1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my work placement as it offered me hands-on experience in the corporate environment. A lots of tasks and opportunities delegated to prevent any boredom in the role.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt valued by my colleagues since there was a lot of responsibility given to me in my role. The tasks and projects involved were important to allow each of my colleague's portfolio to be monitored effectively.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Lots of support and training given to settle in the role within the first few weeks. I could ask for any feedback and support at any time to assist with my own development within the role.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There is always something to do to keep me occupied. Given plenty of mini-project leads to help build and maintain relationships with clients or the smooth out the processes for our system.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Primary responsibilities included making key decisions for the clients and after a few months, given a small delegation of authority to approve decisions on the system, without needing any referrals within the team.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
All this experience was very invaluable since the next job I get, I will know what to expect for a role in business environment. Developed a lot of interpersonal skills and building confidence in these will put me in good stead back at university whether its presentation, excel manipulation or general communication.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Fun and lots of laughs within the team. Upbeat most of the time and at busy periods this occurs less due to hard working commitments to complete the job as a team within the deadline.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The organisation reiterated the importance of having interns to help them progress and develop as a person - gaining experience to improve interpersonal skills and this links to the culture of the company; behaviour anchors and beliefs to grow and prosper.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
A lot of time given to me when I wanted any feedback and support on activities or tasks. The team were always willing to give up their time to help with my own development and this benefited the team activities in the long term throughout the 12 months.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Although no intern has been offered contracts back to the organisation they always recommend to apply for the graduate leadership programmes. Due to the restructuring and sell off of some of the businesses, a strict budget to rehire. However, reference from this placement will put me in a good advantage.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
A general good feel to get involved with other teams and departments in various extra curricular activities such as a whole site engagement, volunteering or various clubs. Plenty of opportunities to learn about different roles and departments in aiding with own key decisions.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Although located outside the main city, the costs of living were reasonable, to compared say the capital: London. Easy transport links to the city centre and other towns and cities around the area.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
With easy access to transport links to the main city centre, there's loads of shops, clubs, restaurants to try across the city. Can try one different one each week and after a year there would be lots left so plenty of choice!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Various extra curricular activities to get involved. Joining communities like Volunteering, Keeping fit, Site Engagement useful in helping out the organisation continue its fun across the office. Bringing in new ideas and getting everyone engaged shows the strong culture in the company.