Intern at GE (General Electric)

Placement Year (10 Months+)
London South East
Review Date
£20,000 - £21,999
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The Role



The Role

Role Description

I was an intern for a large multinational corporation and I provided support and engagement with a number of functionaries and stakeholders to enable and enhance projects.

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

Ultimately, I would say that I greatly enjoyed my work placement year. It provided multiple avenues for enjoyment and fully satisfied my goals when starting my work placement. I feel that I have grown immensely over the course of my work placement and will look back fondly with every moment of my work placement.


2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

When all things are considered, I would say that, ultimately, I feel greatly valued by all of my colleagues during my work placement. My colleagues demonstrated the great value that they placed in me during my work placement by providing excellent and relevant feedback and engaging me in career affirming work. I fully anticipate remaining in long standing contact with my colleagues.


3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

I have to say that over the course of my work placement, my management and supervisors provided excellent support and very useful guidance. My management provided beneficial, clear and precise guidance to allow me to grow my career both inside and outside of my current work environment on my work placement. My supervisor also provided useful and important support.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Overall I would say that on an average daily basis I was at an ideal level of busy. While there were times when I was busy and there were times when, conversely, I was not busy, looking back at the duration of my work placement I would say that the work achieved a near perfect balance.


5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

Ultimately, when I consider the full range of responsibilities that I was given during my year long work placement I would say that I received a great deal of responsibility. While there were projects where my level of responsibility was lower, due to operating as a team, there were other projects where my level of responsibility was higher, due to managing the team.


6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I have to say, speaking with total honesty, that the skills that I have developed over the course of my work placement will greatly assist me in developing my career. Further the training I received during my work placement, while generally specific (though some training was applicable to all industries) to the necessities of the industry of my placement, will be applicable for nearly my entire life.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

In thinking about the general atmosphere in my office I have to say, on fair consideration, that the atmosphere was vibrant and effervescent. While the office atmosphere did allow and encourage the productive work environment it also encouraged a collegiate and convivial spirit of collaboration that made coming to work a joy. That being said occasionally the atmosphere in the office took a slight downturn, of about twenty percent.


8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

Looking back with hindsight at the organisation of the work placement, especially in terms of the underlying set up I would say that the impression I had was very good. I feel that the original application process was very well organised. Beyond that the induction process was set up very well and moved along nearly seamlessly (though not quite) . Through the duration of the work placement, the ongoing organisation was conducted to a high standard.


9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

Over the duration of my work placement I would say that the company invested extensively in my personal training and development. This was conducted both by a high level of internal training conducted by the company itself and by external trainers. The internal training was very useful and developed a number of useful skills both for the work placement itself and further career development in future. The external training conversely was very interesting and engaging and touched on topics that were applicable primarily in the development of wider secondary skills but also ideas and techniques useful within the company.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
  • Healthcare/Dental
  • Travel loan

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

It cannot be overstated or undersold how appealing the prospect of future employment within the organisation is. The company provides such an appealing scope to develop a long term career through gainful and exciting employment that I, speaking personally, am greatly excited by the possibility of future employment with the company. The option within the organisation to develop skills, ideas and techniques across a range of diverse and engaging sectors is exciting.



12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Yes, the social scene among my fellow placement students and indeed among the wider colleague pool was excellent. It was convivial and engaging and truly lead to a feeling of near university level togetherness and encouraged the birth of life long friendships and furthermore inspired new hobbies, interests and life goals.


13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

I have to be honest this was a concern of mine. When I started the work placement I was deeply concerned both by the potential high cost of living in an area like where my work placement was located. Beyond this I was uncertain as to how I would be able to finance any kind of social activity, considering the cost of socializing in the local area. However when I arrived I realized my fears were unfounded and living and socializing was relatively cheap.


14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Looking back on my work placement I have to say that the nighlife in the area that I worked was great. Not quite awesome, maybe twenty percent shy of awesome but definitely great. There were a large number of clubs, bars, pubs, restaurants and venues all providing a diverse and fun nightlife. The surrounding area was full of like-minded individuals ensuring a fun, larger group, outside of work with which to socialise. That being said buses were tricky.


15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

I would, being open here, say that the opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work were nearly endless but not actually endless. Due to the area in which my work placement was based the activities included social, sporting, volunteering, recreational, spiritual, educational and enhancing activities which were available to be engaged with.