1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was great! It gave me an indepth insight into the different areas within a technology firm and what a few of the different areas consist of.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
As with any job, to begin with it was quite daunting due to not having an extensive knowledge which my colleagues had. However I feel that the work I produce has been viewed well over many members of staff and that I am valued within my team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given support throughout my placement by my managers and supervisors. I feel that they provided me with challenging problems but were available for help for if I wasn't able to figure it out or needed extra guidance.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Depending on deadlines, my workload was varied. I feel that the amount of work I had on a daily - weekly basis was an appropriate amount to be done for a regular working week.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a fair amount of responsibility during my placement to train myself and others, complete critial tasks and for helping with other side of desk activities.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills and knowledge I have gained will be crucial over my final year at university. When I began, I didn't know what I wanted to do for my dissertation and didn't have the understanding or confidence to pursue many of the suggested ideas. I now feel confident that I'll be able to continue into my final year and have a better understanding of the work throughout.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
As there are many different areas of the office, there are different atmospheres around the office. I'd say that over most of the time, it is friendly and inclusive. From time to time, there was a more serious aspect such as when clients were visiting or deadlines were approaching.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was well organised, I began with an induction and basic training. This gave me a better understanding of the company before having to join a project.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I had access to Pluralsight which allowed me to train both inside and outside the office. I was also trained for internal programs such as Equality Allies. I didn't complete any external training.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Depending on the project you finish your placement on, there are opportunities to be extended beyond the placement year whether full time or part time. I would definitley like to return to the company after my final year at uni.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
We organised food after work every other month to have a catch up. I personally found that I was able to make friends quickly with other placement students, allowing us to meet for lunch almost daily and meet up after work in the evenings.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Relatively cheap, there was a tesco/greggs within a 10 minute walk where lunch could be bought. Cafe within the building was available but tended to be more expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Emails often send out about charity days and events happening outside of work hours. A yearly family fun day takes place allowing you to socialise with friends too.