Worked as an Environmental Products Trading analyst. Analysed Carbon markets to find opportunities, as well as leading a database project.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Enjoyable but challenging. I was given a real projects to work on, which made the work very rewarding. Most colleagues are open and friendly so I felt welcomed. The importance of work comes with added responsibility and potentially added stress.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The nature of the work means that you feel like a valued member of the team upon delivery. However, at times I felt there was a clear separation between the intern and full-time employees. This is to be expected anywhere - given you are an intern. Overall, I felt like a valued member of the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The mentor/supervisor arrangement world very well and makes sure that you have access to enough help and support to make the placement as smooth as possible. I was able to use them as sounding boards for new ideas, as well as turn to them for help when required.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
At the start work was slow when you are learning your way around, but at the end when deadlines are falling it became busy. The working hours were not ridiculous, but I always felt like I had enough to do throughout.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a real project that was fulfilling a specific purpose and was going to help add value to the business. This came with a lot of responsibility due to the independent nature of the project.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Skills developed during the work will be helpful in my final year at university and beyond. Being able to undertake a project (almost) independently helped develop project management, time management, as well as more specific technical and analytical skills.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Quite quiet, and a lot of independent work. Some other teams were close and more collaborative though.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Overall, fairly well organised although the interns had to organise most of the assessments etc...
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They made sure that I received good feedback throughout which makes sure that I could develop as much as possible during the time, and deliver the best results.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Good career progression opportunities an investment in the graduates.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Among the interns there was a lot of meeting up, and i get the impression that the graduates stay well connected. However, the full-time employees didn't seem to meet up outside of work that often.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Very expensive (Central London)
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Lots of bars, clubs and restaurants (central London)
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Some formal social/networking events but no sporting opportunities etc...