This review was written using a previous version of questions that were updated in
Assisting fee earning staff with jobs, working on internal projects, listening and learning from Surveying Professionals and getting to know Savills.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The internship was a busy but extremely valuable introduction to the world of Savills.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt valued by those I worked for, and despite the fact they were all very busy they made sure to involve me as much as possible and explain things I was unsure about.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The support and guidance I recieved was good but at the same time gave me the opportunity to self-motivate and organise.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My days were on the whole quite busy, but unsurprisingly there were days when I didn't have much work to do. I tried to spend this time productively keeping a diary of my internship and getting to know my team better.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a balenced amount of responsibility, assisting where I could with fee earning projects but taking ownership of long term projects from my team leader.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills and relationships I developed during the internship, as well as the lessons I learnt, most definitely benefited my career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in my office was welcoming but professional. Everyone was friendly and the team secretary made sure I was introduced to everyone.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was well organised with plenty of opportunities to learn more about the company and meet permanant employees. There was an excellent softball and driksevening for the interns which really helped us get to know each other.
I would have liked the HR team to organise another sporting event for the inters during the placement. It was a great opporunity to get to know everyone, and despite our best efforts it proved hard for us to organise anything similar in the evenings ourselves due to conflicting personal diaries.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The internship program was well structured to provide a mid and end of placement review. I would have liked to have some basic feedback mid-way through the internship as well. This would have allowed me to take on board my team's feedback and learn from it.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I deeply enjoyed my time at Savills and was therefore thrilled to end up getting a job with them. I consider them the best company to work for and get qualified with in property.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Alongside the company organised events, my fellow interns and I made sure to organise drinks and lunches during the course of the placement. This was excellent and really helped me get to know not only my fellow interns but also talk to recently joined graduates who often came along.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
While we made an effort to take advantage of special offers and Happy Hours when out as a group, it was hard to avoid London prices.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Good, but could be expensive.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
We were invited to watch a cricket match between Savills and the West End Wide Boys (made up of players from various property firms) teams. It was a very nice evening in the Autumn sun.