1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Cushmans. I was based in a regional office and was involved in a lot which was very valuable experience
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Colleges were coming to me with work to do and asking me to complete tasks. This made me feel part of the team. There were occasions where I had little to do and this was when I had to go and find something to do. I was sat in Capital Markets and this was my first place to go for work yet if they had nothing I had valuable flexibility to go to whichever department I wanted experience in.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had support from colleges and the graduate recruitment team who asked how I was getting on approx. once a fortnight. This was a personal phone call or email which made it feel as if I was valued
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Relatively busy, having done an internship with a competitor of Cushmans I was significantly more busy here than I was there. There will always be times where an intern will be bored yet this is part of it.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was meeting clients face to face and responsible for making phone calls to people in other firms. There were also tasks I completed which were not checked before being used which made me feel like I was not submitting work to a teacher to then receive it back with red pen all over it.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I did learn a lot at Cushamns. I had exposure to all aspect of the business and was given the freedom and flexibility to pursue any aspects of the business I was interested in.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
There was a good balance between chatter, work and helping one another out. This was a very good environment to work in as people were willing to chat and find out more about me, as I them. There was also drinks after work on a Friday in the bar underneath the office which I was invited to which made me feel part of the office.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I was sat with Capital Markets and was directly linked to them. This therefore was where the majority of my work came from. I also had flexibility as when there was nothing to do in Capital Markets I could co else where and look for things to do. This was my decision to make. My only criticism was there was a slight lack of information given on my first day. I was told that I would be with Capital Markets and I were to sit at a desk yet that was it.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They did invest in me. I had an email address and access to all files. They also laid on opportunities to meet clients and sit in on reviews of the company. I was even given the opportunity to sit in on a directors meeting.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I worked closely with employees at all levels of the business and this made it relevant to me as I could see what somebody at each level of the company did. This therefore gave me a good view of what went on at all levels and what I could look forward to if I were to work for them again.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I was the only intern in my office yet there was good opportunities to get to know everybody outside of work. There were drinks on a Friday and good chat in the office. This therefore made my time spent a lot more enjoyable as I could connect with people on thing other than work.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I stayed with my parents as I worked and therefore had little expenditure. There was suitable food and drink places surrounding the office which were reasonably process which made going out for lunch and drinks not too much of a scare.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife was good
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes. There was a few opportunities to get involved in aspects outside of work. I also helped in the organising of such events.