Improve the PIP process by providing statistical analysis and assisting the scheduling team.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
A great deal of statistical work was completed on daily tasks; this showed me the real world practical use of mathematics in daily life. This was very enjoyable as it showed what changes I could actually make throughout my career using data. Being involved with all higher levels of management also assisted development of my new found confidence.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was the middle point between management and the team, often collating feedback on processes and using this looked for a solution. As the year progressed and more of my changes were implemented I began to feel very well valued and when I left at the end of the year was given a really touching farewell ceremony.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Support was there when it was needed but was often left to my own devices; this allowed me to work within my own style and put my own spin on what I was trying to produce. Regular weekly meetings with my manager was there to provide updates on my work in the field.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
At the beginning of the year, I had quite a small workload and looked to increase this, but as the year progressed I was trusted to be put onto more complex projects alongside my increasing list of daily jobs. Routine meetings were also a large part of my workload and it was important to schedule work around this.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
At first responsibility was very light as I was unaware of the general processes and work involved, but as I was becoming more and more familiar with each process, I was brought onto many different teams and given solo projects which would shape business as usual processes for the future. I eventually became a middle man between management and the other teams.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I was put onto many online training courses, a residential training course and multiple classroom based training courses mainly resolving around organizational skills and communicational skills. These skills have developed many of my skills and working on the job has also developed my statistical skills as I got to use these daily and saw the real life implementation of these.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was very well organized in terms of the general placement and the training courses (including the residential with many other interns) but the first bit (month) of training/work was quite slow and a little frustrating (mainly shadowing people), but during this training I did get a much better understanding of the whole organization.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Many training courses previously discussed.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The graduate scheme is very enticing - both due to development and financially, and there is a large rate of interns that continue into the graduate scheme. I am expecting a call within the next few weeks to discuss the possibility of returning with Atos within some capability. I am hoping that this will be possible.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
This is a complicated question, placement students within my branch were quite rare and there was only one other. However, placement students actually have a really social network and multiple events (was invited to many of these by email but never managed to attend due to location). Amongst colleagues there was a good atmosphere though, often ending in after work drinks.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
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 many events happening in other branches (invited to many of these by email but unable to attend due to location). There was a weekly work football event that took place which I got involved in regularly, when the year was finished, I had a 'testimonial' match to celebrate the end of my year - still have the trophy!