1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement. I found the working environment a lot more relaxed than I expected and everyone was eager to help. I was given lots to do and was able to ask as many questions I needed, without feeling like I was annoying people. The six weeks went too fast!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was given lots of work that was actually important and needed to be completed for certain deadlines. To do so I had to work closely with the team I was in to achieve this, they were very welcoming and helpful. I definitely felt valued by them and as part of the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The people looking after us: 'Career Coach' and 'Buddy'. They regularly checked in on us, set up a meeting every week to see how we were getting on and if we needed any help. The managers within the team were very hands on and helpful. You felt like you were equipt to do the job you were given.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
During the internship we changed teams weekly. So in some teams there was more work than others- but that is to be expected during the summer. However, I was never left without work just sometimes I could have lots on and others just a few tasks for that day. I never felt too bored.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given the same responsibility as a graduate was. I was doing lots of important jobs and the result of these jobs were being sent to clients. I feel they put a lot of trust and respect into us and treated us like their equals. At the same time making sure we were comfortable and able to do what we were given.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I definitely feel I got a good development of my skills during this internship. We were given lots of training and were learning more on the job as well. I am going back into final year now and I feel I have more knowledge to be able to complete my modules.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere although being a business environment was also very relaxed and enjoyable. People were all very friendly and made you feel very comfortable. They organised events at least every month for the office to go out and do things with each other which I thought was very beneficial- got to know everyone better.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
In terms of the way it was run was very organised- they had us rotating weekly so we could have an opportunity to see all sides of the department. Unfortunately when we started the person normally in charge of the internship was not around so people were slightly confused about what we were there to do.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They were very efficient on training us and providing us with everything we needed. The first three days we got full training in everything we would be doing and lessons to help expand our knowledge further of the field. Once we got into the office the learning continued with everyone focused on teaching us new things to get a full experience.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I am definitely excited about the prospects of returning to work here. I was pleasantly surprised by the working environment and the people. It was a very enjoyable place to work and an encouraging one where you could grow as a person. The company offers a lot of help with professional exams as well which is a bonus.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Definitely! The first few days of training we were able to socialise with interns from all over the UK which was very fun but also useful. Then when we got to the office- during our time numerous events were organised whether it was with the team or the whole department or office- great way to network.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Luckily I lived only 30 minutes from the office so I just commuted. However Belfast isn't overly expensive to live- very cheap student houses. In terms of the cost of socialising there is lots on offer at different costs and you can have a cheap time out with friends/ colleagues.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Belfast has a lot of clubs on offer- very different nights available. Some cheaper than others depending what you like. It is a good city to go out in as it is quite small so nothing is far from where you are. It is probably dearer than the likes of Liverpool and Newcastle.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, a few things were organised over the course of our time here. Activities ranged between socials involving going out and also charity based events. As I was only here for six weeks we probably did not see everything this company had to offer on this side of things, however from speaking to staff they are very happy with it.