1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I wanted to do a placement to get experience of the financial world before I graduated - my placement enabled me to do just that and it was great to be part of the GE family.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
At first coming to work took a lot of effort, however, over time my colleagues became my friends and it was nice to be included in socials and events organised by the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Over the placement I learnt my job whilst carrying out my role and at first I needed a lot of guidance, however, after a while I only had to ask questions when need be. Regular catchups also helped!
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
At the beginning it was slow to get involved as my skillset was limited, but once my technical and soft skills grew, I began to get involved in a lot more work - I never had a day not doing anything!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
At first I was given adhoc reporting where it would help the business run quicker and help with daily tasks, however, once I gained lots of skills I was given work which really impacted the decision making of particular members of staff.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Working in this environment has improved not only my technical skills but soft skills - all of which can help during the last year of my degree where I will need to time manage and communicate effectively. All skills are transferrable.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone in the team was willing to talk to each other. Meeting different stakeholders helped network around the business too.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
There were always new opportunities to get involved in during the placement and I was treated as a fulltime employee- had to carry out the end of year review and have weekly catch-up.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I developed my soft skills and technical skills to a standard where it will be much easier to walk into a graduate role and carry out my role.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
GE Capital is being sold off, however, it wont stop me looking for jobs outside of capital and in other subsidiaries of GE.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
After the first few weeks of getting to know each other there was always the night out and drinks after work now and again. We were a big group but we involved everyone - the more the merrier!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Lived at home so not as much as if lived out. However, travelling on tfl is pricey. Socialising happened at bars/pubs/occasional club so standard pricing.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Watford high Street has many different bars/pubs and clubs so when a night out was organised they were always something to look forward to.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Travelling by public transport for me took very long, so I didn't actively pursue to get involved in activities outside of work, however, I knew of different activities that went on for e.g. outdoor cinema club.