1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I was lucky to be part of team which was using new and interesting technologies, and also the people were all very nice and friendly. Outside of my team, everyone I met in the office was always approachable and helpful. I saw first hand the enormous effort J.P.Morgan puts into its technological division, and the desire to constantly improve their software development practices. There is nothing more I could have asked for in a Technology internship.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone went above and beyond to make me feel at home. Any time I had troubles with something, I knew who to turn to, and I always got help. I contributed to the team's efforts just as much as anyone else - participated in the discussions as equal, pushed code to the team's codebase, and my advice and opinion were always taken into consideration.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
One of the senior developers on the team was assigned to work with me and the other interns in the team. He was very involved and worked very closely with us. We did pair programming with him quite often, and overall he was very close to the entire process. The team's manager was also very approachable and often joined in our discussions. Also, any problems we had with permissions, etc. were very often quickly sorted.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I had just the right amount of time to do everything I had to in a day. I had to split my time between producing software, learning about new technologies, learning about new practices, intern meetings, team meetings. However, I did not feel pressured at any point, since everything was handled great by the recruitment team and by my manager.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was put in a sub-team with two other interns. In the beginning, we worked separately from the other in the team, but as time went on, the tasks we were given started to overlap with some of the things the team was doing. By the end, we had developed the foundations of a system which would be picked up and finished by one of the graduates in the team. We were free to do most of the design decisions, as long as we justified and documented everything.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone was quite friendly. It was quite a large office with a lot of people. There were kitchens on each floor, where people often got together for a chat, for lunch, or for coffee. It did not have bean bags or pool tables, etc. but I think those are unnecessary anyway. You go to the office to work, and except for the kitchen areas, the general feeling throughout the office is of people doing work.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I had to do a performance and development review in the middle and in the end of my internship. I had to identify areas where I wanted to improve, and areas where I had been doing well. My manager was very involved in this process, and helped me quite a lot.
I also received a free Pluralsight account, which I could use to learn anything I wanted - including things I was not directly involved with in my internship. I used it at home and at work, and it was a very nice resource to have.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I got offered a full-time graduate position with them. The whole process was very smooth. I did not have to do an interview in the end, it was just my performance during the internship that mattered. The whole internship was designed to make it as easy as possible to show off my skills, and I would love to come back and work with the same people again. This is why I accepted my offer.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were dozens of interns in the same office as me. We had organised a Facebook group, where meetings and events were arranged. There were plenty of new people to meet and hang out with. The recruitment team organised several events for all the interns as well, which were all very well attended and fun.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It was pretty normal, even cheap I would say. Glasgow is not a particularly expensive city, and the rents are not too high. Places like clubs and pubs are usually very well priced as well. There are a lot of places around the office where one can have lunch at, and they are all reasonably priced. I would not recommend eating out every day, but I was not particularly worried price-wise.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?