1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my software development placement. The company is relaxed and provides interesting work that kept me motivated over the year.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My opinion was taken into consideration on projects and I feel like I contributed a lot over the year.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Management support and guidance was excellent. Meetings every month or so meant I could bring up any issues and get advice on projects and what I should do next. If there were any urgent issues I was able to approach my manager and speak to them at any time.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
On joining, it only took around two weeks to start making changes to the code and seeing those changes deployed. I was then able to pick up more and more work and balance it just right. At times when a release was due to go live the amount of work did build up, but support from the rest of the team meant I was able to deal with this.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Lots of responsibility throughout the year. I was listened to in the projects worked on and helped make decisions on the next steps.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Very useful skills learnt. The development skills helped in my final year and soft skills gained will help in the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Modern open plan office. Software developers all sit within the same area of the building. If you need help then everyone is approachable and will try to help.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement started with being placed into a team which had experience with having placement students. This meant that they knew what to expect from me and were able to help when needed. After a few months of settling in I was able to look around the other teams and projects and choose an area (with manager help) to spend the next few months in. This meant I worked in different teams throughout the year so saw how different teams operate.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Given access to a Pluralsight account in order to learn what I needed to, when I needed to. Time was allowed to be set aside for working on personal development/projects. Other employees also ran sessions on things they were interested in to help spread the word and get other people interested in subjects.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
After my placement year I was offered a job, however chose to pursue another option. I would be more than happy to return in the future.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Due to being the only placement student for the year, there was not much of a social scene. However, I believe there are now more placements being offered which should help.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living is not too expensive. There are lots of places to eat and nice places to visit nearby.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There are many pubs and clubs around.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were numerous volunteer projects offered throughout the year. These included development projects, sports events and more.