Internal / External meetings / events organisation / management.
Campaign Support – working on specific sales / competitive campaigns.
Attendance at customer meetings in conjunction with Sales Account Managers.
Gaining customer feedback via both email and telephone.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Most satisfying were the times when I was managing mini-projects or an element of a project to 'own' and when I was out of the office at events or another office. What really let this placement down, for me, was the lack of an intern community in the central London office and when I was left 'scraping the barrel' and looking for more work.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I rarely saw members of my team nor did the majority approach me when they were around. Only a few members of my team gave me tasks and the chance to demonstrate my skills and develop trust with them.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Everyone I worked with was really helpful, having a handover period at the start of the placement with the old intern really helped too. Sometimes you would have to find the information you needed yourself, but this only helped to build up independent skills in the work place.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Was a very busy placement, with a number of people who would come to you asking for help or certain tasks to be completed.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I had real responsibilities, if I wasn't in the team then alot of things would fall apart. I also had the chance to go out and do my own thing on a few new tasks given to me so there was freedom in the responsibilities too.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My time management skills will never be better, I now have a good work ethic which I look forward taking back to an educational place to assist me in getting the best result possible. I also hope to return back to the same company and even team after I graduate, so fingers crossed this placement year has also set me up with a great career opportunity.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Although where I sat was fairly quiet as I worked in a world wide role and the team are 95% remote the intern community at HP is vast so there are always people to go and have lunch with or catch up over a coffee, this also goes outside of the workplace where there was always numerous social activities.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I had a very definite role to be fitting into and everything was well organised for my arrival. Partly due to again the current interns preparing everything for a month long handover period which smooths the transition to the best it can be.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
If there was something I wanted to do I pretty much got to do it. Or alteast I felt that every effort would be made to see if it was a possibility. The team also were always happy to spend some time with me to walk through new products etc to make sure I had a full understanding of the business.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I hope that I am about 95% in with a job when I graduate, it all depends on if the business unit I was working with in continues to grow as it has the past year. But as a company in general I think I would very much like to go back into HP.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a good intern community at HP with over 100 interns and most living in houses together out of the nearby town. I however was living back at home, but there was always opportunities to get involved in the social events outside and inside the work place. There is also lots of fundraising opportunities which everyone can get involved with, the main one being the three peaks challenge.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was living at home so can't really comment, think people were paying about £350 a month to rent and from my local knowledge of the town Reading it can be around a £40 night out on the tiles at the weekend, but on student nights it can be very reasonable.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Reading has a selection of clubs pubs and bars so there is always something to go to. Also it has a large choice of resturaunts and is not too much hassle to get into London from.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was always something going on within the Intern community be it a night out or a fund raising activities, you were also encouraged to run your own events.