Working with and being a part of the Change and Projects team, helping with office relocations, answering employee queries and supporting colleagues with other projects.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
My internship gave me great insight to how a business works which was exactly what I was looking for. In addition to this, it offered the chance to get involved with other areas outside of HR and I even got to shadow a colleague in a different area of the company. The internship offers great opportunity to get involved with as much as you'd like to get involved with and everyone was extremely encouraging. The only negative I'd make is that I'd love to stay longer than 3 months- I have learnt an incredible amount but there is so much more to learn!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was very pleasantly surprised that everyone was friendly, approachable and extremely welcoming. All of my colleagues were very encouraging and enthusiastic. I felt that they valued my efforts and contributions to different projects and did not dissuade me with getting involved with as much as possible.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My line manager was incredibly helpful and approachable throughout my internship and always responded to my questions promptly and with great detail. On my first day she explained my role and showed me the various tools which would be useful in my role. The Change and Projects team as well as everyone I spoke to in HR were always willing to help and I felt supported from the beginning to the end of my internship.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It ranged from week to week. Some weeks I was very busy which was great and others I was looking for other projects to get involved with. Once I was involved with a few projects, I felt that I had plenty to do and I was rarely bored. It wasn't difficult to get involved with other projects to fill your time and help and gain insight from other areas.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Understandably for a three month placement, I wasn't given a great deal of responsibility. I was not expecting to be leading projects because I was only with the company for a few months. However, I was trusted to undertake important tasks and fulfill them. At the beginning I'd ask my line manager to check I was completing the tasks correctly but she seemed to completely trust my ability which was really nice.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have developed great knowledge of how a business works- not just HR knowledge but also wider knowledge. This was exactly what i was looking for. I feel that i have a great understanding of some areas in HR but there is still a lot to learn. The training on induction helped me see where my strengths and weaknesses lie and was very thought-provoking. The experience has developed my confidence greatly and opened my eyes to how huge Atos is as a company and all the opportunities Atos offers.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office atmosphere was friendly, hard-working and pleasant to be a part of. I did not meet anyone who was unfriendly and everyone seemed to have a sense of humour. We managed to liven up the office during an event which encouraged everyone to participate in activities for charity. This enabled another intern and I to meet other employees and chat about what they did in their role.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
At the beginning, it was very organised as I had a well defined role and was assigned responsibilities and tasks. However, this project was delayed and therefore I got myself involved with different projects to keep busy. I was encouraged to get involved with other projects which i found very positive.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company pay for the interns to undergo a 3 day intensive training course in Wolverhampton. The course was extremely helpful and I gained much knowledge of soft skills as well as my own strengths and weaknesses. I think it's great that Atos offer this to their 3 month interns as well as their year long interns. It provides a great grounding not only to Atos as a company but to getting to know our personalities and the best roles which suit us.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would really like to obtain a graduate role with Atos and progress through the graduate scheme. The starting salary is very attractive as is the job description. The roles i am considering are in Global Project Management, Project Management and Consulting. These all sound like exciting roles and everyone has been so informative when I have asked them for advice and information about each grad scheme.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Grads and interns organise social events about once a week in Winnersh but many commute so it has been difficult to organise many consistent events.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Reading is quite cheap for food and drink, however living costs seem quite expensive in the city centre.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I haven't experienced the night life but my colleagues have said it isn't bad but could be better!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were lots of opportunities to get involved with activities outside of work. I participated in volunteering at a nature park which was a great opportunity. Also, I did the Wolfrun which I heard about through a friend at Atos. There have been some other events i have heard of e.g. Palace to Palace cycle ride and the Three Peaks- both of which seem to be great opportunities, however didn't sign up to these. Atos really encourages its employees to take part of activities outside of work.