My role was to create various reports and dashboards using data from the company's data warehouse. This helped in visualising the company's performance in the various sectors. These reports would then be used by the management team in making informed decisions assisting the company's progression.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my placement. I worked with a really good team and was able to gain some really valuable skills over my time. I felt quite engaged in the projects that I was given which were not meaningless and had an impact on the real world. A good place to start for a first-time job in the corporate world.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt quite close with the rest of the interns I was working with and although the seating arrangement can be quite volatile, I never felt unwanted and was welcomed where ever I sat. My colleagues also offered me the respect of my opinion which helped during the group project to ensure that everyone was always on the same page.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I received a lot of support from my line managers through useful suggestions and frequent meetings which helped me to stay on task with the projects I was assigned. There was also a mentoring scheme that helped really helped in ensuring I get the most out of what I wanted in my internship.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was always very busy. I had the personal project I had to work on a day-to-day basis as well as a large group project with the rest of the interns which ensured I always had something to do. This helped me majorly to plan my time and there was never a time where I was idle.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given quite a bit of responsibility over my time. Especially in the group project where I worked tirelessly in my sub-team to ensure that my part was up to standards and in line with the vision of the whole group.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The training was the best part of the internship as I was able to learn useful technical skills which I usually wouldn't have the time to do in university. Also my time management skills have improved vastly and I am confident his will help in my last year of university especially in planning my final year project.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Quite jovial overall There is a general feel that everyone is doing something meaningful and working their hardest while carrying out their daily operations.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was organised really well. When we started we were informed that we would be given a group project for all the interns and then separate individual projects which were assigned by the line managers of the various sectors. For the team project, because the team were spread across different offices in the UK, we all got to meet at Leeds on the first week to be given the brief on the team project. I thought this was amazing as we were able to meet each other despite the geographical differences before starting the project.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm provided training for various technical skills such as Power BI, SQL and UNIX. I learnt UNIX and Power BI for the first time which I probably wouldn't have had the time to learn in university and has provided me with a foundation to continue developing these skills. As for the training in SQL, it further enhanced what I was taught in university.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
So the company has offered me the chance to be fast-tracked onto the graduate scheme. This is quite appealing as it will save me the hassle of having to go through the whole application process again as would be the case if I was to look for another job. However, this comes slightly at a cost as you are stuck in the contract for a minimum of 2 years because of the training they offer as well as the fact that training is unpaid so it would require accurate budgeting and saving to get through those 8-14 weeks before hand, especially if based in the London office. They do, nevertheless, cover travel expenses.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I would say thanks to the team project that was assigned, I was able to make friends with all the interns at the office. We would often have lunch together as well as frequently meet up after work for casual drinks. These were great pass times with lovely people after tedious hours of work.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
This I would have to say, it is pretty high, but that's with any other place in Central London, so you would have to be willing to accept that and have the mindset of being watchful on what one spends. Despite this, there were still numerous places one could go for reasonable prices and it was not impossible to have a good time. During the summer, there is a outside amphitheatre near where I worked at London Bridge, called the Scoop. There were numerous activities that were carried out there such as movie screenings and best of all it was free!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nightlife in London especially where I worked was vibrant almost most days. As is the case with most metropolitan cities, it was easy to navigate to nearby bars and pubs after work. This was magnified this summer with the occurrence of the World Cup which meant most places were packed.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
From visiting art galleries, having social gatherings at Hyde Park or even just strolling in the streets of London, there is always something to do in London. With the added bonus that most areas are easily accessible via the tube, I believe one is guaranteed to be able to find something to do after work.