1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I very much enjoyed my internship with Language Connect. From the commute, to the office environment (both the location and the people I work with), to the day-to-day responsibilities, the experience as a whole was fantastic. No significant complaints whatsoever.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Even when I knew almost nothing when immediately starting, I still felt valued by my colleagues. I was aware that I had been hired with a long-term tenure in mind, and it was very clear that they respected me as someone who'd be looking to contribute as much as possible, as soon as possible.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Although there are certainly some days that are slower than others (and some days that are insanely busy), there's essentially always something to do within the project management role, whether it's admin, QA, following up with clients, etc. I would say some days I was "too busy", but never was I bored.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a very fair amount of responsibility during the internship. My mentor and my colleagues recognized that although I was new, I was learning at a fairly quick pace and could take on larger amounts of work only a few weeks into my internship.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I learned and developed through my internship are skills that are applicable to almost any line of work or any course of study. Particularly, being able to manage time in such a way that handling several projects at once is something I can see myself using in any professional situation.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very positive atmosphere. Everyone is friendly with one another, and there is a surprisingly calm vibe given the fast-paced nature of the work.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship seemed very organized overall, with checklists and goals to be reviewed on a monthly basis, and constant follow-ups with my mentor and Operations Manager.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The fact that there is a mentor dedicated to the task of training the intern one-on-one, in addition to the support provided by the Operations Manager and other colleagues, demonstrates clearly that Language Connect invests in training its people.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There is a clear path for career advancement within the company, and it's very appealing indeed (already been promoted at the time of this writing).
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Everyone was social and friendly with one another! Very friendly environment.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Not the fault of the company whatsoever, but New York is notoriously expensive to live/exist in :) I commute, though, so I don't pay NYC rent!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nightlife in New York is abundant, but I wasn't often around during nights since I would commute home to New Jersey.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Not that I'm directly aware of, but I'm sure I could do research for local activities if I pleased.