1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed it. I've never done this sort of role before or worked for such a large company, but it exceeded all my expectations. I enjoyed my year the most out of all my friends who completed industrial placements - which speaks volumes.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I definitely felt valued by my colleagues. You are given real responsibility from the get go - and any contribution is encouraged. You are treated as any other member of the team would be.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given support from my manager - but also encouraged often to think for myself and make my own decisions. I think this technique meant I became more independent and didn't rely so much on my manager to help me come to a decision.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was never left with nothing to do - it all depends on the time of year. From the start, I was helping support 3 national marketing campaigns on the web - including Black Friday. This was a very busy time of year for my team. Post Christmas I had more time, but the focus on personalisation and testing then ramped up.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A lot of responsibility. You are definitely seen as a trusted member of the team and relied on to make and deliver important decisions. I think this is one of the best things about the placement scheme.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My role isn't quite as relevant to my course as others - but I believe the skills I have developed this year I can definitely apply to my course and indeed other areas of my life. Increased confidence, organisation and becoming more commercially minded being key skills.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
GREAT! It's a great working culture and there's always something going on. Particularly belonging to the commercial placement scheme - as I got to attend commercial events. We also had Chris & Kem, candyfloss machines & free ice cream at one point...
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Really well organised. A credit to the L&D team.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We got to do the strengthsfinder test, which was very insightful. We also have regular learning weeks whereby we can attend L&D sessions to build up our PDP.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Not as concrete in some roles as others. But senior managers are pushing to change this.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Fab! We did lots of activities together - helps as there aren't many of us so we are a tight knit group.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cheap in Luton - more expensive in Harpenden and St Albans.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
For nightlife you can easily get to Harpenden & St Albans nearby - lots of pubs & bars. In addition there's always London
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes there is a running club and other social events