1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The assessed internship at Shell was a great experience where I was given an interesting project and was able to gain an understanding of what it is like to work in the Oil and Gas industry. Outside of the office, I was invited to attend Graduate events and participate in recreational sports.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my colleagues. My mentor and supervisor were always more than happy to give up their time for me and within my team, my colleagues were always available to do the same. The support given to me within the department was also impressive where it was not intimidating to set up get-to-know-you discussions with anyone, regardless of their 'status' within the organisation.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
As mentioned previously, my mentor and supervisor were always more than happy to give up their time for me. I felt my development was taken as a priority and they ensured I was given an interesting project that would allow me to learn as well as meet many people (onshore, offshore, vendors, etc.).
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was kept busy on most days. Even when there were slow periods where the work for my project was reduced or on hold (from delays due to feedback, contracts, etc.), I still had plenty to do, whether that was to work on my internship presentation, read up on the subject matter, attend development sessions or even use the time to network.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given an interesting project with a topic that is a strong focus area in the company and so was able to make an actual contribution to the business. The work I did was based on actual work done within the organisation, and was done to tackle key issues that are faced on a daily basis.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Over the course of this internship I have learnt and developed many skills. I have learnt the value of networking and using your contacts to access experience that you might not have yet. I have learnt time keeping as I was given lots to do over a short period of 11 weeks. I developed teamworking skills, organisation, communication and much more from my activities also.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
That atmosphere was positive and collaborative, no sense of competition. For me as an intern, people from all areas would come and introduce themselves to me and were happy to set aside time to help with my project as a large part of it involved speaking to others. I was invited to events, talks, etc. and always felt included.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Well organised. Some delays with bits here and there, but this can be expected as people take holidays, contracts can be delayed, etc.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I had access to everything I needed for my project and to everyone I needed through my mentor and supervisor and was included in company development and training programs like learning sessions, away days, etc..
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Unknown so far. You find out on the last day...
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The Graduate network was good however we had a very small intern cohort so it was difficult to arrange 'intern-only' activities.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes there were. I was put on the mailing list for football after work, and also had the option to play touch rugby, etc. I was invited to many Graduate events and through these met people to socialise with outside of work. There are lots of sports clubs in Aberdeen to join so I intend to make use of these if I were to join as a graduate.