1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Im really enjoying working at GE. I’ve found the work constantly bringing new and exciting challenges. Everyone is so willing to spend time with you to help you when needed. I would love to continue my career at GE by applying for the graduate scheme. I would definitely recommend this placement.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I definitely felt like an equal in the team during my placement. My assistance on numerous projects was significantly valued. I was presented with an award by a fellow team member for my work on one of their projects. The hard work that is put in is definitely noticed and appreciated.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I constantly had a lot of support from my manager. We had a minimum of weekly catch ups to discuss my progress, any issues I was facing and potential solutions. My manager was constantly looking for work that would challenge me, projects I could be accountable for and that I would drive.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Some days I have had to start/ finish outside of regular office hours to meet deadline or to attend meetings. However on an average basis I have had enough work to keep me busy. The work load ebbs and flows. There are quiet periods and busy periods (usually around quarter close).
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
My team runs a lot of productivity projects and I wasn’t doing behind the scenes work. I’ve processed corporate bank statements, I’ve made presentations to the European Transformation Leader and I am currently running a project to save the company nearly £70K a year. My manager always said from the beginning that I will be responsible for several important pieces of work during my placement.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My massively increased by Visual Basic skills in excel. This will hugely aid my final year of study and future career prospects. Visual Basic is a very efficient skill to have, it has enabled me to make significant contributions to projects. I have also seen a benefit in my soft skills. Presentation skills, communication skills and general people skills have all developed during my placement. I am much more confident and this will hugely benefit my during my final year and future jobs.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere has always been good. Everyone seems to be genuine and caring. People are always quick to ask you how you are, how you’re getting on and if there’s anything they can do to help. They have been very welcoming and inclusive during my placement. I could not of imagined a nice group of people to work with.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
My predecessor was very organized for my arrival. We had several conversations prior to my starting about what the team does, the company and general useful information. I had a 2 week handover when I started and at times I felt this hand over was too long due to several quiet periods within the 2 weeks. Initially after the hand over I felt there was little work for me to get involved in. As the team got to know my strengths and how I could help my work load quickly increased.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I attended a couple of training days during my placement. I found them hugely insightful and fantastic sessions. It was great to see that the company was willing to offer the training days to placement employees. There is also a huge selection of free training materials available from the company to be studied in your own time.
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?
I am very interested in applying for the graduate scheme. I have heard a lot of positive feedback about the scheme and I think it would be extremely beneficial to my career. I would also be interested in other entry level jobs to remain within the company. My manager and a couple of other employees have expressed an interest in backing my application for the graduate scheme.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
A lot of placement students met most day for lunch. There’s a very strong community with several non-work related events organised from lunches out, mini golf, trampoline parks and of course nights out in central London. It all depends on how involved you want to be. There is no pressure to make the events but they are good way of meeting new people.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The area has good transport links to London so the cost is medium -high.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Im not at all interested in the nightlife so I am unable to answer.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were loads of potential activities to get involved in. There is a big community of volunteers with a huge range of activities, from gardening, visiting care homes and organising charity events. There are several affinities to join from GLBT to Womens Network and several exercise classes too. All of which are a great way of increasing your network and meeting new people.