1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have thoroughly enjoyed my work placement and I can easily admit that working here was one of the best decisions I have taken as an undergraduate.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Placement students are very important to the company. I felt I was part of the system and most of the time I was treated in the same way as any other full-time employee.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Everybody is friendly and willing to help at any given time. I often found myself asking many questions and the amount of support I have to on a daily basis has been incredible.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I have never run out of things to do, and I could say most of the days were busy, but I never really felt pressured. There were deadlines to be met and time-critical customer projects, but working in an agile environment helped us distribute the work uniformly and gave an amount of flexibility.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As previously stated, as a placement student, I never really felt different from the other employees. Of course, there is a learning curve and my lack of experience was visible, but my tasks were just as important as the ones of my colleagues. One of the things I am most happy about is that instead of being given my own separate work, I was actually out there doing what everyone else was doing.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I feel that everything I learned this year will play a crucial role in my future career. Developing really valuable technical skills should go without saying, but I am grateful that I could be part of a community where every single person had something to offer, no matter their background, hierarchy level or experience.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
In short, the atmosphere was professional yet relaxed. People I interacted with most of the time were very friendly and open. Looking back at the time in my department, work was very important, but at the same time, humour was always welcome, and I do believe keeping a balanced atmosphere helped a lot with our productivity.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The entire placement programme was unsurprisingly well organised, as it plays an important role in the company development. There was not much formal feedback prepared for placement students in my department along the way, however, I found it easy to talk openly with everybody, and I could also get a sense of my progression from regular review meetings.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I have taken part in a month-long training period at the beginning of the placement year that included both a technical and a business overview. More business-related sessions have taken place throughout the year and, for a few months, short weekly after-work sessions were held on more technical topics like networks and infrastructure.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
More than half of the current staff consists of returning placement students, and the company is constantly growing, making it a great place to work.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, everyone was sociable both in and outside the office. Regular events like departmental nights out and relaxing end of the week activities in the office played an important role too.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Places like Oxford are far from being considered inexpensive, and it very much depends on many factors (number of people living together, spending habits etc).
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The cities where most of the employees live can be found pleasant in one way or another by any type of person, and the Nightlife was no exception.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was a fair number of activities outside of work. Most of them were either social events, sport activities or occasional short training sessions.