1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I was given the chance to learn a lot, from electronical engineering to new programming languages which made me feel that I accomplished a lot every day.
Every other day there were new challenges and everyone would put their heads together to try and solve them which was my dream team!
It made me consider whether I would like this job as a permanent one. Before my plan was to try the industry, but have it only as a backup plan,in case I do not succees i having a career in Academia. Now I think I consider industry as my first option!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
When I was thinking I will be an Intern I was expecting everyone to treat me like I do not know much, but to my surprise they would actually ask for advice! I always felt like people cared what ideas I had and how I would approach problems and that was amazing!
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
During work I would struggle with new concepts and I would need to ask a lot of questions! My internship wasn't 100% what I have studied at uni, so this was expected. Every time my supervisor would stay and explain me until I felt confident with the concept and after a while I started feeling very confident.
Also, they were very understanding in terms of time management and flexibility. I had to commute to work and ,for example, if I would arrive late due to train delays or if I had to work from home when the weather affected transport during winter it wouldn't be a problem. This made me feel that I work in a very friendly atmosphere.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There were so many deadlines, sometimes I would feel pressured because I had to do my job and help others as well. It was good most of the time, it felt like very dynamic environment, but sometimes it was a loot! of stress. Working over time is seen as something normal here and sometimes I wonder how people with kids keep a balance in their life.
After I got used to it started feeling normal to do as much as possible, even if it's not always stricly your job or if you have to work a bit over time. The best part is I never got bored, there were always things waiting for me to do, or things I had to put on the side becasue something more urgent was coming up.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As I said previously, I wasn't expecting people to treat me as an equal in terms of experience and opinions. I was given tasks that the bussiness would directly rely on, which came as a surprise. I felt that I am trusted and that I am part of something big!
Ofcourse, with that came a bit of stress, there is a deadline and a quality standard to which one should comply but I enjoyed it. Here I acquired most of the skills you do not develop in uni and I learned a lot about how life in industry really is.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My role was related to my degree only partially. I learned a lot that can be applied in my degree and in many others and I also learned things which are going to help me in general in the future. Things such as time management, how to cope with stressful periods, communication and team work are going to be good pillars for my careeer.
The training was very bussiness related, but the tools I used during the placement are very useful in my area. When I look back and realise how much I grew it becomes clear that it was a great idea to do this! I would definetly do it again if I would be given the chance.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I work in a small office and the bigger one would always send e-mails about the events they organise. That was a bit sad, it is far so I couldn't attend any of those.
We did have social events and days out which were great fun! On a day to day basis things are pretty quiet at work.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I think the way it was organised was very good. There was an induction day after which we got welcomed nicely by our team and the training we received was exactly what was needed. After the first few weeks I didn't think about it as an internship but as part of the team!
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The people working there spent time with me trying to help me, explaining and giving me the necessary training.
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?
I would love to work here in the future. I think this industry is right for me and that I would have the opportunity to build a wondergul career with the company. There are many exciting topics I could work on, so I can only imagine that as a permanent employee there would be even more.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were only two of us, so there wasn't too much of a party. We got along very well I think.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I commuted so it doesn't apply to me very well. I found it quite expensive,rent and travel together, but it was my choice not to relocate to the town where I work.
In terms of socialising,the pubs around the office were not expensive, always having nice deals so we would go out sometimes as a team!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I do not know about that. It is a small town and I haven't seen any clubs to be honest but I did not go search for them.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are a lot of volunteering opportunities, but they were mostly close to the bigger office. We could join them if we decided to organise a trip together. Also, people would do sports for charity which I found that it was encouraged. One could as well volunteer in a location at their convinience(For example teaching programming in schools close to where they lived).