1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my work placement, so much so that I extended the contract for as long as I possibly could.
The placement is enjoyable and from the very first day you feel like a member of the team.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The teamwork within Egress is incredible, you understand your role and feel immediately valued within the team when working there. You are given updates every 6 months which are to drive you forward, offer praise and discover weaknesses you might not know you have and work on them, which is integral to a placement year.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Support and guidance is always available when needed, there is a given time for learning so you can brush up on anything you're unsure on.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The days are fairly busy but not so busy that you feel overwhelmed. Work isn't given it's taken, this helps give you a perfect balance as it means you are always going at your own pace and are never buried in several tasks at once. Giving you the perfect balance of work.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Responsibility is always something you undertake yourself when you feel ready. Being a team it is the teams responsibility to deliver great software and being part of the team is understanding the share 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 I have gained are perfect for understanding how technology is driven within a business. The social and business skills are much more invaluable in my opinion in opposition to the programming skills. Learning how to follow process and the different types of process is incredibly useful.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
There is an extremely fun atmosphere in the office, there are jokes going on an and upbeat vibe within the office. Feeling immediately welcomed into the team really helped when getting to know everyone and really contributed to the social aspect of the office environment.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Within Egress you get setup immediately and can dive in, help is always offered when needed and you are always sure on what to do. If you ever feel like the work you have undertaken is too much for your skill set rather than passing it on to someone who may have a greater understanding, they will walk you through the work and hopefully you'll learn something along the way.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There is dedicated time for personal training, and resources that you can access to help drive you forward. The company will pay for you a PluralSight account that will help you within your personal development and understanding different programming paradigms.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I am well aware of any employment opportunities within the business, and they have expressed interest in taking me back and feel I would be welcomed to come back if I chose to.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There are events that occur for colleagues such as going out for meals and having pizza together. The social scene is very rough around the edges in terms of organisation but is very good fun.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Lived at home during my work placement however I do know the cost of living is quite low within the Sheffield area, and there is a great social scene within Sheffield.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Sheffield has a great nightlife. I have been on nights out in Sheffield and have found them thoroughly enjoyable. There are numerous amounts of clubs however it's probably best to stick to one as to not get lost. Being a student town there are always nights going on and it has a great Rock Scene.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are many opportunities in Sheffield, I have never felt the need to take any of these opportunities but I know that there are many.