1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Travelport provided a thoroughly enjoyable work placement. You are provided a high level of responsibility and treated as an equal colleague. By being part of a large intern group it's easy to settle in and make friends. The only downside is the location which does not provide a city experience.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Even as an intern we were completing work that only we knew how to do. We were providing real value to our business partners enabling quick and easy decision making.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Ranging from a mentorship program to centrally ran HR develop sessions. Travelport provides a high level of support during your placement. My line manager was always on hand if I had any questions and judgement free even if it was an easy one.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The start of the placement was quite slow as we got to grips with our new roles. Once we had an understanding I did not have a day without tasks to complete. It was a manageable amount but you had to work hard to complete your tasks.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The highlight of the placement - I was not an intern but instead given the responsibility of a junior analyst. I was given tasks that were fundamental in our monthly reporting cycles and given the responsibility to negotiate with colleagues outside of my team.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The biggest skill development has been my ability to conduct myself in a corporate environment and how to build strong and professional relationships. It will allow me to apply perspective to my studies during final year but has put me a step ahead of other graduates as I now understand corporate etiquette.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Extremely friendly office but to my knowledge not better than you can find elsewhere. The office is to undergo a refurbishment which would increase my score once complete but for now it's a pretty average score.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
In terms of integration to our teams this was a perfect score. The placement involved development sessions and guest speakers from people around the entire company. Only improvement is the structure to the shadowing period but overall a great program.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Many sessions were provided which helped us integrate into the company. However, no budget was available for personal development courses we wanted to complete ourselves.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I was offered the chance to return if I did not find a different graduate job but due to personal preference I will be seeking a job closer to the city of London.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
We were part of a group of 14 interns meaning there was the opportunity to. Lots of our group commuted from distance making it hard to develop a good social scene. There is the possibility but was average during my placement year.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The area is relatively cheap to rent considering how quick it is to get into London. The area however lacks socialising opportunities thus you need to travel into the city for this, therefore making socialising expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Beyond shocking. The best available is London but again for a night out causing logistical issues.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was a social club and football team but these were too infrequent to class the activities as endless.