1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Very much so. One of the things I can appreciate in retrospect is how steep the learning curve is.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My role was incredibly important not just to my team but the larger company so yes, I personally felt valued and respected by my managers and colleagues.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My line manager offered me support when he was available and at times when I wasn't sure he could afford to. That's very telling about how much he cared. But even the staff working around me were ready to offer support whenever I really needed it.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Given the amount of analysis and data I have to process on a daily basis, I was very busy. It is definitely a challenging role and it pushes me still today.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given more responsibility than previously anticipated. My analyses went out to the whole company and field teams at times because almost everyone depended on these figures for small or large parts of their job.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I've learned to manage my time and people by prioritizing and keeping all aspects of my career organized. The opportunities were there when I asked and sometimes I made them myself. Like I said before, there's a steep learning curve but it builds character.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Quite friendly yet all around professional. One commonality was how willing everyone was to help.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
There are structures in place for other roles but my role required that I manage my own time. So I schedule my work in the order that people need these reports day by day in a week and I've developed a routine. When I have extra time in the day, I get to progress on personal projects.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company invests a lot into our training. Everything from Legal to Excel. Beyond that you have to ask for help when you need it.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
After the internship, there is a graduate scheme which is quite competitive. That lets you experience all the departments in the company and gives you even more responsibility.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
My batch of interns are quite familiar with each other and some times we socialize with interns from the nearby office buildings as well during lunch or after work.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Zone 7 London is still London so you'll have to find roommate(s)
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Watford is quite close by and they've got a Pryzm among other clubs. Otherwise Rickmansworth has quite a few picturesque bars.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were a lot of opportunities both offered by the company, like pilates, or organized amongst ourselves, the interns.