1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The internship at first was frightening at first but that was definitely due to the lack of confidence I had back when I started. However my colleagues at Travelport worked extremely hard to make me feel welcome and appreciated by training me the basics and giving me meaningful work that actually matters. I definitely didn't go around making coffee or anything, I was given a month or so of training then thrown into the deep end to learn from my experiences then given even more work around half way through the placement.
I definitely enjoyed being given my own independence as it allowed me to grow my confidence, not just in myself but in the work I do and my colleagues constantly give constructive criticism and feedback and appreciate the work with awards, etc.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Extremely valued, after the first month or so into the placement I was congratulated by my manager and 3 other senior team members for the work I had done, as I had achieved a lot of progress in the particular project in such a short amount of time with little to no experience.
I am constantly provided with 1 to 1s and given plenty of constructive criticism to help me improve and have constant personal development sessions which help a lot in developing my personal skills.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The first month or so I was given a lot of help, then after that it's essentially your own independence, however they don't just abandon you, they're always there for help whenever needed and are more than happy to help whenever. Managers and mentors regularly see you for 1 to 1s, generally weekly or bi-weekly depending on the schedules and always allowed to discuss your thoughts with them freely.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Very busy, even while training I was quite busy learning the ropes and getting ahead on what was required by the project managers. After the training I was also very busy, however it wasn't busy where you had too much work to do, more like it was just enough to keep busy at work and making progress in the projects. If I ever had too much workload then I could let my manager know and they would take the workload off myself to allow me to have some breathing space.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A lot of responsibility, literally the exact same as a full time employee and even almost like a senior positions role, as your manager can be quite busy too then they tend to give you some of their work to do if you need more work which can be huge responsibilities from time to time.
I've worked on important projects that other normal employees may not have been able to work on and met extremely senior individuals in the company, which is an amazing experience.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
A lot of the skills I've developed will help me in my university course, not just for the personal skills such as confidence, project management, time management, organisation, etc but also my practical skills in terms of the new technologies I've learnt. Including the new styles of learning and maintaining confidence under pressure.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere is always friendly here in the office, every morning no matter who they are, will always say good morning and have a good evening when leaving, etc. The people here are constantly supportive and will generally take time out of their busy days to help you out if needed.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement in my experience was very well set up, as I had plenty of things to do my first 3 weeks as I had training courses to complete and actual work to do and loads of informational presentations about the company and how the advice from the previous interns, etc.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There is constant personal development sessions that helped improved our social and personal skills like confidence, organisation, time management, presentation skills, etc. Depending on the roles you have, they will also help you develop your technical skills and send you on courses to help improve your understanding and knowledge in that area.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing, over the year here, I have seen previous interns get a graduate position here at the company and many interns tend to stay a few weeks longer until they start university again. The managers are quite open to discussing potential future employments and after university I heard they tend to recruit you again.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?