Shadowing a graduate.
I enjoyed my insight a lot. Everyone in the team was very helpful and welcoming. I enjoyed being able to contribute to the work of others and help out. Moreover, we had a couple of social events which were good to be able to meet people in the office. This has helped me to be more informed for my future career choices.
While it was not always possible for me to complete entire tasks, due to a lack of expertise, I did feel valued this week. I have been constantly busy and people have done their best to ensure the work I am given is challenging, yet doable for someone who has not completed their degree.
Throughout this insight I have received a lot of support, when required, mainly from my mentor. They were more than happy to answer any questions I ad- even if they were in the middle of their own work. As a result I have learnt a lot this week and enjoyed it greatly.
Having been placed in the valuations team all week, the things I have learned will be very helpful. Particularly the investment appraisal side of things, which is a challenging area of my degree, although this week I have been able to complete these sort of tasks in context, which will make life a lot easier when doing these at University.
I felt the insight as a whole was very well structured. From the moment I arrived I have been constantly busy and have things to do. As well as the work there were drinks organised one night with the graduates and a lunch another day with the other insight people.
The atmosphere the whole week has been very good. The office has always felt friendly and everyone I have met has been very welcoming and introduced themselves. I expected for me to be on my own a lot of the time as people are obviously very busy, however, there has been no problem with me asking for help or advice this week; I think this is only reflected further in the atmosphere of the whole office. It is somewhere I would be very happy to come back to and work again.
I feel the company has invested in me very well. They have been very keen to help and develop my learning while I have been here. This is reflected in the amount of 'real' work I have been given and so I have learnt a lot. I have been helped by many people across the team.
This has clarified this for me a lot, not only do I now have a good idea of the working hours expected of the staff but I also now understand who does what within the office ad how all of these different teams interact. It has also shown me how sociable Savills can be.
This was very helpful in understanding the company culture. For example I did not realise there was a social sec and sports sec, who organise 'social mixers' for everyone throughout the year. I thought it was a very good idea and is something I have not seen in my other work experience placements.
Previously I had thought that I would not pursue valuation any further than I had to at University. However this week has changed my opinion on the subject and I believe that it is now a module I will take, optionally, in my third year of university. Therefore, it has been very helpful.
I believe I will be reimbursed at the end of this week.
Throughout the week I have been for lunch twice with different graduates and got to know them and what they do. In addition there were also some organised graduate drinks and a lunch where I got to me other people from different departments and learn what they do within the company.
I vey much enjoyed the social side of working here this week. They gave me the opportunity to speak to different people and ask questions about what they do, how they got ot where they are and what they recommend for the future- which was very valuable and I am sure will come into good use.
Yes, the social sec and sports sec have told us about all of the events organised this summer when we went to the lunch.