1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my placement at J&J. I felt i was always supported and that i had a lot invested in my personal development. Pay was good and i was offered good employee benefits
However J&J does have have a strong sense of internal politics
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I often felt the work that I produced was valued by colleagues, and my good work was usually praised appropriately. However on occasions, I felt that my administrative work was taken for granted
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given plenty of support and guidance from my management, and they always looked to find me opportunities to gain experience and develop existing skills. While i did receive feedback from my team, it was not very regular
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I felt that my workload fluctuated from week to week. Some weeks i would be working well into the evenings, whereas as some weeks were much more relaxed. This meant that it was hard to judge whether it was appropriate to take on new projects or not
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As I gained more experience in my role, i was given more responsibility. This continued to about month 8, where this started to plateau, but was always at the right level.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills i learned here will be vital for my degree studies, as well as for my later life. My understanding of how businesses operate has dramatically increased, which i will be able to feed back into my studies. I have also gained confidence skills, especially around senior members of staff
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was generally quite casual, and the majority of the staff were very friendly and pleasant to be around. However there was often a sense of workplace politics, which was often a challenge to work around.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement scheme was well set up, with a 2 week handover at the beginning, where you are introduced to the company, the industry and your role. There were no issues with implementing university requirements into my role
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company always has invested a lot in personal development / training. This was available for both full and part time staff, and covered a wide variety of topics, such as career development, presentation skills and cultural awareness
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?
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?
Cost of living is quite expensive in High Wycombe, as it is a sought after area, with good connections with london
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nightlife is quite poor in high wycombe, but it is relatively easy to travel to the surrounding areas with better nightlife
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
J&J runs after-work football on a Wednesday which is quite popular. The only other company scheduled events are gym classes, but these have quite limited spaces