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Rating

4.4/5
  • The Role
    4.4
  • The Company
    4.5
  • The Culture
    4.1

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • My placement at Lighthouse Systems has been a fulfilling and rewarding experience. I was trained for the Job alongside Graduates and got to experience a proper software role. This placement has allowed me to develop my skills and grow as person. It has been a great experience applying the knowledge I have gained during University. I often feel that I have learnt far more during this year than I did during my two years of University so far.

    5/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • I felt very valued by my colleagues who were always willing to lend me a hand whenever i got stuck. They also took the time to explain things properly and make sure i was getting on okay. If i was having trouble with a task they would often come and sit with me and help me diagnose the issue and suggest ways we

    5/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • We have weekly meetings with our managers where we can discuss how the previous week has gone. We can discuss anything we like at these meetings such as how the previous week has gone or any concerns i might have. These check-ins were very important to me and made me feel supported as i eased into my role. I have worked quite closely with my managers this year, who have always been open to me asking questions.

    5/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • I was very busy at all times. There was plenty of work to be done. I had to prioritise my tasks in order to make sure the more important ones were actioned as soon as possible. Ensuring i was organised was important to keep on top of my workload.

    5/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was given a quite large amount of responsibility during my placement. I was expected to keep myself organised and to get tasks done. I had a large amount of contact with customers this year, through phone calls, emails, and even a site visit. As the year went on, my responsibilities grew, ensuring i was always being challenged and improving.

    4/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • Many skills i have gained during this placement have been Lighthouse specific. However, I have also gained many other skills that will be useful in any Software role. Technical skills such as C#, SQL and problem solving, along with non-technical skills such as keeping myself organised, talking on the phone, taking part in meetings will be an asset to me in the future where-ever I may go.

    4/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • General atmosphere in the office was really great. Everyone is busy and working hard but there was always time for the occasional laugh. Everyone is always willing to help each other. Everyone in the company is connected through Teams so people are only a message away. Despite being in separate teams, it felt like everyone was connected.

    4/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • The admin team here are very approachable and organised and ensured everything went smoothly for me during the year. Important information and notices were often sent to me through email. Any questions i had prior to the placement were answered quickly. If i reported something it was never forgotten and always actioned as soon as possible.

    5/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • The company were very good to me and always ensured they explained things concisely and properly. Anyone i asked for help always took the time to help me out.

    5/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Subsidised Canteen

    National Travel

    Company Parties/Events

    Working from home

    5/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • Many of the employees here also started out as a Placement Student so doing a placement here can be very helpful to your future career prospects.

    4/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Weekly drinks on friday and regular pub visits are very common here. The occasional trip into Crawley also happened. The summer and winter parties where we were put up in luxury hotels were some of my favourite parts of the placement. There were also other activities such as Bowling, Meals and

    5/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • I lived in Brighton where the cost of living is quite high. I do not know the cost of living in Crawley too well but i had to be quite careful with my money this year to ensure i was not overspending. The commute in the morning for me was around 20 miles which was easily manageable, but i would definitely consider living closer to work if i was to do my placement again.

    4/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Crawley and Brighton are good possible locations for a night out. I come from Brighton where the nightlife is great but others say going out in Crawley is also a good time.

    4/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • As mentioned previously, Bowling, meals and nights out were quite common during my time here. Everyone is welcome to join these activities when they come around.

    5/5

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

South East

June 2018


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