1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Amazing opportunity working at Atos for a placement year. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience and being able to work on different tasks which tested my abilities. The support from colleagues is great and they're always happy to help. Great working alongside other interns/graduates so you don't feel alone as everyone is in the same boat.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my colleagues, they would recognise the work I would do and take the value from it. My work was never overlooked and not seen as important. However as it is a global company it is hard to have your work recognised globally and really put your name on a piece of work.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My supervisors were always on hand to support me with any work I needed help with. I would just give them a quick call and they would be more then happy to help even if it was to ask a simple question about a formula on an excel document. Before I had to carry out any work they would make sure they go through it and I understand, so you don't get thrown straight in the deep end.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My schedule has varied over my time here at Atos. Some days I was very busy and couldn't reply to every email. Other days I had not much to do at all and did nothing as I had completed everything. It's all about going out and searching for work once you've completed it.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
My responsibility varied over my time at Atos, some times I would be doing a lot of admin work and this didn't come with a lot of responsibility. However I feel this was at the start of my placement when I wasn't confident with the area I was working within. As time went on I was given more responsibility and was able to lead a lot of projects myself.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I feel they will assist me to a certain degree, as the placement didn't necessary correlate with my degree. However the skills I gained such as timekeeping will help with me with assignments and I will be able to schedule my time better and the confidence to speak to others will reflect during my final year at University.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
As I worked in a very small office due to the area I worked in, there was only around 2-5 people in the office. Rarely a lot of time to speak due to everyone being on calls and many people work from home. So I spent a lot of time working from home as I felt I worked better and it saved travelling time.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was well organised, when I first joined everything was set up on my first day such as my tour of the building, setting up my laptop etc. We also had training at the start to ease our way in. However I don't think the overall structure was completely organised as some times I had hardly any work and when asking others they didn't have much to give me, so I feel I could be used better.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They sent me on training at the start for 3-4 days with other interns and this was about personal development. However I don't feel it fully helped towards working at Atos but was a good experience. I don't feel my role needs much personal training and therefore not much needed investing.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
It has been a good opportunity coming to Atos for my placement as I may now have the chance to come back as a graduate. And this may not just be in the same area, I have the chance to work in other areas that appeal to me. Therefore I can see that the employment opportunities are always there.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I feel the London social scene was better then any other area. I worked in the Birmingham office and there were not many other interns/graduates in my seating area of the office so I hardly got to mingle. However the Christmas parties and intern training gives a chance to network.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living (rent) was a fair amount, however I lived in student accommodation with my friends. The wage more then covered this and socialising in Birmingham doesn't cost much, so it is liveable. There are many transport links so even transport does not cost very much at all.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife in this area for an Intern is amazing, there are student nights everyday of the week so you can take your pick! It is a very active area and there is a club that suits everyone. It's full of other students from all diversities and cultures and never gets boring.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were opportunities outside of work as I receive emails regularly about meeting up with other interns such as bowling or restaurants. Also many holidays are planned which you can sign up too and attend with other interns so the opportunities are there if you want to join them :)