1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my internship very much, I had a lot of variety in the work I did, developped many skills such as innovation, understanding client relationships, delivering quality results and building an effective team.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued from my colleagues and really enjoy the work culture. Everyone is very friendly and welcoming.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I felt very supported from my manager, we had regular meetings to track my progress, and if I had any questions, or was light on work, I felt very comfortable with approaching my manager with this.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
In general my workload was decent, at times hectic, and some times find myself looking for work, but would just send out an email to my colleagues and would get prompt replies asking for help on a piece of work.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was able to sit in on client meetings and calls, I was given more responsibility as the internship progressed.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have learnt and developped so many hard and soft skills that wil help me for the rest of my professional career
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere is very lively, and everyone is very friendly and chatty. I was able to start a conversation with anyone sitting around me.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
An initial meeting was set up with my manager to set my goals for the internship
The internship was very well organised. I had the opportunity to get involved in a Corporate Social Responsibility Project, and work in a team, finding creative ideas to tackle challenges.
Regular updates were set up with my manager to track my progress and discuss the next steps.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
2 Q&A Sessions were set up so that we could hear about the different opportunities and experiences high level colleagues have had.
multiple training session in the local office to get ourselves familiriased with softwares and different calculations.
weekly lunch and learn sessions learning about the insurance industry and more (diversity etc)
3 day training and introduction at the start of the internship in Chelmsford training centre, was a great way to get to know all the interns from different offices.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The graduate program is very appealing, and seems to be structured and offer a lot of different opportunities for the future, and a steep learning curve,
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was alwasys smth going on pretty much every other day whether its just going to the pub, summer party, rounders at hyde park, JP morgan run, pub crawl.
There were also many networking events where we were given the opporuntity to meet many different people.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Being in london, its by default quite pricy, but nothing extreme.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
A lot going on and very busy
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Many events were held for interns and the rest of the colleagues, this internship allowed me to expand my network.