1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my placement thoroughly. The year was a great learning experience in a company that really understands how to train and guide new workers.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was never treated like someone who was just there to do work experience. For 12 months I was an employee of GE Healthcare and they treated me in this way. Because so many interns work at GE every year, people are used to working with new, inexperienced people, they were kind, patient and understanding.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was really great throughout my year. In my first few weeks when I was new and didn't know that much at all, he often sat down with me and went through things. This helped me get to work quicker and he provided similar support throughout the year.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The work came along in cycles. At certain times, like the new year when there are new budgets and analysis of last year, there was lots of work. At other times, like in the summer, there was less work. Fortunately there are other intern skills programs and events which you can fill you time with.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a reasonable amount of responsibility, being given my own projects which would end up being used by my manager and his manager. I was responsible for maintaining my own reports and people would come to me and not my manager if there were any issues with these records.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I developed and improved on a range of skills, from soft skills like communicating in a professional environment, to excel skills.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very good, people in the office got on well and were always willing to help. There was an office Christmas party and whenever people came back from holiday they brought snacks back with them, this was often a boost to the day!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well, there are hundreds of interns at GE each year so there is a well established scheme.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company allowed me to go on various training programs relevant to my role. All interns also are invited to take part in a further skills program to develop in areas such as presentation skills.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing. Graduate schemes are very difficult to get on but I would love it if I could get on one. Having worked for them for a year can only improve my chances.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, we ate lunch together most lunchtimes. There are monthly catch-up calls and we also socialized outside of work.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Working in Amersham office, the area is high cost but there are good tube links so you could live where you wanted really. Canteen is subsidized so that helps too.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
London is very close so that was fine
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, GE is an American business at heart so they encourage things like Fitness and Health week, where you can join group bike rides and so on. You are also given the opportunity to spend one day volunteering in the local community.
There was a walking football match once a week and boxercise classes in the company gym.