1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I did really enjoy is overall. However, the job is very project-based, meaning that if you get a bad project, you will have a bad time. But it can go the other way, you can get a really good project and learn a lot. I luckily had the best of both worlds, my first project was terrible, I did not learn anything and it was nothing like I had expected. My second project was great, it was in RPA (robotic process automation) and I learned a lot in an entirely new field of work.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
For both projects, I felt like a valued member of the team, more so on the second project, I felt depended on which is a great feeling. Especially when people, who have been there for years, come to you for advice. Plus, everyone I have worked with has been a pure joy, and very welcoming.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I didn't feel that my manager was present during my second project, so I usually asked for help from my developer peers.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
So, for my first project, it varied from week to week. Some weeks would be really busy, but other weeks we wouldn't be busy at all. For my second project, I was busy a lot of the time, having deadlines for process builds, fixing defects, implementing CRs and aiding in testing.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Loads, which is great. They don't treat you any different if you're a placement student, I think it is a good think, as you learn a lot more. On my second project, my peers didn't even know I was a placement student.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think the skills I developed during my placement have helped a lot towards my degree. Mainly team-working and time-keeping, this has been a very valuable skill learned while on my placement year.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in both offices was great, all the Accenture staff were very welcoming and everyone got along very well. Which is also expected in a professional environment.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was good yes, they provided us with 5 weeks of training at the start of the placement. This included a week worth of classes with Oracle, teaching Java, with the opportunity to earn Java certification.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Accenture truly invest a lot in you as an individual, they take and time and resources to ensure you are well looked after, and ensure you know what you're dong. With support ranging from career counsellor, to people advisors.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
They are ok for developers. I feel that Accenture is great for consultancy, but for developers it isn't the best. Mainly due to the lack of development projects, I was really looking to become a Java developer for my placement, however, here I did not find a single project for this.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, everyone at work was very social, and there were regular team events. Not only were there events within the organisation, but outside as well. There are many opportunities to get involved in extra curricular activities.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Well, it is London, so I don't know what you're expecting. Because living in London is very expensive. Travel is also expensive, but you can typically expense travel is your project is located more than an hour away.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Don't really know, didn't go out much. But on the occasion I did go out, it was fairly good. Again, it was the price that put me off going out on regular occasions.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Not very many. I didn't usually have time in the week to participate in outside work activities, as I travelled at the weekends and worked during the weekdays.