1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The placement was a good experience with a variety of work. The company were very inspiring as I could see leaders who had started in a similar place to the one I was in. Work was not always the most interesting but this is to be expected. The majority of work was new and challenging.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by all my colleagues. Everyone was very pleasant and on the most part everyone respected each other's opinions. Everyone was part of a team, there were a few people that were less friendly but in such a large company this is expected. I have made some friends for life
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
By supervisor did not for the most part 'support', my manager however was very good at putting time aside to help guide me. Between the 2 of them I feel like I was given a reasonable amount of support and guidance. Others on the team also helped give support when needed.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This varied greatly from day to day. Some days I was very busy and had no time to stop, other days there was little to do and I had to go find work from somewhere for myself. I was usually given a fair amount of work that was satisfyingly challenging.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility over the duration of my placement. It was expected that I run my own projects - although I was given support if I needed it. I also acted as 'The face of IT' for the duration of my placement and a lot of people on the site that I was based would come to me first for IT issues.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I feel like the placement has given me an idea of the skills that are needed in the real world, and how the theoretical knowledge from uni can be applied in a real world environment to the best effect. Also taught skills that cannot be learnt in a class room environment
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office in general was good. The office had a Christmas party and celebrated events like birthday.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The organisation was not great. There were several different streams of placement students onsite (Such as finance, engineering, Human Resources and Information Technology) and there was a focus on the engineers in the intro training, if you were not one of the main streams you were brushed to the side.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I had quite bit of training and if I could prove training would help me with my job or personal development in general the company were happy to send me on the training. There was a little bit of confusion over some training where we were told they would hold the sessions on site and then never got round to it.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Not great. There is a graduate program but the odds were sold as being really bad - particularly as I was not based on the main site- nor did I work any projects with the main site placement students as I had enough project work based on my own site
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a good social scene with a lot of meet ups organised by the placement students for the placement students onsite. We were also put together on our first few days to encourage good relationships. Activities such as paint balling and a Christmas meal were organised by the other placement students
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living in the area is very cheap and good value for money - both rent and bills wise and in terms of going out for meals and socialising etc. Transport is not too expensive either, - there are good transport links as well to London and other major cities
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Not my scene
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were a lot of opportunities to get involved in volunteering in the area, the company promoted the STEM network and encouraged employees to help with events linked to STEM. There were other volunteering opportunities as well – including walking a 3 peak challenge in Wales. There were also opportunities for other social activities as well