You can see all this years job descriptions at: https://placements.prospectsoft.com/
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have really enjoyed working at ProspectSoft and have had a highly satisfying, enjoyable and rewarding placement experience. You become so immersed in the company that the 13 months absolutely fly by, meeting some fantastic people along the way and enjoying both the work and social side of being part of an SME.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
You are treated and valued as a full time member of staff and under no circumstances are you ever made to feel otherwise. Placements are such an important part of ProspectSoft and you settle in very quickly to the "ProspectSoft family". With so many of the employees once being placement students, placements are a way of life for ProspectSoft!
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Early on in my placement, I always felt comfortable asking for support and guidance and was always helped out by my managers. They not only help out but do so with enthusiasm and I really got the sense that the management team wanted to help me improve and grow as a business person. No question is ever "silly" at ProspectSoft, especially early on when placements are new to the industry and have plenty to ask about software.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
As with any job, workloads tended to fluctuate however I was always busy enough to prevent any boredom from setting in. For a large period I took on another role alongside my day to day job which certainly kept me very busy but this is something I really enjoyed. As well as the general day to day work that comes with my role, I was also encouraged to generate my own work which was a great skill to learn as this allowed me to contribute real value to the business.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I would say this is one of the most attractive things about the placement scheme. As I've already mentioned, you are treated as a full time employee and given the same levels of responsibility so you are able to make a difference to the business. It becomes apparent very quickly how much ProspectSoft value their placement students and this kind of responsibility motivated me to work hard and get the most out of the year not only for myself, but for the company,
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have gained a perspective on Business and Management studies that I previously didn't have. Seeing theories in practice has helped me understand them in a whole new light and I feel that I will be able to go back to my final year at university with massive confidence. I have been very motivated by ProspectSoft's returning placement students telling me how their grades improved dramatically after their placement year and I'm very confident that I will be able to achieve the same results using the skills and training that I've learnt.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
A good balance between fun and hard working! You get to know everyone in your office really well and this creates a very positive working environment in which ideas are shared. It is easy to work hard and focus if you have a lot to do and is also an environment that promotes team working and communication.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The ProspectSoft placement scheme has been running for a long time now and continues to be improved every year through constructive feedback from the previous years placement students. This has resulted in a very organised and well run placement scheme that fully deserves all the awards that it has won.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was given the opportunity to work in different departments across the company and essentially, experience any aspect of the business that I wanted to. This gave me a great opportunity to understand how other departments work which helped broaden my general business knowledge. For example, if I wanted to understand more about the admin/finance side of the business, all I had to do was ask and it would be organised.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Many placement students return to work at ProspectSoft and getting offered a job at the end of your placement year is an incentive that has kept me motivated to work hard and do well through my time as a placement student at ProspectSoft. A current director of the company used to be a placement student and many are is managerial positions and this shows that there are strong future employment prospects.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Most of the placement students tend to live in Oxford (this is where I lived) and despite being on the expensive side, it is a student city and therefore they are plenty of students that live in Oxford and get by just fine. The only cost that is higher than other places would be rent, but again, loads of students cope with this and I was fine with it.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There isn't much going on in Stokenchurch but everyone lives in Oxford which is a great night out as it is a student city. There are plenty of bars, pubs and clubs.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were loads of opportunities! I made some really good friends on my placement year and got involved in a whole range of social activities outside of work. There is also a social committee in which placement students are welcome to be a part of. Some of the activities I got involved in include:
- 6 a side competitive football team (I helped set the team up) #VivaProspectivo
- Escape Rooms
- Eating Out
- FIFA/Rocket League Tournaments
- Board Games
- Indoor Social Football
- Henley Regatta
- Indoor Sledging