1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my time at C&W one of the best parts of the internship is the opportunity to meet, work and socialise with other interns.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The company culture at C&W is friendly and I felt valued by the team and more generally at the firm.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Partners within and out of the team where generally supportive however busy so I found that most guidance was given by your mentor (Graduate Surveyor) or qualified members of the team who where keen to train and teach me how valuation was undertaken.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
In general yes, however in loan security valuation it varies depending on amount of instructions and upcoming deadlines. While working some days where more relaxed however if a bank instructed a short turn around in a report then the team was very busy. Overall it is a good balance from week to week.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
During the 6 weeks the Partner landed a large valuation instruction of a Retail Park in SE. The team was busy with other ongoing valuations so the Partner and I inspected the Park together then I effectively wrote the majority of the Report before submitting it to the Partner for review and fill out the technical sections. This was a good opportunity to see a large project from start to completion with a huge amount of responsibility.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
During the internship we had structured soft skill training which lead to group presentations at the end of the internship. As well as structured training I felt I developed some key research skills and my technical understanding of fundamentals in real estate.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It depends in which department you work in, valuation is more relaxed while transactional teams tended to be louder with a buzz surrounding deals.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The work placement was well organised from recruitment to ending the internship.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm was keen to train interns with soft skills this helped to present well during the final presentation.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The merger means the firm has a twice as many graduates and coupled with Brexits effect on the commercial property market I expect they will reduce the number of graduates in the coming years.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Property is generally social profession and most interns where keen to head out to the pub in the evenings
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Living and socialising in London (West End) is expensive but worth it.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Good, mainly around West End pubs and bars.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, a weekly softball competitions against other firms