1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I had a great time at Ghyston this summer. The work was interesting, and there was a tonne of moral events. During my time (9 weeks) I went on a boat trip, a BBQ, paddle boarding, lots of board games nights, all paid for by the company). Overall, I had a great time
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
There isn't really a hierarchy at Ghyston. This means that you can ask anyone for advice or help, and the work you produce is treated seriously. Code is reviewed to the same high standards, and as such, you're producing high quality work that gets valued, meaning everyone treats you as a regular member of the office, not just an intern.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
From day one you're given both a project manager and line manager, the former being in charge of supporting you through your day to day project, and the latter as a more overarching support. You meet weekly with your line manage to discuss how things are going, any goals you have for the week, and ask anything else you'd like help or support on
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The amount of work I had each day was fairly constant. As I was working on internal projects, there was not the client deadlines and meetings, however you still had deadlines on your work, although these were more fluid. The work life balance was good, in that you got your work done and you went home, you weren't pushed to stay late into the evening
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Initially you are just responsible for your own work, however this grew to the interns being partially responsible for each others work, such that we'd be code reviewers for each other. Later in the internship I was personally responsible for a small project. They really do trust you to get the work done
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I study Computer Science at University, but this was my first experience of software development in the workplace. I've learned so much in a short space of time, having all your code reviewed really points out a lot of different styles / ways of doing things, and really helps with your personal development
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office is very open, such that all the developers are in the same open block. There is a large chill out area for when you need a cup of tea / for lunch. People do a lot of things together, there is always a group of people playing Super Smash Bros together, and a group doing crosswords. This makes the atmosphere very friendly and open.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Ghyston were very prepared for us. On arrival we had two weeks of planned training, with talks from numerous office members. You can tell that a lot of work was put into planning the internship, and making it enjoyable and accessible to us new interns. Throughout the internship work was thought out and prepared.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company as a whole put a lot of work into making sure we were well trained and prepared for work here. A lot of time was invested into us my numerous members of the team. Lots of books and resources were available if you wanted to learn more about a certain topic
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would love to work for Ghyston in the future. They really value their staff, and produce high quality work. All of the projects are different, so you get a good varieties of work using different technologies. There are tonnes of moral events to ensure you're happy in your work place
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?
Bristol is a little more expensive that other areas in the UK, but still a lot cheaper than London. Cheap lunches were available, and going out on a Friday evening wasn't to bad. Due to it being a student heavy city there is a good amount of apartments and flat really close to the city centre for a good price
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were tonnes of events. There were regular events like a dining club, board games, go karting. But also one off events such as paddle boarding, BBQ, boat trips. Even as an intern you're able to organise and get funding for events if you wanted. But also, there was no pressure to attend said events if you didn't wish to