1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Provided me with a proper role so was doing work where I felt like I was making a true positive contribution to the company. Provided help by my line manager to try to improve in different areas. Variety in the role as worked on different aspects of the company with different people.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Very valued, especially by my line manager and colleagues. I was never excluded from any work or social events and never felt like my colleagues looked down on me in any way for being a placement student. Worked with many different people from many different departments and the majority were very pleasant and helpful.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Was given a lot of support by my line manager, he did his best to ensure that I was not stressed in any way at any point and I knew I could talk to him if I was. The head of the department was supportive most of the time, on an off day you may not get so much support...
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Perfect balance. During the end of the month, was very busy and jam-packed with work. Is a bit quieter in the middle of the month which allowed me to get prepared for month-end so I would not become stressed in this period. Never felt like I had nothing to do so never bored.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was certainly not running the show but had a lot of responsibility. I was trusted to sort my own areas out with suitable supervision. I had meetings with many of the managers within the company to talk finance which shows the trust that Experian places in it's placement students
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Excel skills developed dramatically, there are things I have learned on excel that I didn't know were possible. Communication skills have increased massively as well as presenting skills so should assist if there are any presentations in final year. There are too many skills to count that I have gained due to taking on a placement role.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Generally a happy office. Never really any tension between employees. Sometimes if the head of department wasn't in the best of moods you'd know to not joke around as much but that wasn't too often, he was usually a joker himself! Quite tense during month-end so was quieter then but no one minded as everyone had so much to do.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
As they take on a placement student every year they know what they're doing at Experian. I felt there was a smooth transition at the start with the previous placement student spending a month with me to ensure I understood my role and responsibilities. All in all, no complaints from me.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I think more so they invested in me by giving me a lot of responsibility. I was surprised by how much responsibility I was given so early on in my placement. This forced me to develop at a fast rate and helped me learn not only business skills, but life skills.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
No grad scheme which is a shame as I'd be happy to work for Experian in the future.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes there was but as I was in a separate office to the majority of the fellow placement students I found It difficult to connect with them. I spent more time at social events with my team at regular events ran (and paid for) by Experian such as the Christmas party.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Not too bad. I know the area anyway so lived nearby and found it simple to transition. Socialising is good in Nottingham as there are plenty of places to go with things such as nightclubs, pubs, restaurants, minigolf, cinemas etc. There is something for everyone really in Nottingham. Cost of my flat was fine too.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes there were opportunities to volunteer with the RSPCA which was a great project to get involved in. There was also regular football at lunch on a Thursday which I enjoyed a lot. We had an escape room as our Christmas gift which was a great day out for the team.