1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Very much enjoyed this placement; had a project which was challenging and rewarding which i learnt a lot from. Manager was terrific, giving me a huge amount of room to drive the project in the way i wanted, and trusted me to push it through to completion.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Felt valued by my manager; repeatedly told how valuable my work would be to the team. Other team members took a great interest in what I was working on and showed enthusiasm about discussing the work.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Guidance by my manager was on a bi-weekly scheduled 1-1 meeting, in addition to him always having time for providing guidance & help on any further questions i had at during working hours when he was around.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Very, but driven by my own motivation for the project. It wasn't busy in the sense of many meetings, or many tasks that were assigned to me that had to be completed. But busy in the sense that my project was technically challenging, and my day was busy working on tasks I defined myself which evolved the project further.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given entire responsibility of driving a project through its design, implementation and deployment. I felt that the responsibility was on myself to get it done, and was trusted to do so.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The work gave me an appreciation for the real world applications of many of the theory courses taken during my studies. It has also motivated me further to learn more about other subject areas I may not have considered before, such as decentralized ledgers.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very professional atmosphere; much of the office is client facing and therefore is presented accordingly. Engineering a little different, casual dress, flexible hours, headphones allowed to be worn etc. Engineering areas are a lot quieter - great for focus!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement is incredibly thoroughly planned and organised. Excellent events are set up on a weekly basis, and lots of time is spent to ensure everyone has a very valuable experience here.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
For interns, they are given a crash course on the bloomberg technologies so they can get up and running engineering when they first join. As a placement, you're not part of such a large cohort and aren't given this official training. But you will have a mentor who will help you with whatever you need. And theres an abundance of technical resource at your fingertips to find the training materials you need should you require it,
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing; my experience had made me feel it is certainty i company i would like to join as a permanent employee.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
A good social scene - lots of events organised by the internship team in addition to there being a very large group of interns joined with you, so they often organise events on the fly - pub, game nights etc.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cost of living - london prices. Up to 700-800 month a rent would be sensible, and will include a reasonable commute. Although people not from London tend to live closer to the office during their stay here, and rent can therefore exceed that. Socialising can be expensive. Drinks in London are never cheap. And events in the heart of the city can be very pricey - but plenty of surrounding areas that are not.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The city of london is packed full of pubs and bars, with the city bustling with people drinking outside every night of the week (particularly when the weather is good).
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Almost endless opportunities - there is always something going on in london.