Supporting the sales teams in executing sales opportunities. Looking at training, presenting and other ways to innovate.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I loved my time at Oracle - not only did it give me great insight into the operations of a large company, but I got endless opportunities to get involved in projects and events, meet people and also had a lot of fun. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to pursue a career in technology or business.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I loved working with my colleagues at Oracle. They made me feel a part of the team and always were there to support if necessary.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was always given great support - and they never would object to explaining something in more detail if necessary.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This varied - at times, not busy, and I did not enjoy this at the start. But, as time went on, I realised that it was good as it gave me more time to get involved in other projects. My manager was understanding and supportive about me getting more experience on other projects.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given enough responsibility to make me feel valued. Some interns were given more, and some less - so it really depends on your relationship with your manager. But, it is something that could be discussed and altered if you were not happy with the level of responsibility you were given.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Skills for life - and very useful for future career. However, not useful to my degree in Geography.. Just being in a work environment enabled me to develop skills, some without even noticing and it gave me huge insight into the skills and level of skills required for future careers.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very positive - especially around the interns as everyone seemed to be interested in what we were doing.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Good. Initially, a few issues to overcome and I think onboarding could be carried out slightly better. There was someone in charge, but it was not always easy to get a response from them.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They invested a lot in the interns - and I found that I was able to undertake any training I wanted and if there were costs it would be covered (within reason). For example an Excel course. Being a part of the company also offered huge benefits for training as you can sign up and become a member of external training organisations.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing - initially they take graduates on as consultants, which is something I would consider, but not convinced on.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Very good - I made a lot of good friends.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Very reasonable - I was in Reading, close to London but half the price of living there.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Good fun - Reading was a university town, so there were good student nights and reasonably priced. When in London, it was more expensive.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes - a lot of opportunities. We organised social events and being on the Thames gave the opportunity to get involved in rowing. Also there were a number of charity events - a cycle ride, run and cake sales which encouraged extracurricular activity. There was also a gym on the business site which was very well equipped.