1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
It definitely felt that my colleagues had confidence in mt ability and cared about me getting even better. Once I got a hang of things I felt very independent and actually like a full time employee. I also got to know my colleagues pretty well due to social event funded by the company called morale events.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Initially there was a lot of active support there for me often checking up on how I was doing. As the internship went on I was given less support, but someone was always there to help when I got stuck. I personally saw this as a good thing I was able to become independent and learn how to fix things myself, but when something got out of hand there was always someone there to help me.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Usually I was pretty busy but in a way where I had things to do but never felt like it was too much. It was always possible to take a short break so I never felt like I had to work when I was getting tired. So overall the balance was good, I didn't feel bored or stressed.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A decent bit, I was working on the web apps myself and was responsible for creating good code. I wasn't expecting much responsibility to be honest though. I feel like responsibility in software development comes with experience and that is something which I just started gaining. So overall I felt the responsibility I was given was just right.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Since I study physics the skills gained probably won't impact my degree much. But I have gained a lot of skills that will help me in becoming a successful software developer. I feel like I have learned a lot and these skills will stay useful to me for a very long time.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I thought the atmosphere was great. It was a relaxed sort of focus, You felt motivated to do work but at the same time you didn't feel pressure that you must work all the time and can't take breaks. Sometimes people would gather round for a quick 5 minute conversation somewhere in the office which was a nice way to briefly relax.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The first two weeks of training were very well organised. We had access to a timetable to guide us on what we should be doing. After that we were taken onto different projects. From there the organisation was taken care of by the person managing the project. During the whole process I didn't feel like people didn't know what I should be doing.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
A lot in my opinion. Firstly we ware trained for two weeks and during that time we didn't create anything useful for the company. Once I moved onto a project I was still encouraged to take time to properly learn something rather than just get it working and move on.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
At the end of your internship you do get asked if you'd like to be considered for a job at the company. I think it's a great place to start a career as everyone cares about high quality and improvement. So you will definitely learn a lot of things and get exposed to many modern technologies while working here.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene was very active with frequent social activities such as board game nights and trips to the pub. The company also organises morale events that are basically company funded social events with your colleagues. Morale events can really be anything that a group of people can do and you can suggest ideas to the morale officer. Some examples are laser quest or a boat trip.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The company can organise accommodation for interns for a reduction in salary, which I found very reasonable and convenient. I had a room in student accommodation a 20 minute walk away from the office so commuting was quite easy. Bristol isn't the cheapest city to live in but I found it to be quite decent with the salary I was given for the internship.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I never tired it leaving answer neutral but Bristol has a a rather big university the there is definitely a decent nightlife scene.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are a lot of things to do. Some people did rowing this summer and there are frequent board game nights. I have heard of the possibility to do some outreach work in Bristol too.