1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was an amazing experience. The internship was not about doing a project that is then thrown away and never used, but instead I got to work on an actual product getting a real insight of how it looks like working there. I learn more in those 3 months than in 1 year of university
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
People were very friendly, available and helpful. Even the team leader and the manager are always available, we had several teams set up to talk about the project and its progress. If you had any problem you could just ask the person next to you and he would come to your desk and help.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I believe I was given the right amount of support and guidance. Of course at the beginning there is some training to go through in order to understand the product you'll be working on, but after that I believe you get the right tradeoff between written/spoken guidance and autonomy. Ultimately I had the opportunity to design the program myself
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
About right. We terminated our project right at the end of the internship and we've never been bored or overloaded with stuff to do. I would actually have enjoyed more pressure on me, but the amount of work I was given was right and the project has been completed properly, without rushing at the end and not even too early.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
We had regular meetings with the team lead and another software engineer in which we planned the approach, but everyone could equally participate, and the final design of the product was in our hands (of the interns). So beyond understanding the project and requirements, everything else was up to us.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
In believe that the skills I developed went beyond my studies, in the sense that learning the entire software engineering process and how to interact with people has little to do with a degree, but it's very important for future jobs/projects. So I would I say it was really useful to me and I applied what I leant in many successive projects
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was calm and relaxed, personally I think too quiet sometimes, but that's a personal perspective. It was a productive environment and I felt no ostility at all, and after about a week or so you start feeling comfortable in the environment and you'll make use of all the working areas.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well organised. The work was on the right balance of stuff to learn, knowledge you need of the product and difficulty of the project. The length of the project was also well-thought.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We had a couple of opportunities to get intensive training on certain technologies as well as as much training as we wanted on the products. At the beginning, there were a series of hands-on labs, so it's not the usual theoretical training, but you actually interact with the product and understand how they are used
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There are some openings for tech roles every year and the opportunity to follow a proper career path
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I've been particularly satisfied with the relationship with the other interns, and we are still in touch as of now. There are many opportunities within the company to know each other better, but also external situations (such as a traditional bbq will all the summer interns + placement). There is also a playroom in the building so you really get the chance to make friends with each other
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living is quite cheap, since you are outside the city centre. At the same time there are several interns and we went out several times and socialised with other people. There are also many pubs around there, and it's also close to a University, so you really get to see people about your age.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The night life was good, Bristol is known to be a fun city, and there are plenty of different places where you can go in the night, either in the area around the company (more quiet) or in the city centre.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
It was situated near a residential area outside Bristol. It was an amazing place full of green and not too crowded. Many facilities as well, and since we were given bikes, we would move with them around the city and take part to pretty much any event. In about 15m cycling you are in the city centre so plenty of stuff to do. The company would also organise charity events, which are organised by the interns