• The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I thoroughly enjoyed my time at RWE Supply and Trading. From the first day I was given real and meaningful work which gave me a feeling of involvement and responsibility.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • Everybody I spoke to, from the beginning of my placement to the end of it, were really open and warm towards me. I never felt like I was an 'annoying intern student' and I was offered help whenever I asked for it.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • I was lucky enough to work in two departments, Back Office Services and the Commodity Accounting department. Both of my managers held monthly review meetings with me to discuss any issues or problems I may be having which I felt was very useful. I was always given support if I was ever struggling with a team or personal issue.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • My "busy-ness" really depended on my input. I was given real and meaningful projects to work on from day one, however if I managed to finish this work then it was up to myself to be proactive and look for further work to complete. However, if I ever asked for additional work to complete there was always something extra I was offered to work on


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • From day one I was working on real projects. I was treated as an employee rather than a student intern and this was reflected in the work and extra curricular opportunities I was given. This really helped me to grow as a person and develop myself.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • I developed a wide range of skills during my time at RWEST. Communication, teamwork and problem solving skills were key to my daily work and these skills are fully transferable into both uni life and post uni life. I initially went into my placement as an introvert however after my time there, I feel like I have really come out of my shell and developed as a person


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • The atmosphere was like a family rather than a place of work. Of course myself and my colleagues were expected to complete the work however the atmosphere was relaxed and open. The team tasks were always a joy to work on and this was because of the people working on them alongside the working culture in the office.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • The organisation of the placement was very good. From my first day I was given a 3 month training plan that outlined what was expected of me and how I would be trained upon the necessary departments of my team. After my 3 months, training was continued however it followed a more informal approach and was reliant on being proactive and looking for further training opportunities.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • Personal training was clearly evident throughout my time at RWE. There were always external training courses going on which were heavily pushed for by our managers. Travel opportunities to Essen and London were also advised.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    International Travel

    Above 25 days holiday

    Working from home


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • Future employment opportunities are definitely there. It's seen within the company as 'having a foot in the door' upon completing a placement. However I was offered a full time role after graduation to come back to RWE. This was offered to me because of the work I contributed on, which was only possible due to the high level of responsibility given to me from day one.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • The social scene was okay. Team nights out were occasional, usually after team boding exercises or team training exercises. Travelling to Essen was fairly regular and the German colleagues were always keen to go out for either dinner or some drinks, however I recognise this is heavily dependant on the team you are working in.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • N/A. I was living at home so I didn't pay much living costs. However the Swindon area is fairly cheap. Nights out and restaurants are priced averagely, if anything below the national average.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • The nightlife in Swindon is not great. There are a few good pubs and a handful of clubs. Travelling to Bristol/ Bath was relied upon due to better attractions


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • There were many extra curricular activities going on outside of work, often organised by RWE itself or an employee at RWE. Football matches, running club, golf club were a few that I was quickly made aware of. The relaxed nature of the company also helped to promote this because everyone was very warm and friendly.


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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Accountancy, Banking/Finance, Business Analytics

South West

November 2018

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