1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed working as part of a team, towards a common goal. I have previously done an internship where I was given complete autonomy and the same level of responsibility as the project managers. However, this time I've been given very menial tasks with no real direction of what I was aiming to achieve with my work. I did not feel challenged at all
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The team were absolutely amazing for the most part. Everyone was very warm and welcoming of us onto the team.
However, tying back in with the point about feeling like I was not doing anything of much value, I almost feel like it was a reflection of my colleagues feeling that I was not worth giving more work to do. Any complaints that I made fell short and I was often told that everyone has to start from the bottom, despite some of the other interns being given more challenging work
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I worked closer to the analysts than the actual managers. I feel like the analysts did not feel sympathetic at all to me feeling like I was not being challenged - again, with being told that everyone has to start at the bottom.
There has also been issues with not being given clear instructions or being conflicting instructions by 2 people then being told that no one has time to actually sit down with us to explain what needs to be done. Again, this is with the analysts, the managers were great at setting time aside to go through everything that was needed to be done
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My actual role was quite boring because it was extremely repetitive and required no real brain work. However, I did make it a point to actively reach out to the managers I had been introduced to as well as my network that I had established during my last internship to ask for more challenging work to keep me busy along side my daily tasks.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given ownership of a couple of trackers that I created and managed on behalf of my manager. It was on me to ensure that they were kept up to date and to chase people for regular updates for the tracker.
I also became the POC for 2 teams so I was responsible for ensuring that both teams were communicating on the status of tasks allocated.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think that the greatest skill that I developed is oral communication in a professional work environment. As the POC for the trackers that I was managing as well as the liasison for the 2 teams it was essential that I was able to clearly articulate what was required from each person.
I also developed data analysis skills that I will be able to use for my dissertation
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I really enjoyed working in the main company office for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it nearly all of the interns worked at the office at least once a week so it was a lot easier to keep in contact with everyone for the duration of the internship. Secondly, because I was not working on client site, the atmosphere was a lot calmer than it was when I worked on client site.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I feel like the project jumped onto the opportunity to have interns on the project to help out but it seemed as if they asked for too many. This is because whilst some interns had very clear roles and challenging work everyday, some interns, myself included, were quite bored because we did not have "real jobs" to do like the others.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The induction week was so helpful. I cannot rave enough about the guest that was bought in for the personal brand workshop and the Excel training session was absolutely helpful and relevant. They have made my life so much easier during this internship.
I also had regular catch ups with my managers so they was able to track my development and provide me with improvement points
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I don't think this internship has been a complete representation of what it is like working at this company. I definitely believe that this is one of the best companies on the market, especially for new graduates. The company definitely invests time and effort into making sure that everyone is sufficiently trained and is developing at a good pace. And the people have been great.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
All of the interns got along really well. There was a couple of attempts at organizing socials but due to everyone's busy schedule, nothing really came into fruition. However, we had lunch together everyday and regular catch ups just to make sure that everyone was coping with their roles.
The social scene with the interns on my role was particularly good because we got to see each other everyday.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London in general is really expensive but central London is extortionate. Most of my pay went towards living costs (home, bills etc) and travel expenses. This meant that I held back quite a bit in terms of socializing near work. On days I knew I had to spend money on a social, I would try and skimp on lunch otherwise I would be completely broke.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There seemed to be events nearly every single day. Because we are in the center of London, there are bars, pubs and restaurants everywhere you turn. This made nightlife easier. However, the reason why it's 5 starts is because despite there being so many different options, everything is so expensive so everyone is quite selective in terms of where and when they want to experience the nightlife.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were many opportunities to get involved with societies and their events. I was very proactive in trying to get involved with as many events as possible so as to expand my network.
However, I found that a lot of the after work socials were drinks which is great for people that drink but for people such as myself, who don't drink they were not fun to be at, but there is an unwritten rule that you have to show up