Aiding the Marketing team in data analysis, content creation, inbound and outbound marketing and web development.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
My projects were catered towards my skills and tasks I enjoyed getting involved in. On top of this Opsview put a lot of emphasis on the social side of the business. Events ranged from team lunches to 5 aside.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Bringing strong analytical and numerical skills in to a marketing team that was somewhat lacking in reliable metrics, it was clear that my work was valued and aided in whole business decisions.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Being the first Marketing Intern I did not have a handover as such, however on top of my manager there were various people within the team who were a great help, especially in my first few weeks at Opsview.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Work load varied from week to week. At the beginning and end of each month I found myself very busy with various marketing, sales and finance tasks. I did, however, have a few quiet days in between where I certainly could have been utilised more.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
My manager pretty much entrusted me with owning the Marketing Metrics. This involved tracking all marketing campaigns and projects through a series of Key Performance Indicators. The numbers played a large part in business decisions so it was vital they were both accurate and reliable. On top of this, in terms of a position of responsibility, I was heavily involved in the recruitment of my replacement and was asked to train her for a week.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Studying Accounting and Finance at University I did not pick up too many course specific skills. However, my Excel skills have enhanced significantly and I now have a much stronger grasp of the marketing and Tech side of a business, skills which I will certainly value in the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Despite everyone being very friendly and supportive, the office itself was very quiet.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Overall, fairly well organised. The inductions were sufficient and I was thrown straight in to various projects which is what I wanted. Delayed product launches and managerial changes did impact my work for a few weeks, but these things are often difficult to avoid.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was treated like a normal employee. I was provided with a license and admin rights for all marketing software. Where there were areas I was lacking in knowledge or experience, people would take the time out to get me up to scratch.
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?
Despite being a great company with very strong ambitions, I have ambitions to head in to London and pick up a more financial / data analysis role.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were only 3 Interns so there were not placement student specific socials. The overall social scene was very positive though, with events including launch parties, team building games and 5 aside.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home so luckily didn't have to pay rent. Commuting cost about £120 a month and I normally spent about £20 a week on food. Nightlife is not overly expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Personally, I'm a big fan of the Reading nightlife. Various bars/clubs/restaurants and with it being a student town there is always a young crowd out.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
5 aside was the main one for me, which took place weekly. Apart from organised work socials, there wasn't too much else going on apart from trips to the local and a couple of rounds at the local Footgolf course.