1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed it. There was a lot of variety to choose from when choosing a project. However it was difficult at times because there was a lot of variety. It was a bit difficult to find a project to start as I had very little technical skills i felt confident in
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my colleagues. There was a good atmosphere wherever I went and all staff welcomed me as another member of staff and not a placement student.
From exploring different departments and feeling valued in all, it really showed that this was a very welcoming and friendly company to all.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My managers were all very good in understanding that i as a placement student and wanted to get the best time out of it. From that they ensured that my role was involved and that i got to experience a variety of different areas to aid in me in learning about everything
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was fairly busy, it depended on which project I was working on. At times I would have a lot of work and work through it and if I had finished it there would be something else for me to pick up or there would be some sort of training I could do, but I did have days where I was waiting around for a while.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a fair amount of responsibility. Depending on if i knew how to carry out a task it would be handed over to me. When approaching something new with a new idea i would usually be given full control to an extent of that idea and be able to carry it out.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Skills learnt were very role specific, this means that it may e difficult to find situations where these skills will be transferable. However, I did learn a lot on my placement (The way a project works, Agile way of working, multiple languages) ans these have helped e understand what a job in tech may look like.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very welcoming and inclusive environment.
Able to ask anyone for help without feeling judged.
Lots of mini socail events were organised in order to get to know people in the office.
Fundraising opportunities such as charity competitions got everybody active and involved withe charity events and connecting with each other
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
There was slight organisation. You were able to choose what projects to go onto. I think they should have more structure though, maybe by having projects that are always ready for a placement student. This is because it was difficult to find roles to go onto and by having roles for us that would solve that problem
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was a lot of training in the beginning and plenty of opportunities throughout. I was able to get free training in 3 new languages for free with access to an online tutor. I was also able to gain a certification for an application by doing some training and i can now carry this with me wherever i go.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Quite appealing. The company shows that you can move around the company and explore different options so that you are not restricted to one role.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
It was difficult to meet up with the people i joined with.
There were large events where we could meet up at but Accenture is a large company and not all of us went on the same project. Some of us had 3 or 4 other placement people on our teams but it just depended on what happened
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home for my placement to save money. So cost wasn't a concern.
Socializing can be expensive depending on where you go. As it is central London it can be pricey but there are quite a few free work events where there are a lot of socializing opportunities
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The usual London nightlife. lots of variety but depending on where you go it can be pricey
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes there are lots of societies to join and volunteering events available. I am taking part in a sports event for the corporate games which is meant to be a really fun experience.
There are also recruitment events you can help with like visiting universities and running events with them