1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my time here as it was a varied job and for a very large, exciting company, and you learn different things all the time. The work I did was also important and had an impact on the team. There was a great team environment and lots of opportunities for social events.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
You are integrated into the team very early on and the team environment helps to settle in. The work that you do is just below what an Assisstant Finance Analyst would do and so your work is important and valued. You recognise that your work is needed and so it motivates you to do it to a good standard.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
As soon as I started I had a two week handover period to try and hit the ground running as soon as possible. My manager would go through things one on one if there was something i didnt understand. Throughout the year there was constant support available from my manager as well as many classes available.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Depending on the certain period of time, as if it is month end or we are required to do our forecasting or budgeting, it was very busy. Sometimes there were quiet periods where there wasnt much which needed to be done, but this is to be expected and overall there was enough work to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As I was given nearly the same work/responsibility as an Assisstant Finance Analyst, I definately had enough responsibility. Especially when at month end or when forecasting or budgeting, it was my resposibility to upload our data and create a P&L for the team. All of my work was needed and would be distributed to either members of my team or other teams.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Both personal and technical skills will help in the future. My time management skills will help in my degree and some of the teamwork and technical skills will help in a future career. The technical skills learned may help in a future career but depending on what that career is.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
There is a friendly atmosphere on a daily basis but where everyone understands what needs to be done. There is also lots of teamwork as it is often required. As it is such a successful company, it is a demanding atmosphere but one where people are willing to help you.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
At the start I had a two week handover period set up which worked well. As this role has been in place for a number of years, it is clear and well defined what your responsibilities are and what is required. There was also potential for progressionas the year progressed.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There is constant support availabe from my manager as well as other team members if I need help. There is also a tool called Dlearn where you can sign up for whichever classes you would like to every quarter, and these are varied and could include both personal development and technical development.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
this Placement Year
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
If the role is one which attracts you then the company is definately an appealing one to join. As it is such a large company it is very competitive, but there are lots of different roles available. As an intern there is a possibility that you will be offered a role after uni.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There are around 200 interns in the company and so plenty of opportunities to socialise. There is also a large facebook group available to set up social events. Interns often eat together at lunch or go for after work drinks. There was also a winter ball avialable which all the interns went to.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
As it is London it is generally expensive. My rent this year was around £185 a week plus bills but obviously this varies. the Price of a pint is around £5-£6 and drinks can be expensive. Food is often similarly expensive when compared with outside of London but this is just the price you pay to live there.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
there are plenty of bars and pubs available in the local area and very close to the office. If you ara looking for a club or something like that then you might have to go outside of the local area. But if you are looking for after work drinks there is plenty available.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was a summer team day which involved a sports section and then food and drink. There is also opportunities for pub quizzes with both the department and the team. There is often after work drinks. There isnt much available which is outside of the organisation but there is still enough available.