1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed working in the Finance department at Porsche Retail Group. The experience I gained, and the skills that I learnt over the course of the year are invaluable. I had the opportunity to put business theory that I had learnt over the course of my degree into practice which helped me get to grips with some of the more difficult topics.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was made to feel like an essential member of my team by being the responsibility to work on my own individual projects as well developing my role further.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I received constant on the job training from my manager which allowed me to develop my skills extensively over the year. I was also offered many off site training opportunities to further aid my personal development as well as learning key transferrable skills such as interpersonal training.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Work load was often seasonal due to the nature of my role. Certain times of the month or year were often very busy, however this meant that in the less busy periods I could catch up on work that I may have missed during the busy periods.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given an increasing amount of responsibility over the course of the placement. I gradually took on more tasks as well as assisting my manager with ad-hoc projects and additional month end tasks. I had the opportunity to develop my daily reports in order to improve the quality and value of these reports.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I was able to develop a variety of different skills over the course of the year from Microsoft office skills, to interpersonal skills and presentation skills. All of these skills are transferrable and will be able to be used in any future workplace as well as in university studies.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere differed at different times of the day/ month. At busy periods it was often quite which enables you to focus and there were other times where it was more lively.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I feel there are definite areas of improvement such as they way in which some intern group tasks are run. However, all of the training opportunities that were set up were very well organised and beneficial to the interns.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was offered a variety of training opportunities such as interpersonal training, introduction to Porsche (driving day), commercial awareness briefings and cv workshops. All of these training opportunities allowed me to develop transferrable skills as well as improve my future employment prospects.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There is no graduate scheme offered meaning it is unlikely that there will be employment opportunities after university.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The group of interns did many activities and social together over the course of the year such as nights out and pub quizzes.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was able to live at home while working at Porsche meaning costs were kept low.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Theres a number of bars and clubs in Reading that the interns would sometimes go to after work on a Friday.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I had the opportunity to attend Goodwood Festival of Speed this year, there were also opportunities to attend other motorsport events and intern challenge events as well as team meals.