1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I absolutely loved it as I worked for the company of my dreams in the product department - the products of my dreams.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt quite valued, you're not just a number in this company, they really welcome you and treat you as an employee.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My team and senionr managers were really supportive and have helped me develop my skill set, industry knowledge and that's really helped me enjoy my time here even more!
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was quite busy on a daily basis but never too busy. We get the opportunity to work flexible so you can work from home if you prefer doing it this way.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was running an entire fleet of cars and had many other responsibilities which affected the business as a whole. Additionally, I was given a lot of freedom to make decisions and take ownership of important projects.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think this has by far been the most valuable year out of my studies. It is really easy to appreciate the help and support this company gives you.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was great, fun and engaging. I was wokring in a very close-knit team so it was great.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was quite well organised - there were a few issues with a contract delay before I'd started but overally I think it was good.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
It could have been slightly more. I almost went on a driver training in Germany and it was a real shame that they didn't send me at the end. According to the company, the plane tickets were too expensive and did not justify the remaining time I had (about 3-4 months before the placement ended).
I was quite annoyed by this but then my successor is going to attend the driver training next year when he starts at the role so I think the issue was that this was introduced too late in the year.
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?
Very appealing. They don't have a graduate scheme at the moment but there is a student programme where they give a chance to 3 of the 22 placement students to come back to the business after they graduate. It's a hard programme to get on but if you do, they contribute £1,000 towards your univeristy fee and it's quite good in general!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yeah, most students got along well, went out, enjoyed BBQs etc. I was always busy(outside of work) so had to skip some of these occasions.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It was quite expensive for a student. As I'm international as well, I had to work the year before in order to save money in advance. This can be expected though as the area is fairly close to London(Farnborough).
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Farnborough wasn't relaly good but Reading is fairly close and that's where most people go out and have fun.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yep, quite a few opportunities - from charity events to football games, it was fun.