1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my work placement / internship. I was given a lot of responsibility from the first week onwards and a lot of choice / freedom in what projects I wanted to join in on. My ideas were used and I led meetings and projects that were worthwhile and meant something to the company.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was never viewed as an intern by the other employees, even VPs and senior staff. There were other interns in the building too who we bonded with. Everybody is so friendly and open to helping you or just having a chat when they walk past your office. It's a family feel.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had weekly catch ups with my manager who was always interested in what I had been doing and what I would like to do more of. I was never micro-managed as was instead given the trust and responsibility, whilst getting the guidance that I needed to do the job properly.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Every week was different. Sometimes I was really busy and others not so much. I think that's the nature of any business. If I felt like my work was running dry then I could just ask for more. SLB will push you and are happy to keep giving you the work if they know that you want it and can handle it.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility in my placement. From the first week, I was visiting the London HQ and contacting high up employees in the business. You definitely don't get treated like an intern and not an employee which is one of my favourite things about my placement here.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I got hands on experience in my degree. University doesn't prepare you for a full time job, so these skills are definitely something that will assist me when I graduate. Putting my academic experience into an office finetuned my skills for any future career that I will be embarking on.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
There were two interns in my office so it was great to have others in the same boat as myself. Our colleagues were always there to chat too and give guidance to us, and it was always an upbeat / happy environment to be in. Everybody that walks past will say hello.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I found it well set up - I received an on boarding from the previous intern so I got a firsthand experience of what I would be doing and how to do it which was really helpful. There are a lot of systems in place if you need help with something and lots of people to contact.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Even though I was based in an office the company still invested in my driver training and other courses. There is a lot of online tools also which interns had access to so we could receive and access the same development tools that other employees could use to learn from.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Based upon my internship and speaking to other employees, I would be happy to return to the organisation in the future. I've really enjoyed my placement a lot more than my other friends who have also done the placement year for other companies so I think that says something about returning.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were four interns in our office, which fluctuated when shorter contracted interns came and went. We all hung out together and went for drinks on an evening every now and then. We've also had intern lunches with Schlumberger and travelled to the HQ for events. If you want to make friends here then you will.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Our cost of living and socialising was great. We had a lot of money left over each month to socialise, which was spent mostly on travel to and from London to go and meet friends. Definitely made better by having a railcard to reduce the prices of train tickets places.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There were a few local pubs but club wise we would often travel to London or home / back to our Universities. Nightlife in a town isn't really the same as being at uni but we would do other things such as go play sport or go to the cinema etc
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Our office played football twice a week on the pitch outside and there were other social activities that went on within the office. It was more so that the interns would meet up outside of office activities rather than within them but living in a town meant there was a lot to do.