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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The internship was organised fairly well. The first 2 weeks went quite smoothly, but they had a difficult time putting me onto a project.
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.
Working from home
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.
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.
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.
This isn't a high priority for me, but there are plenty of clubs dotted around Bristol for those interested in that.
Again, Bristol has lots of things that you can do or get involved in.
Internship (1-4 Months)
30th August 2018