Working with Financial, Planning & Reporting. Specifically the internal reporting of Actual spend V Budget for departments.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Travelport. I made good life friends as well as making good work colleagues
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt valued by the vast majority of people in the company, however throughout the year new people joined who were not as on board with the placement scheme and didn't seem to value interns as much as previous employees. Overall though it was a positive feeling
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
During my 6 months the support was fantastic and I got on very well with my manager and they were interested in what I was doing and supporting me. However, 6 months in my team drastically changed and the interest in my job went down significantly and the support also wavered.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was never particularly bored at work nor was I drowned in too much work.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given much more responsibility than I imagined I would be given and this was great! I was doing the same role as many of my full time employee team members
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I now have a deeper understanding of accounting, my technical knowledge and just my general knowledge towards working life.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere was very good, people are very friendly and willing to help. Most people are more than happy to have a conversation not work related and making good friends is an easy thing to do.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement seemed to be well organised, we all knew what was going on and the training that was in place was great for my role. No one that I know of was up in the air about what they had to do or found this process not good enough.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We had many training days for the interns, we learned life skills about graduate jobs and CV's etc. We also gained an insight into different areas of the business in order to broaden our knowledge post placement. If we wanted we were able to shadow other departments under a different manager and learn about their department and gain more perspective.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I know of a few people that will be returning to the organisation within the team or even a different team. There is currently no graduate scheme as such but they do hire graduates for permanent roles and are more than willing to pay for training such as professional bodies etc.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a fantastic Social Club that had events more or less each month organised by the company, also the interns did many events with themselves and there was very much a friendly feeling between the 22 of us.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living down South is drastically more expensive than in the Midlands and North. It wasn't too expensive but it did limit how much you were able to do.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There was only one nightclub in the town I rented in, however central London was just a tube away. Saying that it was incredibly expensive to do this.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
The Social Club organised many events as well as teams organising meals and drinks outside of work