1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my placement, the environment is extremely friendly and welcoming. Over my placement I have been very fortunate to meet lots of people and network with lots of people! The intern environment is also very friendly and with such a large group, there is always something to do.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was very fortunate to have a really great team, that were always very supportive and helpful when I first started. I am now the go to for lots of projects and feel that when I leave I will be missed. However, I felt that my manager didn't necessarily value/see all the work I did. Whereas, the rest of my team and other colleagues did.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I felt that my manager supported me well with projects and management of my tasks. However, I don't feel as though I was guided well or given feedback at the appropriate time. However, my senior management has been amazing and I have learnt a great deal from them on how to manage well and I will use a lot of these in the future.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was very busy during my placement after the first couple of months. I rarely left the office at 5pm, but this was due to my work ethic and work load. Over the last 3 months, I have been without a direct manager. So I have been doing the work of two people, so was extremely busy.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Initially you're eased into the role, to enable you to learn all the aspects. However, after a few month I was in control and asked for more responsibilities. I am doing significantly more than my previous intern and in the past few months have been looking after my team by 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 that the biggest thing I have learnt it time management and this will be a valuable skill for me when I go back to uni. I have also learnt how to work and manage various different people. I have also learnt how to use office applications in ways i didn't previously know.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
My division is extremely friendly and chatty which suited me well. However, it was very last minute at times, meaning that around deadlines there was a lot of stress. However, people are more than happy to have a coffee and a chat, which isn't the case in a lot of office.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I feel as though my placement was very well set up and my role was key to the team. The transition into the company and the way that everything was run was very smooth. Even the process to be given laptops was very smooth, when I thought it would have taken time.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company does invest a lot into it's interns and you have plenty of opportunities to forward yourself. However, I felt that being in the role that I was in has hindered me. As my feedback from my manager that my role, had put me at a disadvantage relative to other interns as it was too specific.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The talent track has opened up another avenue to go down which is good. I have also been told by colleagues that they would offer my roles and I would happily come back. However, my manager is probably the only reason I wouldn't come back if I had to pick a reason. But for an overall company I would recommend it to anyone.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The initial social scene within the intern group was really good as everyone was up for it. However, after a few months people started to form little groups and only go out with themselves. The elected social secs also did an extremely poor job of organising events and this made the social scene pretty poor.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London as a whole can be as expensive or as inexpensive as you want. Housing as a whole is very expensive, but you can honestly choose how expensive you want it to be. One of my housemates was extremely cautious and would only go to spoons. Whereas the other would go out to expensive areas.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Again this varies on what you are looking for. If you're looking for a casual drink after work or just a nice chilled pub/bar it is really good. However, if you're looking for a night club you will have to travel to other parts of London. Though Hammersmith is very well connected.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Again this varies on what you are looking for. We had a 5 a side football team, which we played on Thursday. The girls had a netball team and there was also a running club that people could join. You can make as much or as little of opportunities outside of work.