1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I loved the internship, my placement suited me perfectly and although when I started I had very little of the required to undertake the project, my team and my mentor supported my greatly and showed me how to do everything I needed. I've learnt so much and although I felt a little out my depth before coming in to the process I am so glad that I came over to Shell. A great company with great people.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I have been treated so well by Shell, no single person is out of my reach when it comes to contacting them. No it isn't possible for every single employee to feel like family but I have been looked after. Any questions I need to ask have been answered and I've even been for coffee with some very senior staff such as the General Manager, very different from other organisations.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My mentor and my line manager have supported me incredibly well. No question has been too simple to ask and inevitably because of their support I have become very comfortable within the organisation. They do get busy and that is expected within any organisation but if you ask in advance and give them time they always pull through for you.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I have been very busy after the first couple of days which I used to settle in but I wouldn't have it any other way. Shell is by no means expecting you to stay and work late hours, they give you a lot of trust and flexibility. My work is my work load to manage, it's up to me whether I achieve it working 9-4 or if I work overtime.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I have been given a lot of responsibility working on my own project which is now being implemented across the UK. It's very motivating knowing that you have this opportunity despite as some might say, only being an 'intern'.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Everything I've learnt has moulded me and helped me a lot.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I wouldn't say that the internship was badly set up, however the actual part leading up to receiving the internship after applying and waiting to find if you were successful was very difficult. I applied to Shell just under a year before I started interning with them, and my placement was only arranged a few weeks before I started. I was already under a contract with another organisation before I started working with them too. The actual internship itself if fantastic though, and I have enjoyed every minute of it.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
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?
They've left me very pleased with the possibility of working with them again in the future, whether it be through the graduate programme or once I have a few years experience elsewhere. Every intern has the chance of gaining a place on the graduate scheme, I am still only 80% of the way through so I can't comment on whether I will be working with them on it either.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The other interns have been incredibly friendly, we have lunch together every day and we've also been for meals and gone out with the Energie network (the Shell graduate network).
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It's very expensive but that's London for you.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?