1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I’ve definitely enjoyed my time at Egress as a placement student. Not only is my work as a marketing placement always varied and interesting with tasks ranging from putting together an internal newsletter to being on an event stand, but the atmosphere is also good fun, with monthly socials including activities such as sports day and pub quizzes.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I’ve always felt valued by my colleagues at Egress through peer praise and the various more formal methods of praising work. Various things contribute to this such as verbal praise from managers and peers, a welcome lunch for new members of the team, fully funded monthly socials, and we’re also able to shout out colleagues that we think deserve praise for a £10 Amazon voucher.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager at Egress was always so helpful and super lovely. Anything I needed help with I knew I could ask for some assistance and would be provided with help and guidance for any questions I had. My manager also set up weekly catch ups which were really beneficial in managing my work load and going through anything. The rest of the team were also very approachable if I had any questions for them and would always be willing to help.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I’ve always felt comfortable with my work load at Egress, and I always had a variety of tasks to keep me busy. There’s a routine of daily tasks but also additional projects that can include helping to arrange bigger events and database projects. Tasks you can expect to be involved include managing our social media pages, sending out email campaigns, updating our CRM database and preparing for end-user events.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
During my placement year I have been given a variety of responsibilities that have felt important in the marketing team. Managing Egress’ social media profiles and growth has been a great learning curve and given me a lot of responsibility in one task. I’m also trusted to get involved in lots of external customer facing events, whether this is preparing collateral for them or working on the stand.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I’ve developed various skills that will be beneficial in assisting with my degree on my return to university. Developing the way I write has been particularly beneficial, I’ve wrote pieces for the internal newsletter and event postings for the website which has been helpful in improving my writing skills. I also think my time at Egress has helped me to know what I want to do in the future after my degree and I’ll be able to use these skills to progress in my career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office is fun, relaxed, but also of a work hard culture. The floor is open plan meaning that it’s easy to speak to everyone around. The kitchen is also sociable and everyone sits down to eat their lunch together, there’s also a pool table if you’re a fan of pool!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
My placement has been well organised, with training on everything I needed and a plan on tasks that I would be getting involved in. I’ve been supported on all tasks and projects and been provided with various opportunities for learning, improving my marketing knowledge, and experiencing more areas in the business.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
At Egress I was always a part of any training in the marketing team. This included a SEO workshop and content writing workshop in which I was involved in the team training for writing on the website. I was also always involved in any marketing sessions we had and always kept up to date with what the marketing team were doing.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The company is growing at a fast rate and as a result has lots of new opportunities, roles and career paths. As the company grows various departments are getting new members of their team and the number of vacancies is increasing. It’s exciting to see how Egress will grow in the future.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene at Egress is good fun! There’s planned monthly socials as well as beer o’clock and planned charity baking events, but also often Friday night drinks or birthday drinks after work, where the office is positioned is in a great location for all these with lots of cool bars and fun things to do locally.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
As I’m living at my family home in London the cost of living and socialising wasn’t too much. However, London does tend to be an expensive place to be, live and rent in. There’s things you can do to help though such as bringing in your own lunch and finding drink and dinner offers to save some pennies.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
London is a great place to be and the Old Street area has a lot to offer in terms of bars, restaurants and other fun things to do. The selection of lunches you can get is amazing and there’s lots of fun places to go for drinks after work. There’s also flight club down the road and other comedy clubs which are good fun.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Egress provides lots of opportunities to get involved in outside of work whether this be sport or social. Some people play tennis, football, badminton, there’s also a steps challenge. As well as the fully funded monthly socials that are organised by HR and other fun social activities to get involved in.