1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
In my first project it was amazing - I really like the client and my team. It was a fun environment and it was productive as a result. In my second project, there was very little social interaction, lunches were lonely, and if someone was a level above you they acted very superior. So the second project had quite a toxic atmosphere and this made me feel very isolate; partly the reason why I resigned from my placement.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The overall placement is fantastic - there is great support from HR and your contacts. You are given a role and the projects are usually keen to get the best out of you to have a mutually beneficial experience. Biggest downside is that its a lottery to get put on a good project. I realise I was unlucky with my second project.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Official training was extremely limited.
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 will not be following a future career here.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
All the interns have become good friends e.g. holidays together etc.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
In my first project yes, in my second none at all; it varies extremely.