1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the company. The environment was as friendly as it could be and that seemed to be the thing that surprised most of the other interns as well. Since almost all new company members are recruited through the intern and graduate schemes, the whole internship is worked out very well and no stress is placed on you.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
In all the teams I was in, everyone seemed to be overestimating the work that I did and congratulating me for the completion which felt somewhat unnatural, but I can not say I didn't feel valued, as, after all, I was a regular team member and we all seemed to rely on each other for help.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
To me, it seems that the supervisors and the managers at the company want you to try and do things on your own, which means that asking questions is your own initiative, which might be a problem for some, but every question I asked got a satisfying answer and I'm generally happy.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was never without work and the tasks I was selected for were nice, and although they usually required knowledge of the code base which meant that I was given more time than a regular employee would need to do them, which meant that I could get a pretty good idea of how it functioned.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Honestly, it felt like each of the teams I was in treated me like a regular employee, which meant I had just as much responsibility as any employee would. As a part of an agile team, the members share responsibility for the development and the health of the code and I wasn't excluded from it.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Since I joined the company I've worked with 3 programming languages I had no experience with (and one more I knew prior to joining), several different building and testing systems, countless agile tools and many other techniques. As for how they would help me in my degree, I feel like I have a better understanding of how a successful piece of software functions and I hope that the knowledge will apply to any future projects.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Relaxed (dependant on the office space)
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
As mentioned before the whole scheme was well worked out and it didn't feel like I was supposed to do anything outside of my job to make the internship feel natural.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was a 2 week training course at the start of the internship, which thought me everything I needed to know.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The company is happy to offer graduate positions to any intern that performs well during their stay with the company.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were groups of people that organised themselves to go out and perform different activities, we had a good SAS team that was always trying to new and new social events, nights out, holiday specials and many more things. Overall it's easy to make friends in the company and they are generally a funny bunch.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It was standard for Birmingham which means pretty cheap for a city of that scale.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The are around the office doesn't have much "Nightlife" to offer, but the city center is only a train ride away and it's pretty good!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Activities were pretty much whatever you signed up for. As mentioned before there are groups of people within the company that organised themselves to do whatever they like.