitor and control future expenditure.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The out-of-hours/team-building activities were very fun and I got on well with both my team and other interns. However, day-to-day the work level was very low and it was difficult to stay busy. There were frequent lulls in my workload and not very much else for me to do.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
After a few initial weeks where my team did not seem to trust me, I became an integral part of the team with my own individual responsibilties and taks.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My line manager was very welcoming and understanding of my inexperience. However, given his busy schedule, I often found that my meetings with him were postponed/cancelled at the last minute for days on end.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There was very little for me to do day-to-day because the job relied on having a knowledge of historic expenditure data.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I had my own project that I took ownership for but quickly completed this and was left with little else to do.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I developed stronger skills for interaction with senior team members, never having been exposed to such a hierarchical environment previously. Also, I am much more comfortable networking now.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was a particularly stressful time in the office, with a lot of deadlines at once, so there was a lot of tension at times. Other than that, I got on really well with my team.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The central organisation was brilliant - I was always informed of everything ahead of time - but I was my team's first ever intern and they did not seem very prepared for my arrival.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm scheduled IT training for me but a lot of my training had to be conducted in my own time prior to the internship's commencement (i.e. exam term).
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Employment is contingent on my performance and headcount requirements. However, if these conditions are met then a job is guaranteed.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I got on well with the other interns and there were a lot of centrally organised events for networking. The interns also went out together a lot but, not living in London, I was unable to attend most of these.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is expensive!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Commuting from outside of London meant I was unable to experience the nightlife as I would miss the last train home.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?