1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have really enjoyed being down in London for my internship. It has been an interesting time as I have not had that much exposure to the other interns due to the nature of consulting. The work has been good and varied and the hours have not been too long which is always good. I would definitely recommend it.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I have had two roles during my placement so far and I have definitely felt more valued on the second than the first. On my current role I feel like a genuine employee and not just an intern doing odd jobs here and there. This was not necessarily the case for the entire of my first role but at the start it felt as though I was just helping out.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My managers have been really helpful and have often taken the time to discuss career aspirations. This is a really important conversation to have whilst I am here as it will have a big part to play in what I decide to do in the future. I have had a range of managers and supervisors during my time here but they have all been very welcoming.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
On my first project this varied a lot and there were often days where I would be watching the clock. On my second project now that I feel like a have a genuine valued role I am very busy but the hours are still good. This means that the days go quickly and it is a lot more enjoyable. I would never say that I have been overworked during my time here as an intern.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
This is similar to the above answer, I feel like I have a lot of responsibility on my second role and I could really tell this when I went away on holiday and had to organise cover to make sure that the work I did was not missed. On my first role I was given a lot of responsibility to go away and own my own piece of work and try and solve some problems myself which I enjoyed.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think that the main skills that I have developed are confidence and the skills are working within a team outside of sport and a university group task. I also developed my excel skills whilst in the first week of training which have proved useful over the year and I am sure will prove useful for the rest of my career. Responding to emails in the correct manner will be another skills that I have developed during my time here.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was quite good but it was generally quite quiet in the day. We had some good team socials which really helped to bring the team together but it is not as you would expect on some tv shows like my friend asked. I think this may be because I tended to be working with individuals that didnt have too similar tastes to myself.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I believe it was very well organised at the start and I went straight into a role after a weeks training as did the rest of the interns. I am now coming to the end of a role and I am struggling to find another role due to only having 2 months left but I believe this is more a risk of the type of work than the overall organisation of the internship.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was a weeks training at the start which had some useful sections such as excel training and then a team task that gave us a brief introduction to what consulting can be like. During the rest of the 12 months I have not had any additional training other than some online training that I have sought out myself. Although I should say that the free online training available was of a great quality.
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?
The future employment prospects are very appealing. One of the main appeals is that if there is a job offer there at the end of the year then I wont have to do any applications for graduate roles. It is also appealing to know that I will already have a small network to come back to which is very important in the world of consulting.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
At the beginning of the placement this was definitely the case but as people got more settled drinks and events began to slow down. Compared to my friend at Deloitte he has a lot more organised socials within his alignment and also with the other interns whereas we have only had one really which was the christmas party. I believe quarterly events would be good.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Very high. It was very hard to live and have fun on the internship salary. If i did not take out the student loan for my year in industry I would have really struggled and would have had to miss out on a lot of opportunities.I think the main problem was the cost of rent which became more than half of my salary after rent which is just not sustainable.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There was a good night life in the area (London) and there was a lot to choose from. It really helped that I had a network of friends from University doing internships for various companies in the same city. I think I would have found it hard if I was on my own especially due to the small number of organised socials with other interns.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
This relates similarly to the above and because I was living in london there was lots of opportunities. Being a sport individual it was great to get involved in football, both with a team from work and then also friends where individuals got sign up and turn up and play. I also managed to get involved in a tag rugby team with a group of friends which was great fun.