1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I found my placement year to be quite enjoyable with the other placement students as we all got along really well. In terms of work, the firm seems to be disorganised and that hindered my progress at first.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Generally, by many employees I was seen as just an intern and so major responsibility did not often come my way. My colleagues were very friendly but usually quite difficult to get a hold of.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My Managers provided help wherever I needed it and were very welcoming to questions.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Most of my work appeared to be out of the 9-5pm hours which I was not too pleased about this. My day to day work was quite unpredictable, some days could be really busy and others not so much.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Generally, by many employees I was seen as just an intern and so major responsibility did not often come my way. I learnt that if you want more responsibility you have to own it rather than wait for it to be given.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I polished my interpersonal skills which will help when finishing my degree and moving on to the working world. I have developed my knowledge about the current markets and how Atos operate within.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Great atmosphere all round. Very positive and friendly - made the working environment enjoyable. Everyone usually got involved and this was a good opportunity to network and talk to people you don't usually encounter during the working day.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I am within the second year group of interns for Atos and I feel that they need to develop a more organised plan. However, they are new to the process of interns.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm were heavily invested in self learning, everything from soft skills to business acumen and workshops. If you want to learn something or be explored to new opportunities you have to show initiative and go get it.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social aspect was very good, all the interns and graduate engaged with each other well.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Being in central London, the cost of food and drinks were quite pricey yet expected. I lived from home so that factor didn't affect myself as much as the other interns who had to pay quite a lot for accommodation.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife was pretty good, quite a few pubs around but it depends on what you are looking for. Most things are a walk away.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?