1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my time here, we had a lot of events dedicated to interns, from Quiz Nights, the annual engineering puzzle challenge to technical talks. Besides that, I could direct my projects towards my interests and that was a really awesome opportunity.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The feedback loop was very short, so I always knew how I was doing and when I felt valued as I was making progress.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My mentor was really helpful, he was always there. As my work was really tight to Bloomberg systems, I needed his directions to understand everything. As for my manager, he made me feel that I could contact him with whatever problem I would have.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was never bored as I was always having a task to work on. I was also not overworked as I could always take breaks to the pantry or participate in the intern events. Overall it was a balanced environment. I could get work done, learn a lot from it, but also have fun while doing it.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
My project is highly related and relevant to what my team is doing, but as it was a separate branch the possibility to break things was non-existent.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My internship involved working with UNIX system and as I do not yet have a lot of experience in this field, three months doing that were really helpful for me. So it was a great thing that I didn't just do the regular things that I am good at. Also, it is the first time that I have been integrated into a team and it allowed me to see how life would be after I graduate.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
There was a good combination of fun an working. The pantry was always there and it was a great place to chat with the other interns.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It is the best-organized internship that I have ever been. There were a lot of activities, also everything was set up as soon as I got into the office. (so no waiting for laptop to arrive and all that)
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We had a training course in the first week, so that was a great bootstrap. Also, during all the events we had external speakers that helped us in topics like Personal Development :)
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
It will be a great place to work in. I really like their impact with Environment and everything that Bloomberg Philanthropy does and this is one of the most appealing aspects of working here.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Definitely, we had a 'morning club' between interns. We were basically a few people who enjoy coming early and in every morning we would beet to have breakfast.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is not that cheap, but the wage helped me :).
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yea, London is a very big place, you just need to want to get involved in activities outside work.