1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was particularly good. The people at Travelport are very friendly and are very supportive of the intern program. The responsibility here is great and there have been loads of opportunities to get involved in high value work from all across the business.
The interns from across the organisation generally have the opportunity to work together on lots of different projects which helps create a group of friends somewhat like University. So, it is not too hard to get settled and into the rhythm of the working world.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone is very friendly and, as an intern, I got the opportunity to meet a wide array of people from all aspects of the business. Due to this networking, I was able to get involved with some very real projects that really did add value to the business.
This really did help me to feel valued and I knew I wasn't just an intern for the company to save some money in salaries.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager and team were great at supporting me. I was the first intern to be part of this team and they really did help me to settle in quickly and enabled me to do a great job.
If I ever had any issue, no matter how small or trivial, my manager and team were always more than happy to devote time to helping me with it.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
As a team we were always beyond capacity which is a daunting prospect. However, my manager was great at prioritizing and sharing the workload to get the best out of the team. This meant that there was always work to pick up if I wanted, but I was not under tremendous pressure to rush work all the time.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was able to get involved with some really valuable projects which would go contribute directly to reporting that the SLT would see. Towards the end of the placement I was able to take projects from start to finish with little to no input from my team and managers.
My team trusted me to get the job done and I was given a lot of responsibility regarding what projects I worked on and the output of each one.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Travelport run learning sessions once a month with the aim of building skills that University students might not have, these were quite useful and kept you thinking about improving your skill set.
Apart from this I received training regarding key pieces of software that are industry standard but I did not have the chance to use at university, I believe this will be extremely useful beyond university.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Although parts of the office had a different atmosphere to others, generally everyone is really friendly and love any excuse to order pizza or bring in a cake when there is a birthday etc.
It is a very relaxed office which is nice. It seems that most people are happy to be here.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
As interns we would see each other often and lunch together most of the time. We woud also work on the CSR program together. This meant you work make friends with other interns and quite often go out etc together. This was nice as it is somewhat like being at university and can really help people make that transition from university to work.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Unfortunately living and working near London is much more costly than almost anywhere else in the country. Socialising was not too bad as, being on the edge of London, you could easily get into London for socialising which was not too expensive.
On the whole, it is still considerably more expensive than university living though.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
In the immediate area it was not great, with very little to do in Slough or Langley apart from local pubs.
However, the area has good transport links into London or the towns around slough, such as Windsor, which can be quite good for the nightlife. Being on the edge of London allows for a great nightlife but traveling in and out of London will get expensive if done often.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Plenty of opportunities. There is football which is played weekly and the Travelport Social club which runs events once a month which can be anything from a comedy night to the theater.
On top of that is informal intern events which normally involve going on a night out as well as the more formal CSR events such as doing a Tough Mudder or a marathon.