1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed the internship and was welcomed into the company by both my team, HR and the wider teams I had contact with. There were lots of opportunities for me to learn and get actively involved in all aspects of the team's work.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues were willing to take the time to talk to me about the work they were doing and explain its significance, as well as passing on work for me to contribute to. I felt that my colleagues valued my opinion and were interested to hear my thoughts on topics they were discussing.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was assigned a buddy who provided day-to-day support and was open to answering my questions. Equally, the wider team all took an interest in me and supported me during the duration of the internship. The work I was given was from lots of different people so I had the opportunity to gain a wider understanding of the work they carried out and allowed me to develop individual relationships.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I had a good workload - not too much or too little. I was taken out on viewings and client meetings at every opportunity which I really appreciated, and was often given work related to the meetings I had attended. Considering that my internship was a few weeks after Brexit, I had expected that there wouldn't be much work to do but that wasn't the case.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I feel that I was given a good level of responsibility, especially considering that I was a non-cog. There is a limit to the work that an intern can do, however my work was used by the team at client meetings and sent directly to clients, as well as to other teams within the firm who used the information to inform their clients. The team were keen to allow me to learn as much as possible so were willing to give me the opportunity to work on lots of different projects.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I am now studying for a Masters in Real Estate so the understanding of the practical work has been incredibly valuable. As well as developing an understanding of the practicalities of property, I also had the opportunity to build relationships with lots of people both within Cushman & Wakefield and from other firms which has given me a much broader view of property and the market. The firm arranged a number of training sessions for the interns, including presentation skills, which I found very useful and have continued to use in my studies.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was very relaxed, but everybody was keen to work hard whilst they were in the office. My team was sat within a wider business area and there were no divisions between the individual teams, with everyone keen to get involved with each others conversations. When there was lots of work to do though everybody respected that and got on with it.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was well organised with lots of different events arranged for the interns from development sessions to softball and drinks. There was also lots of opportunities to meet senior staff within the firm at different networking events. This section of the comment has been removed
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9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We were given training sessions on building your personal brand and thinking about how you conduct yourself, as well as presentation skills sessions. These events took up half of the day so were substantial and were run very well. I feel that the firm took an interest in developing the interns and were keen to see us do well.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I have been offered a place on the graduate scheme from the internship which means that I don't have to go through the recruitment rounds whilst studying. The firm took on a handful of interns directly into the graduate scheme but the internship also gives you a much greater understanding of the business and if I had to interview again I would feel very comfortable as you will have much more to discuss.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The interns socialised with one another at least once a week and often ate lunch together when they could. Everyone was keen to get to know each other and make the most of the experience.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is expensive but I was never short of money. The internship is paid and if you are sensible with money there is no reason you'll struggle.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There are lots of pubs/bars near the office and I would go for drinks with my team/the other interns/the graduates at least once a week if not more. It gave a great opportunity to get to know people outside of the office.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Interns were actively encouraged to get involved with sports teams such as rugby, cricket and netball. There were also specific events set up by HR for the graduates/interns such as softball and drinks events.