1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The community at the London office is great and therefore made the placement much more fun with regular socials. There are times where you can be bored due to not having anything too much to do but there are also times where you are really busy so definitely counteracts that.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
With the role I completed in customer sales it was hard to get involved and provide sales for the team. I was not given a customer to own as the time I would be there would be too short to be given that responsibility and therefore this stops large significant happenings. However, you do help out with other customers which your team can be very grateful for.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
When i got my managers time they were great and offered me all that I needed. Getting the time is difficult especially for one off questions. We did have a weekly checkpoint call to go over things.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It was a mix of really busy or hardly busy. Never really a mid point. You can be as busy as you let yourself be though if you create good contacts and ask to help out.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Minimal responsibility however, I was involved on major bids and projects which can be classed as larger roles.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I learnt a lot of personal skills which I can take forward and a vast amount of knowledge about different processes which I can take forward when starting my grad scheme either with Atos or another company.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very open and relaxed especially due to mobile working. Everyone goes and checks in with each other which is great and you are never cut off from other people.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
This was one of the worst parts of the placement. The intern process is very new and therefore hasnt really been put together yet. Most structure was put together by the students or their managers rather than the placement organiser. This was mainly down to them being very busy, this has been resolved as a new organiser is taking over. Starting with no handover was difficult.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Again, training was minimal. The experience itself made you learn alot but in terms of 'formal' training it was next to nothing again due to lack of structure.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
A good salary, good promotion opportunities and a prime location make this very enticing.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, the comity setup regular events every other week and for example the sales interns and grads formed a close group and went to numerous events as well as talking in the office regular.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home and commuted in which was expensive but no where near as expensive as London rent. As you can imagine it is London prices. It is bearable.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Again London, numerous opportunities for anything you fancy
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
All sorts of sports teams, all sorts of events, lots of different charity schemes and furthering personality.