1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my work placement at GEHC. I have gained so much more than what I originally expected. Everyone here is so willing to help and the company have a genuine passion for your personal development. If you say there is an area which you want to gain more experience or improve in your managers will do whatever they can to cater for you.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I feel extremely valued! As the year has progressed I have been given more and more tasks that are pivotal to daily operations. There is scope to also work for other teams and here is a real chance to network and get noticed. You are awarded 'Above and Beyond Awards' when you have exceeded expectations and proven to be valuable in teams. There is no limit to this and I am currently on £450 cash through awards only.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given support throughout my internship. I started in an IT role and I had VERY little IT knowledge but I am now creating macros, managing servers etc. This has been a skill which has been taught by my team members. Not only this but we have a GE MSN like platform, here you can speak to anyone in any GE businesses. I have used it many times when I need a more in-depth explanation on issues and everyone has been more than happy to help.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I have daily tasks which wont change and these take around 2 hours a day. We then have a communal email inbox as a team where you can pick up emails here, usually this is enough and I do not find myself bored or overworked. When I find myself with not much to do there are lots of other mini projects that you can do that may not be crucial but good to get done. I have also approached other managers when I am bored and they allow you to join in on their projects.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The responsibility that I was given has increased during my placement. The more maturity and eagerness to learn you show, the more you learn and ultimately have responsibility for. I now have full control over the daily invoice submission of EMEA invoices for our area of business. However, when there are issues which you cannot solve yourself my team are more than happy to step in and help.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills that I learnt here can definitely be taken to finish my last year of university and then when go to apply for other roles. GE has highlighted the importance of using your initiative when working, When I first started I was so concerned about following procedures instead of using my mind and thinking what I would do in this situation. This is important as it is at these times when you learn the most and stop relying on others.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office was great. On my floor it is slightly quieter but this is good as get most done and stay concentrated in this environment. However, upstairs is the Customer Care for EMEA and this is a lot louder. Everyone is happy to talk to you and all the different nationalities make it full of interesting people. We also have a gym, ping pong table, foosball table etc. which you can go and play whenever you'd like (within reason).
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was set up really well. We had the first day learning about GE and then for the next few months we attended other talks like product training, get to know your business sessions etc. This was a great way to learn about the great effects of our business. The job didn't really feel like an internship, instead a real job. I was given the same work as other people in my team and I was seen as just as valuable.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company fully invested in my personal development. There are some training that you cannot attend as an intern but this is understandable as we are only there for a year and some training can be hundreds! However, some day courses, all online training and other sessions are free. There is an online learning portal where you can take any course- even if it doesn't relate to your job role.
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?
Very appealing- I am starting my new role in September with the company whilst I am at university. I have another internship over the summer which they are happy for me to go and complete (personal development) and then I will come back and be able to work from home throughout next year,
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There are about 60 other interns however they are separated in three sites. There are chances to meet everyone but it can be difficult- you need to make the effort. The company put you all in a Facebook group before to give you a chance to get to know everyone
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I got paid 17,500 and I wasn't able to save anything but as we are close to London I did go out to London a few times which adds up!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife is OK in Watford but then you can go into central London for 60-80 Uber. It is expensive but a very good night!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Not so much, you can get involved with voulenteering and the guys set up a football team but if you want to get involved with it then you need to make the effort. There are enough people to join you but you have to organise it!