Intern for the Planning, Regeneration & Development team, Edinburgh, GVA.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed it a lot. Everyone was welcoming and friendly, and they kept me busy and out of the office a lot which was definitely a plus.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
There was a couple of occasions where I was personally thanked and given supportive feedback on my work. I was also treated to a lunch out on my final day, which was much appreciated.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Once I had done a piece of work members of the team who had set that would talk me through errors I had made, and what worked well.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was busy everyday, but never overloaded. There was a guidance sheet of work to be done if ever I was at a loose end, but generally the team kept checking up to see if I had enough work to do anyway.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given responsibility, but everything was definitely checked before being sent out to clients. There was definitely more room for responsibility but on a 4 week placement there almost isn't enough time for much more responsibility, as the team only just start to trust you fully by the end of week four.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I developed have already helped me in my studies and it's only week 5. There is also aspects of the working life that I will take forward in my career also.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
My team was significantly more chatty than any other team on the floor. The office was all white males other than the PA assistants, and one lady on my team, and only a few of those were young males, this did not help in creating a fun office vibe. Also, due to the nature of work many of the employees would be away on site visits/meetings a lot of the time, so there was often a lack of people in the office.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
My mentor sat me down and discussed a work plan set out for me. This was not a strict plan, but definitely helped if ever I was at a loose end. I was often taken on sit visits, but I was usually asked a couple days in advance so I could make sure my workload was never unmanageable.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They often gave constructive feedback, and things were explained thoroughly to me. I also felt comfortable enough to ask for help if needed. No specific training was given, however nothing came up that I needed to be trained for.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I have applied for the graduate scheme as of 2018 but in a different location. I have currently got to the next stage. I would like to work for them, but no guaranteed job yet.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I was the only placement student in the office, but my team were sociable and I was invited to Friday drinks, and taken for lunch on two occasions. However I got the vibe that the teams generally were not that sociable with one another.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was able to carrying on living in my student flat, so rent and socialising was no different from my usual day-to-day living. Edinburgh is generally more expensive than most cities, but manageable. Work was also in walking distance, so there was no extra transport costs incurred.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
This is my usual student town, so I would say good. Edinburgh is a very cultural city, and my time was spent on the lead up to the Fringe Festival.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were no extra work activities. However, as my usual student city I knew where to lok for extra activities to do.