1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my work placement at Travelport. From day one I was given real responsibilities within my team and everyone was really supportive and friendly. There were a large number of opportunities for interns to get involved with including charity work and presenting in front of your colleagues in various finance meetings.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by colleagues and we were treated as regular employees due to the large number of interns they take on each year. All colleagues offered their time and support to help develop us or to answer any questions that we had on their roles or career paths.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager gave me a great deal of support throughout the year. We would have fortnightly one to one meetings to discuss how I was getting on with my work and if I needed any guidance. I also had a mentor who supported me with setting up shadowing and CV skills.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I found my job worked on a monthly calendar. So for three weeks of the month I was busy with month end reporting and then the last week I used to catch up on any adhoc work that was required of me. During these quieter periods, it is also a great opportunity to do any online training courses Travelport offers on My Learning.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a great deal of responsibility throughout my placement as these are jobs regular employees would be doing. As the year progressed I was also able to take on more tasks and responsibilities to ensure I was challenging myself. I also had the responsibility of handing over to the new intern when they started in July, which was a really good experience.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I learnt a lot of software skills during the placement through Excel and PowerPoint which will help me beyond my studies. I also took time to do some training courses on emotional intelligence and presentation skills, which will provide me with the soft skills for both university and my future career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere around the office was really positive - everyone was really friendly and welcoming. I was treated as any other employee and as an intern I found this gave me a really positive experience.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The overall work placement was well organised. There were various workshops and training sessions for us to attend like CV & Interview skills, which will be extremely useful in the coming years. But also the support the placement gave me was vital and I found it really helpful being assigned a mentor.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They offered development through the workshops provided as well as many online courses which we had the opportunity to do during quieter times of the months. These online courses included a range of subjects from Excel training to emotional intelligence. My managers and mentor were all happy to help with any development or any questions I had which would benefit me in the future.
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?
There are currently no Graduate programmes at Travelport, however if a job comes up previous interns are alerted.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were quite a few interns this year so we were able to socialise as a group and went on various meals or outings. As well as this, we collaboratively raised money and volunteered for a charity and took part in bake sales and various fun runs.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home during my placement year and commuted to work so I was able to save on my cost of living.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Langley itself has not got much for socializing but Windsor is not far away. Its great during the day with the shops and then you also have the river and Windsor Castle. During the evenings it is also a great place to socialise as there are plenty of restaurants, bars and pubs to go to.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were plenty of opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work such as team lunches and the social club. The social club events included a Boat Party, The Lion King and Go Karting. As well as this, we sponsored a charity and participated in some fundraising events with many of our colleagues also joining in.