1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I generally enjoyed my internship. The work was interesting and I got some responsibility only on. The internship was well-structured. I liked that, included in the internship, ther was an allocation of time for a Corporate Social Responsibility project which allowed us to learn soft skills and make an impact in the community.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my colleagues. Upon completion of a piece of work, colleagues consisently showed their thanks and gave me helpful feedback. The team also ensured we were welcome at social events after work and arranged events specifically to get to know us.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given initially quite a lot of support. If we had problems, it was easy to ask questions in person or via email. I did not feel intimidated about the prospect of this.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
At the start of the internship, it would be fair to say it was sometimes difficult to have enough work, although there were training courses to occupy us. Over teh course of the internship, however, as colleagues learned to trust us, this disappeared.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given quite a lot of responsibility I thought. Our work would be checked if we felt uncomfortable about it or it was a new kind of task. However, after we had done tasks a few times, we were largely left to do them independently.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I learned probably will not help me much in my degree because of the slightly archaic nature of my case and its non-vocational subject matter. However, the technical skills that I acquired including using excel and various coding programs I think will be very helpful in the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere of the office was normally focused but welcoming. People would do tea rounds and there were social areas that meant that we felt comfortable and welcomed. It was not oppressive.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The work placement was pretty well set-up. Across the ten weeks there were a number of training projects and social events organised by HR and a CSR project and, otherwise, we were left to do our own work. This meant we rarely lacked daily objectives.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company invested quite a lot in us, namely in ensuring we had buddies who looked after our welfare. The team around us was helpful in answering any questions we had. There were also 'lunch and learns', organised, that gave us an insight into other parts of the firm.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Pretty appealing. The firm has interesting employees and the work is interesting.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes. There were loads of social events, organised in advance, and also a number of spontaneous evening drinks with the team.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It was fine for me because I live in London anyway so I was fortunate not to have to pay for accomodation or large travel expenses.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
It was fun and busy because it was central London.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were many social activities like darts and the summer party, as well as drinks after work.