1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The internship was very enjoyable, this company has a great working atmosphere and everyone is friendly. This made me and all the other interns feel very comfortable. There was an informative training course in the first 2 weeks which ensured everyone had the knowledge to work well in the following 8 weeks. The work given was interesting.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The people I worked with during my internship were friendly and treated me like a regular employee. The tasks assigned to me were important and I felt like my colleagues trusted me to get the work done.
My team members were approachable and always happy to answer questions if I needed advice.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My supervisor was very helpful and there was a good balance between giving me guidance when I got stuck on a problem and allowing me to try and figure it out myself. Everyone in the office was approachable and happy to help, so if I needed help on a specific topic, there was always someone who was an expert to ask.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The was a healthy balance between always having something useful I could be doing and not being under pressure to complete a large amount of tasks. In the times where there were less tasks I had to do, there was always the opportunity to undergo self driven training and this was encouraged.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The tasks assigned to me were important and my colleagues trusted me to complete these. I was often given the opportunity to design, implement and test my own solutions to problems, which was good and gave me a sense of responsibility. This allowed me to develop my skills a lot.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My degree was in Mathematics and I have also completed it, so the skills I developed don't apply directly to that. However the skills I developed will certainly help me in my future career, this internship has opened the door to software engineering for me and taught me things I could never have picked up at University.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone was friendly and generally happy, which is a good indication that this is a great place to work.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
This internship / graduate scheme has been running for a number of years now, which has allowed them to perfect the organisation of it. There is a structured 2 weeks of training with one of the senior developers and then each intern is placed into a team for the remaining 10 weeks.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was a full 2 weeks of intensive C++ and software engineering training.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The future employment prospects are very good, this internship program is run alongside the graduate scheme and the aim of the internship is to give interns a taste of working in the company and hopefully bring them back once they've graduated. If you perform well on the internship you stand a great chance of being offered a full time position.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were a number of social events organised for the interns and graduates which everyone enjoyed, for example a curry night. Every lunch we would meet in the canteen, chat about how work was going and play table football, which was fun and got quite competitive (in a good way!).
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The office is located relatively near to the center of Birmingham, 1 bus journey away. With other good transport links, for example Coventry is 1 bus journey away from the office. So the cost of living can be as cheap as you like. Living in Birmingham is very affordable for a city of its size.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Birmingham as a large city, has a lot to offer in terms of nightlife, for those who want it.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were various social events organised throughout my time here.