1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I was not quite sure what to expect at the beginning, but I must say now that I really enjoyed the internship and I am extremely happy for the opportunity I was given; I have met great people, made relationships, but mainly, I realised what kind of work I would like to do in the future and what would suit me the best. I totally recomment this placement to everyone, even when not exactly sure what they want to do in the future.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
This is another thing I was surprised about and which I see as a big positive; I felt valued since day 1. My colleagues answered all my questions and challenged all my ideas. This was further supported by the fact that my company sent me to client's on day 1, where the client had no idea I was "just" an intern.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I felt the guidance throughout the internship could have been better. We had an introduction in the office before the start, but since then I felt like not that much was happening until the very last day. I think it would be good to have a meeting in the middle of the internship to get some feedback and be able to work on that.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I prefer being busy and I think I was lucky most of the time of the internship, because I was booked on various jobs pretty much all the time. Some days, however, the communication was a bit poor and I did not have that many things to do. This only happend once or two times during my internship.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I felt like I was given responsibility, which made me feel valued. On the other hand, I knew that what I do (usually picking samples, testing, doing analysis etc.) will be reviewed afterwords, which helped me to go forward and do my best without having to fear about making an error with huge consequences. I think the balance was just perfect for me.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I study accountancy and finance at university and I was extremely pleased to find out how practical my degree was: I used a lot of knowledge gained during my studies during the internship. After the internship, I now believe I will be able to do this also the other way aroud, that is, to use my skills and knowledge gained during the internship in my classes at university.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I enjoyed the atmosphere in the office a lot. Everyone was extremely nice and helpful. I have never been afraid to ask questions, even multiple times. I also value the fact that the office is very social when it comes to after-work-activities, because I belive this helps to maintain and develop good relationships.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
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9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I think they invested in me enough. This was just a six weeks internship, however, we get to go to London for a three days training. From what I have heard, the compnay invests into their people a lot, which is one of the reasons why I am looking for a grad job with this company, because I belive they will help me to develop myself further.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
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11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
As I mentioned above, I really like the idea of the company investing in their people. This is probably what I value the most and why I am looking for a grad job with this company. I would also like to do the professional qualification (ICAS) and become a professional in my field (accountancy).
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was very pleased to find out that the pay rate is higher in Aberdeen than other cities, e.g. Edinburgh (at the same time, cost of livingin Aberdeen is lower than Edinburgh). I assume this is only because of oil prices being high a couple of years ago, thus Aberdeen used to be much more expensive city to live in, which is not anymore, but it was nice to enjoy this benefit.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I think this is a disadvantage compare to bigger citie like Edinburgh or London. Aberdeen's nightlife is good enough, but not as much is going on. Also, I think fancy places are completely missing here. Considering Aberdeen is a student's city, not that much is going on over the summer, when most of the students are away.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Again, as I mentioned above, I think not as much is going on as in bigger cities. I found there is a lack of cultural events in the city and things to do over the weekends. This was the reason why I often found myself leaving Aberdeen for the weekend and going to Edinburgh/Glasgow/abroad.