1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I did not especially enjoy my placement year at all, neither did the vast majority of the other students.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Not very valued at all, I was doing the tasks that my team did not want to do such as sending out and tracking samples, simply because it was too boring. Frustrating as I felt I could do so much more.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Very little support was given, no formal training on any systems that I needed to use. Guidance was given as more of an afterthought. They didn't invest in you as they knew you were only there for a year.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Very little work was given to me other throughout the time, in the first couple of months I could have easily just not been there.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
While the tasks I was given needed to be done, not often would anyone pick them up if I were ill.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Not at all, if you are looking to develop skills from your placement year. I would recommend looking elsewhere, very little development is given to you and the tasks you will be given will not help you long term at all. You are merely a cost saving exercise and will be allocated the tasks your team does not want to do. These will not be mentally stimulating at all.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was very poor, very few people talk to each other and the average age of the workforce is 40+.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Pretty poorly in general, my first day I was not told timings to come in and my manager was off for two weeks.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Absolutely nothing. I was offered Excel training 8 months in, when I now knew what I needed to know.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Not good, one out of 26 placements students are now back at the company after graduating.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
No, there is one pub Weybridge, no sports clubs or social committees. We had 2 work parties throughout the time and they ended at 12 in Surrey and you're expected to make your own way home.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Extremely expensive, I was told the salary would be £16,500 a year. We were paid an hourly rate (I know around 20 people who did placements at various companies and Sony are the only company to make yo do this), this equated to you taking no holiday and working your lunch break. After tax and not working the lunch break, it was around £14,500, with rent costing in the region of £8,000 a year.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?