1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed it very much. I learnt a lot throughout the internship and the tasks Ghyston assigned to me were challenging and new to me. Also, the flexible hours was very useful and there were plenty of activities to take part in. Overall, Ghyston was very fun to work at.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues were friendly and would give relevant advice. Even though it was difficult to find tasks to put me on, I still felt valued.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The first 2 weeks of the internship were spent training in new languages and practices. Lots of useful talks were given and I could easily seek guidance from colleagues. Further, as the internship went on, they helped me improve my programming skills in a number of ways by showing me how and where to improve.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I had a fairly reasonable work/life balance. At some points during the internship, there wasn't much to do, whereas at other points I was quite busy. However, since there were flexible hours, I could work for as long as I felt was necessary and make up for lost hours if needed.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I wasn't given much control over a lot. The most I had control over was how I trained myself in the first few weeks and how we would approach each project or task given.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The internship helped develop my programming skills a lot. I learnt how to write my code much more neatly before and I understood areas that were outside of my comfort zone. Developing websites was new to me, but I felt that near the end of the internship, I could make a website with the suitable development tools.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office was very nice to work in. I could happily work longer of projects if I wanted to and the free food and drink meant that I could take a short break when necessary. At some points, it would get quiet but that is handy when you are programming.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was organised fairly well. The first 2 weeks went quite smoothly, but they had a difficult time putting me onto a project.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
For everything that I was doing, Ghyston provided enough staff to oversee whatever project I was working on and they would devote time to help me explain flaws in my code. Also, I had a mentor during the first 2 weeks who spent a lot of time helping me get up to speed with the languages and common practices.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Ghyston are a very good company to work out and I would encourage any Computer Science student to consider working with them. They're often looking for new employees and have a few spots open for internships during the summer.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I made friends with a few people who were on the internship and we spent time socialising together in the office. There were plenty of things we could do in the office together or with employees from the company. This included board games or other events that Ghyston would pay for.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I live in Bristol, so the cost of living would've been the same for me. Bristol itself has plenty of things to do at a range of prices.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
This isn't a high priority for me, but there are plenty of clubs dotted around Bristol for those interested in that.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Again, Bristol has lots of things that you can do or get involved in.