Absolutely loved the experience. From a educational point of view I could not have learnt more from an 8 week internship. Every question that ever popped in to my head was answered and there were no stupid questions. Further to this I was handed a relatively large amount of responsibility in correspondence to me experience which is the best way to learn. The breath of work I was involved with was incredible and all in all there was not a single dull day. From a social point of view the team I worked with were an absolute pleasure and couldn't have been more accommodating. It of course helped that I am fascinated by the job but all in all It has to be a 10/10 here.
Everyone was keen to keep me busy and to try to get me involved with as much as possible. A genuine interest was taken in my learning and time and thought was actually put in to what would would be the best learning opportunity for me. I was given responsibility and was trusted to do a good job right from the off. They truly were the nicest group of guys i've ever worked with. I was sad to leave at the end of my internship.
Every task asked of me was clearly explained to me from the off. Where I couldn't quite make ends meet It was no problem, we simply went through how I can go about the task more successfully next time round. Every mistake I made was politely flagged up, not to put me down but to simply let me know so I could learn from it for the next time. I also felt sufficiently rewarded for good work which kept me motivated confident in my abilities and what I was achieving.
I was almost always up to something interesting and eventful, whether that be out the office on a viewing or working through a new side of the profession I had never seen before. There were one or two moments that the team was tied up so couldn't keep me busy or small stints of time but on the whole I was very busy.
I was trusted a surprisingly large amount in comparison to my experience level. This was my first proper experience of this profession and within days I was being trusted to draft heads of terms for clients and work out floor areas fro properties. By the end of my placement I was calling clients, holding viewings of multi-million pound properties and I genuinely felt like a true member of the team.
With my degree: not so much but with future studies in the area and beyond: an enormous amount. I have never learnt so much about a completely new field in such a small amount of time. By the end of m,y placement I understood 95% of the jargon being thrown around and had a very good idea of what was going on in my own work and in those around me. When I come to interview for future jobs and enter in to the industry this knowledge will be priceless.
Very friendly and welcoming. I was not thrown in at the deep end, Everyone made an effort to check I was alright and enjoying my self. The team was actually a lot of fun and in my view got the work play balance just right. The same carries for the rest of the office. I had many lovely convocations with people form all different departments in and around the office.
Couldn't have run smoother. The team was so busy that I was flooded with loads of cool stuff every day to get involved with. I had my own desk, phone, computer right from the off and was as well connected as anybody in terms of communication. Admittedly there was no master plan to my placement but there didn't need to be because I was able to just dip in and out of work here and there where ever opportunities arose and I really enjoyed this.
The company put so much time and effort in to me. Especially the team I had the pleasure of working with. If I asked a question, colleagues may not have been able to answer it right that minute but would make sure they made time to do so later. I often had a colleague take up to an hour out of his day to sit me down and talk me though the more complex sides to the profession. In terms of travel expenses to allow me to attend site viewings, these were all picked up by the firm enhancing my learning experience that little bit further.
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
This firm is where I want to be when I graduate. Amazing atmosphere within the office, serious scope for future career development and an extremely interesting line of work.
At the time I completed my placement there were no other placement students to socialise with however there was a very healthy social scene with the other grads and more senior members of the team. I was invited out for a drink after work with everyone weekly and met a lot of lovely people this way. Im actually scheduled to meet up with the team again in the coming month for a quick drink and a catch up which I expect to be a lot of fun.
Very low. Birmingham is a relatively cheap place and also where I attend university so already have accommodation sorted here. The commute was very cheap on the train and we all chipped in to the drinks and food after work making it very reasonably priced.
As already explained I go to university in the area I worked so am very accustomed to it. In my opinion Birmingham, along with Manchester and Bristol have the most varied and growing nightlife scenes in the country, growing mainly of the back of the music scenes that have originated in these cities. I would definitely recommend a night out in Birmingham, whatever your cup of tea.
In my short stay I wasn't offered involvement in any external activities however knew they existed and I am sure I could have got involved if I had asked.
Internship (1-4 Months)
4th October 2017