1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It's been a very quick learning curve, but I've had direct exposure to high-level clients, project management experience and have upskilled myself in various software. There's lots of opportunity to move around and try different projects and people are generally very helpful in helping you find something you enjoy.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The team I'm currently in is very supportive and always try to make the interns feel valued- we get the same tasks and responsibilities as grad-level analysts.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Lots of support. My managers are always willing to answer questions and walk me through the different tasks at hand.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This project specifically was very busy, but this is very project-dependant. I know people who are the complete opposite and have a good balance too.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Enough responsibility to learn, and enough guidance to feel well supported.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
It's helped me to get a better idea of what I want to do in the future. One of the most valuable parts was meeting and speaking to new people who were often quite senior. There are many social and networking events for this too. On my project I managed to upskill myself in various software which will probably be useful down the line.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
People were driven and knew when to take a break (during quarterly updates/shout-outs/networking sessions etc) but also really good at their jobs. Really great to sit close to senior managers and listen to the way they liaise with the client too. Additionally there are many clubs and societies within the company that you can join if you're interested. They're also a very LGBT-friendly company here. Many people walk around with LGBT ally/Mental Health ally lanyards. Very friendly.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
My internship is 6 months long but this is usually split into 2 separate 3 month projects (with the opportunity to extend your first project if you really like it). We received training right at the start, the HR and grad teams were very responsive before we started and still helpful after.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They have been very keen to help me develop. My managers all set aside time when I started to learn about my priorities to figure out a way to help me get the best out of this placement. Because there are so many areas of the company they've been really helpful in helping me branch out into the different areas.
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?
Very appealing. It's a great name to have and there are many learning and development opportunities. Many transferrable skills involved too.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Not really within placement students, but within each vertical area (such as Media/products/health and public services departments)
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Central London, so very expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The closest would probably be in Shoreditch.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Lots of events are frequently organised. You can sign up to weekly newsletters highlighting what's going on, and different Yammer groups for different clubs and societies.