The work that I was involved in on my placement year allowed to make a genuine impact on the business. I enjoyed the variety that I was given and was able to rotate and learn with different teams within the function. I got to do a lot of different things that really stretched me and I felt I brought a lot of value.
I think the business valued my contributions, especially in the form of the project we completed. Company-wide recognition from the CEO and CPO was great to receive. The work I did was recognised and I was rewarded heavily for the things I had done. I think it's really important for companies to do this.
The support I received from my line managers and supervisors was great - they really helped me to settle in and advised me on how I can develop myself both on and off the programme. The transition into a corporate environment wasn't as daunting with their support. They helped me look to the future.
On a day to day basis I was pretty busy working on a range of activities and projects, keeping on top of emails and attending meetings. But it never got overwhelming, it was nice to feel comfortable in my workload and receive help when I needed it, but was still stretching in it's content.
I was given quite a fair amount of responsibility and was able to lead on a few small projects, which helped to set me up to be involved in larger projects with more people.
I think the life-lessons I learnt such as working with people who have different work styles, managing my time and building up my organisation will greatly impact my future. In addition the technical knowledge is setting me up for the start of a great career in an area I really enjoy.
The general atmosphere in the office was energetic, vibrant and supportive. People really love what they're doing within the company and it makes those around them enthusiastic too. There is a lot of support and the efforts that are taken to improve colleague engagement are really important and seem to make a real difference in my department.
I think the placement was really well organised. There was a lot of variety, countless opportunities and the chance to be involved in some great projects. I really appreciated the chance to make my internship mine and tailor it so that I can develop the skills and qualities that I need to make a great future.
I think the company really invested in our personal development whilst on the course. We began with a full induction that supported us to adapt to a corporate environment which I personally really appreciated. It helped me find a middle ground in my communication, work style and actions. We were also enrolled on numerous courses throughout the year, as well as there being the option to join onto more to help us.
There are a lot of future employment prospects within the company. Whether these come through the form of graduate placements, or the chance to gain a permanent role in the department that I am interested. The support is also there for this too. They help to transition into next steps and options.
There was a good social scene - we all got on, we went for lunches on some nights out in London. It was nice to have people in similar situations and of a similar age to be with and go through the experience with. We got on and it was really nice.
I was lucky to live at home during my internship, so I didn't experience the living costs in the local area. However the socialising in the local area is fairly priced. We also have direct routes into London where prices can vary, but options are wider and more exciting all in all.
Nightlife in the immediate local area wasn't very well established, however with direct routes into London there are options available. It depends on the night you want and whether you want an activity, dinner, drinks or a party.
There were a lot of opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work! Exercise, Social and Charity were the main themes that came up frequently. The charity initiatives were really nice to get involved in as it was really rewarding and exciting to work, and have fun, alongside a variety of people from around the business.