Worked as a release manager for a large technical delivery team at a media client
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my work during the placement - it was challenging and there was always a lot to do
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was given a lot of responsibility, and I felt that my contributions were values by my colleagues
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
At the start he guided me through things, but was quick to take a more hands-off approach once I was settled.
He was always available for questions, and I was able to contact him easily if I ever had any queries.
I had informal performance reviews every few months where we would assess my performance and any areas to improve
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was quite busy, and the days tended to run from 9-6pm (occassionally running until 7, a couple of times a month)
The culture was to stay as many hours as necessary to complete work, so I was able to take on as much as I deemed possible, and I was able to leave earlier on days if I needed, as I could plan my work to account for this
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility, even from the first day - it was good to be given work that had an impact, as some companies have a tendency to give inconsequential work to interns
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I learnt a lot of time management skills in my role, and it will be useful when I continue my degree
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I worked at the client office, at a media company, so the atmosphere was pretty relaxed - people would talk over coffee and everyone tended to take the full hour for lunch
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was a little disorganised in terms of getting people placed onto projects once the training was over (some people were on the bench for a bit before finding a project)
Once I was on a project, things ran smoothly, and my HR contact was always good with informing about any paperwork I needed to do for the placement
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Although it seems that the company in general is invested in development (most of my colleagues would have training), I didn't have any training or courses during my placement
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Having completed a placement, I am confident that if I return to the company I would be in a good position to be on a good project and progress well within the company
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were some social events organised during the year by HR (start, middle, end of the placement)
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was based in London so the cost of living and socialising was quite high, especially on an intern salary
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
London was predictably good in terms of nightlife
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Accenture has an active social scene in terms of lots of groups based around interests, sports etc.