Insight student at Savills

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Shadowing a graduate.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

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.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

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.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

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.


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

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.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

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.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

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.


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

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.


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

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.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

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.


10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?

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.


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11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

I believe I will be reimbursed at the end of this week.

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

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.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

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.


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

Yes, the social sec and sports sec have told us about all of the events organised this summer when we went to the lunch.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes 100%.