At my work placement, I really enjoyed it as starting from my first day to my last, I was made to feel very welcome. Not only that I was given real work to do with a great mentor, who always helped me every step of the way and I learnt a lot.
Like previously mentioned starting with my mentor, he was very helpful and would always support me along the way in every project. If he wasn’t around and I was stuck, there was always people around me who I could ask and were always friendly enough to stop and help me out.
Management as my placement were extremely good, I had a certain person working as my supervisor throughout the year, and he would always help me when I needed and even without asking would check up on me and my work to ensure it’s not too much and I was doing great work.
From the starting point, I wasn’t the busiest it was more working alongside my supervisor and a couple of other new starters and learning bits about the company and what they do. After a bit of time passed my workload gradually increased and I felt myself contributing more doing real work.
Like mentioned before, I started out slow by doing small bits of work that I was provided on a daily basis. After a month or so I was given more project work which would last for longer durations that we’re helping contribute to the wider software for the company.
The work I completed on my placement was quite Similar to what I was learning during my degree, such as sql working on creating tables, and altering them. A lot of job interviews I’ve since been on have been for the similar analysts role, which because of what I learnt on my placement will help me in a future career as an analyst.
The atmosphere was very loud, as the room I was in was split with an admin/reception team always on the phone to customers and our software team working on our support analyst roles we were working on our own, however we would always talk to each other, whether it’s for help or general chit chat, it was always a fun day.
Nearly every day there was something for me to do, from the beginning where I was doing small pieces of work learning about the company to time passing working on my own projects and having help along the way from my mentor, I was always doing something and learnt a lot.
The company wasn’t the biggest, so there wasn’t always new people or students that worked for the company, however there were a few graduates who joined around the same time I started so we formed a close bond as the new people working and would often socialise together. There was also a group of people who would go to the pub on a Friday to enjoy the start of the weekend.
As the location for me was in my home town, it was only driving distance for me to go to from staying at home. So that helped me with living costs, the area itself has a good cost of socialising for things such as going out into town for night life or going out for meals as a group.