1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I was supported and was able to travel around the world to lean and network with other employees and partners.
I was recognized by other employees in the company and praised for my good work..
My placement was successful in developing both my social and subject specific skills.
I hope to return after my degree.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues supported and invested time and money into my development, always asking what I wanted at that moment and in the future to further develop my self.
I was shocked about how much they respected my opinion and what tasks they relied upon me to complete.
Overall i believe I made an impact on the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had weekly meetings with my manager and colleagues to ask about my development and what I would like to achieve next.
My manager pushed me every step of the way and always knew how much pressure to put onto me at any one time.
I ended up reaching all my goals during my year and have no regrets.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My position had times where it was very quiet for a few days and then very busy the next.
Maybe it was good to have those breaks in between so i was able to focus on the next task at hand and how to develop my skills.
I did not feel like I wasted any time during my year.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was always asked for my opinion when it came to projects and maintenance of the lab.
Sometimes my tasks were time critical for projects to be completed, other times I had to complete standard admin tasks like inventory and logistics.
I was surprised how much i would be relied on during my internship.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I was able to complete two certifications during my time at Hewlett Packard Enterprise,
The ACSA (Aruba Certified Switching Associate) and the ACMP (Aruba Certified Mobility Professional), These certifications prove I am able to other employers and hopefully cement a role in Aruba in the future.
My skills were very well developed during the year.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I was quite out of the way from the rest of the office as most of the time I was in the lab and supporting my team.
But when I had time i would roam around the office to see the other placement students and assist them with any tasks.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
My placement had guidelines on how it should be, but i was able to adapt and progress at my speed.
My team allowed me to reach my own targets and pushed me to achieve those.
I think that is why i enjoyed it more than others as i came in with clear set goals and had the ability within my team to achieve them.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
My team invested a lot in to me to achieve my goals.
This ranged from training resources and courses to travel to events in America and Europe.
This was one of the biggest shocks for me when i arrived as this was very different from what I had heard from other students in other placements.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would love to come back to Hewlett Packard Enterprise, for computer sciences it is great when you have a hands on role.
This has been one of the most motivating parts about the placement is the prospect of earning a position, this is one of the main reasons why I got certifications.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
All the other placement students at Hewlett Packard Enterprise were very supportive and I believe I have made some lifetime friends during this year.
There were socials arranged by the interns almost every week, this was great for moral and socializing.
One of the most surprising parts was having to live with other placement students, but we were lucky to get along as well as we did.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Reading is expensive, housing and socializing, even though we opted for student housing, it was very hard to budget through out the year.
Depending on where you go bars and clubs can vary in price, so you do have to be smart about money, also looking for offers on nights out helps a lot.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife in reading is busy, but extremely fun as it is a student city people are always out and about.
Unfortunately, Reading is a little dirty, so you don't want to be out on the streets too long, and taxis are London prices so this can make your night out a little more expensive.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Hewlett Packard has a strong charity presence, i was able to partake in Palace to Palace for the princes trust close to the beginning of the year.
Apart from this you really have to look out for opportunities your self, i am sure you can get involved in local clubs and activities.