Global Training in Customer Services. Maintaining documentation, supporting CC, and handling training project.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The internship as a whole has been challenging but ultimately an amazing opportunity and insight into the business world. The working life, more than the internship was challenging, getting into a routine for example.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I only have 1 other member (my boss) in my team, but I felt really valued and like a real member of the team. My colleagues that I didn't work directly with also made me feel valued and asked me about my days etc.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I think this is a subjective thing based on each individual placement role (rather than GE Healthcare as a whole) but my manager was an amazing support and really took interest in forwarding my personal development, sometimes even making me do stuff I wouldn't have done otherwise - present at a town-hall, or write a weekly update for example.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This varied, during my first few and my last couple of months not really, but when I had multiple projects going on there was a lot to do, and there were good opportunities to get involved in other things.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot (again depends on the manager) of responsibility, so I was sending out global comms, giving presentations and was given the project-lead on a big team project.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Even though some days haven't been that thrilling or even enjoyable, the skills I've learnt have been priceless, I've learnt more practical skills here than in my whole time at university. Sending corporate emails, networking, presenting. The skills I've learnt will help me fit into a final year job easier for sure, and definitely help with my studies.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I had two offices during my time here. And both were fairly quiet - I was lucky to be sat around lively people most of the time. But generally, a lot of people work from home, or on the road. So most days the office is quiet but very friendly!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Again, this was more of my manager/previous intern organising it - so I felt it was well organised and helped me develop well. But GEHC as a whole had almost no system for organising interns works or even what they did. A lot of other interns were literally "gaps" for places they had no headcount for, or wanted to pay someone less.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I didn't get any formal training, in terms of classes etc, but my manager invested time and effort into me. Again, GE HC as a whole, didn't really at all. Apart from my wage, and the GE Benefits there was no real investment into interns - including no real grad scheme, which is very stage. only an exclusive leadership scheme..
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very poor. There are almost no opportunities for interns past their internship - out of 60 only about 2 or 3 could stay on or be on a leadership course. The Leadership course is badly organised with no one able to tell you the actual date you can apply, and even then the competition is intense. There is no prospects unless there is free headcount and you've networked well essentially.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Average, we were located in a small town near the capital, so it meant most people drove in. So the opportunities for social life was difficult, and everyone had their own groups - as there were a lot of interns across all the sites. But I've made some really amazing friends here, but it's mile apart from social life at university.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
As I mentioned before, as it's a small town there is nothing to do in the area, you have to travel in by tube for at least 40/50 mins to do anything worthwhile. But there were a couple of pubs and restaurants for peoples birthdays. The cost of living was a lot! (coming from the north) but compared to London is fairly good. A room in a house will cost around 400-600 a month. But the salary matched the cost of living.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There is absolutely no nightlife in the area. But on the weekend or a Friday it's easy to get into the capital so you don't have to worry about the town itself.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I got involved with the volunteering team, and a health organisation within GE. There were a lot of opportunities to get involved with, including events (Christmas party etc) and even STEM ambassadors.