1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my placement. I really liked living in Oxford. I liked my team. I liked the job that I was doing.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I got on really well with my team which made work more enjoyable. They were easy to talk to about work but also other things. I had many opportunities to do different tasks and felt I had a lot of responsibility which made me feel valued. We engaged in social activities outside of work, as well as going to lunch together on a regular basis. We would also have regular team meetings where everyone, including myself could offer input.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
At first I struggled and felt rather 'thrown in the deep end' but this probably helped me to learn quicker and be a stronger worker in the long run.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was very busy on a daily basis. However this did vary drastically at different points in the year. In some months I was insanely busy but it did quieten down a lot nearing the end of my placement. This was the nature of the work though and was the same for the rest of the team in general also.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I felt like I had a lot of responsibility during my placement. In general I was doing the same role and the other employees in my team which was good as it meant I could gain a real insight into what working in the team would be like if I was to return on a more permanent basis.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My placement was not that relevant to my degree and I would not say that I picked up many skills that will assist me in my modules next year. However, in terms of helping me develop my skills for the future and for future careers it was very helpful. It was good to see what an office job and the working culture is like. It helped me develop my communication skills in a prefessional setting.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
My team generally got on well with each other which made the atmosphere enjoyable during the working day and also made work pretty fun. There was an overall sociable attitude amongst the office. The office I was in consisted of other teams also and it was a bit divided between the different teams which was a shame.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Maybe but not as many opporunities for graduates.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There are so many placement students (approx. 70+) within the company that the scoial scene amonst the students is great. Every Thursday the interns go to a different pub in Oxford which is great because it also means you get to know Oxford well. You have the opportunity to meet so many people and make good friends. Interns will regularly go on weekend trips together or other events which is made possible by the car scheme which allows interns to hire out cars for the weekend.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Oxford is a very expensive area to live in but the wage from your internship is enough to cover that (within reason). Cowley itself (where the plant is) is cheaper and good for finding house shares. Socialising is also at the higher price end but as long as you're careful with your wage then there's no reason why you should struggle.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Oxford doesn't have the most amazing clubs but it is a lot of fun for a night out. There is quite a good student life in Oxford so there are plenty of places to go for drinks and for a boogie.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are loads of opportunitites to get involved in activities outside of work. Oxford is a small city but there's still plenty going on. Especially with the intern culture, there are always people to do things with.