1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
GE has a great working environment with friendly, helpful and talented team members. They have helped me to gain the most out of my placement and have always focused on my development, making the whole process enjoyable. I truly feel at home with GE and have had a great year after learning so many skills and vast amounts of knowledge from my time here. Its a great place to work.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I have been given meaningful work that has contributed to the team while I have been here and as such have felt very valuable as a team member.Being given important and large tasks shows the faith that your team have in you and challenges you to preform under the pressure. Similarly, it reminds you that you do have your team there for support
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager and team have always been there to guide me even during periods where they were very busy. Similarly, In GE you build a big enough network that there always tends to be someone who may help. GE also has its own online training library with videos and instructions on processes as well as useful links and contacts.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My role was very cyclical and based around month and quarter ends. This tends to ramp up towards year end but projects can keep you busy during quieter periods. Nevertheless, throughout my year i have achieved a lot of things and been involved in a wide verity of complex tasks and processes, learning and contributing along the way.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As mentioned before, i have been responsible for a lot of different tasks.Some of these tasks were simple whilst others very complex, requiring me to liaise with different members of staff but i have never been given' Intern work' i have always worked on real tasks and proper processes. Some tasks i have been given charge of involve a lot of money and so GE do entrust you with great amounts of responsibility.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills GE have taught me shall help me in any job going forward, from the interpersonal and professional development down to the advanced IT and Excel skills that i have learnt. GE invest well in your training and development and want to help advance you as a professional. They often pay for you to attend training days and seminars.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office is a pretty relaxed environment with the option to work from home once a week and nobody wearing ties. Similarly, very senior members of staff are very happy to talk and discuss things with you. There are many networking opportunities here. Also, the office itself in Hammersmith is very nice with great facilities such as the gym, canteen and breakout areas.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
GE has a good amount of work for people to take on once they have started and so it is easy for them to set you up with tasks and projects and for them to support and train you through them. As such i would say the structure is great. You can always ask for more work if you want a challenge.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company always offer extra training, chances to get involved out of work and opportunity s to network. Similarly, there are many graduate schemes to apply for following the internship. At GE you really feel like a part of the team that is valued and constatntly having people time invested in you to build you as a professional
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?
As mentioned before the finance placement offers a chance to apply for the ' Financial management programme ' which is a programme of four rotations across 2 years all over the world. The opportunity is great but there are also many others for different areas e.g. IT and HR . Many programmes are on offer and can be applied for.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes there was a Facebook group set up at the start which then became a whastapp group and on there we would regularly organise events such as Gokarting, drinks and meals. We organised a Christmas meal as well. We made great friends and also useful future contacts. Similarly, as interns we would organise reverse mentoring schemes and various intern projects together.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Hammersmith is pretty expensive to live in. London prices for everything but the salary can make it stretch. Rent was about £700 a month for me but it was pretty close to the office which is right outside the Hammersmith underground station meaning the commute was pretty easy. Others commuted from outside of London, long journey but only about £300 a month for the train.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Hammersmith itself did int have amazing nightlife, just a few bars and pubs but obviously central London is very close and there are countless amazing clubs, bars and pubs there. Similarly, the are other things ti do in the area such as go to the local parks, along the river or watch a show in the Hammersith Apollo.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes. The interns would often organise to go for drinks together, paintballing or go karting but on other occasions there were team meals. Fairly often your team would go for a celebratory meal or a Christmas meal. These would often be in nice restaurants. Team events would also take place in historical landmarks across London, these make for great evenings out , exploring London, for free!