1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my time working at Cancer Research UK and this internship far exceeded my expectations. There was a great working environment in the office and I found everyone to be really welcoming! I felt that the work I was doing was genuinely contributing to the team and I learnt many new skills during this internship.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Throughout my time at Cancer Research UK, I always felt very well valued. My team appreciated the work that I was completing and also took the time to provide constructive criticism and feedback so that I could continually learn. My line manager set aside an hour of her time each week to discuss my work and was interested in my personal development.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I also felt well supported and I was given a lot of support to guide me through my personal and professional development. As mentioned, my line manager ensured that we had a weekly one to one session, where she supported me with my development and work. In addition to this, there were a number of CV and Interview sessions organised for us interns to make use of.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I always had work to be getting on with, working closely with my line manager and supporting the rest of the team. However, I never felt overwhelmed by the work and always tended to leave the office by about 5:30 / 6 pm. I was provided with a clear work plan when I first joined, so I was always clear about what I needed to be doing. Furthermore, my team got me involved in work they thought I might be interested in.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
From day one, I was assigned a set project and therefore had a significant amount of responsibility from when I started. As I became more confident in my role, I was given an increased level of responsibility and provided additional support to my team. I was really pleased with how much my team trusted me and how much responsibility I was given.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I developed so many new skills during my time at Cancer Research UK and it was a real eye-opening experience! Whilst I have undertaking a number of different internships, this was my first time working for a charity, so that in itself presented the opportunity to learn new skills! During this time, I developed my data analysis skills and became more confident using software such as Excel. I also developed a number of soft skills such as communication skills and the ability to work well in a team.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I found there to be a really great general atmosphere in the Cancer Research offices- fun, friendly and welcoming! An open plan office makes it easy to interact with colleagues. Everyone is really dedicated to their individual roles and committed to working towards the same common goal, which makes for a stimulating learning environment also.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The whole process was extremely well organised. The application was efficient and the recruitment team were on hand to answer any questions. There was a good level of communication in the run up to starting the internship. From day one, I was provided with a comprehensive work plan and my team were well prepared for my arrival.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Cancer Research invested heavily in our personal development and there were a range of different interactive sessions and workshop to aid our development. These sessions ranged from LinkedIn training to CV writing and interview practice. I found these sessions to be really beneficial and will help me with future job hunting.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The future employment prospects at Cancer Research UK are very good.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
All the other interns were really friendly and there was a great social element to this internship! We would socialise frequently after work, going for drinks or for evening meals. We had the opportunity to work together on a number of fundraising projects with was a good chance to network and get to know each other. My team were also really sociable.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living in London is extremely high and that did limit me from doing certain things.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There is a great nightlife in this area as the offices are located in Central London. There are endless bars, restaurants and pubs in very close distance so there is always something to do after work! It is also very easy to get to different areas of London from the office, if you want to experience new parts of the city.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Each week, a newsletter is sent out to all employees advertising events such as fitness classes, yoga and volunteering. There are also a number of sport teams to take part in.