1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my time at Travelport, everyone was very friendly and welcome from the start. I have made some great friends and the work- life balance was easy to maintain. There was not one day where I dreaded walking into work, my only criticism is that I would like more facilities that encouraged more down time.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt like one member of the team straight away, I was given responsibility and was given the freedom to change processes that we had used in the past. I was doing the same work as the other full time members of the company but I also never felt nervous to make a mistake as I had the strong support of my team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager and supervisors have been great. I would comfortable to tell them of any issues I had on my placement, it also didn't feel like 9-5 support. I was always being asked questions about what I did this weekend and if everything was comfortable moving to a new area etc. They made sure I was busy but never overloaded with work
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
In my role, how much work I had on varied from week to week. Some weeks I would be producing report after report, sometimes I knew I had some time to spare when creating a report. It was in these quieter days where I would learn new things or see areas of my role I could innovate.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given plenty of responsibility, I thought as I progressed through my placement I was given more and more responsibility. I wasn't thrown in the deep end straight away and if I ever was in any doubt I could ask a question to my team members and they would be happy to answer
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The role I had and my degree lined up very well. One of my modules in second year was all about my role and I could see directly how those skills I learnt transferred into the working world. Moving forward, I am happy the skills I have developed will help me greatly in my final year studies
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was generally positive, of course working in a office 9-5 has its limitations, but everyone was friendly. We celebrated other peoples birthdays and special events together. You could see someone you know and end up having a couple of minutes conversation with them. It was a happy place to work
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Travelport has had interns come through their process for a few years now ,and year on year the process is being improved. There was a great balance of work and personal development throughout the year. You had a handover period with an old intern that let you learn the ropes and you have constant support, from then on after its about you learning and growing as a person
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company pushed Personal Development a lot which is only a good thing!. They carried out monthly sessions on certain topics, these could range from Presentation Skills to Mental Health. There was a great variety. I was pushed to contribute which I needed and in the long run I benefitted from this
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?
Travelport doesn't operate a graduate scheme as such. A few previous interns have returned for full time employment as they already have a relationship with the firm. my only issue with this is that there is no pathway for development for full time employees, but this is only a small issue
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a healthy amount of other interns (18 in total) so there were a lot of opportunities to be social. However, due to geographical reasons it was hard to arrange plans sometimes. The area didn't help either as we always had to travel if we wanted to do anything social
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Being near London meant that everything was quite costly and given we weren't on millions of pounds some months you had to monitor your funds. This didn't make a difference from student living, but sometimes you had to be wary of how much you were spending on a pint or two.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Slough doesn't other much for nightlife...surprise. However, you are only a short train or drive from Windsor which has a lot more going on at night. You can also travel to London 30 minute train, this requires a lot more planning but it is possible you just have to think about getting back from London...
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
The Travelport Social Club offered a monthly event that you could participate in with other colleagues, this would be event like go-karting. The social club will offer you this event for a discounted rate, it only costs £2 a month which comes straight out of your wage, which is a good deal.