1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Hugely, the team and company environments are both great and the fact that there are loads of other interns/ apprentices means there are lot of people in the same boat as you. This really helps make even the more boring stuff enjoyable so overall it's been a really good experience.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
A large extent; by my immediate colleagues from the start and increasingly by others as they got to know me more and I improved in the role. I think there's definitely a culture of earning your keep at WB so as long as you work hard and perform you'll be valued.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given a lot of guidance, I had weekly catch ups with my manager where we would discuss how different tasks that I was working on where going. We would also talk about what I wanted to be involved with in the company and what I felt would best serve my development whilst on placement.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It vaired quite heavily, some days I didn't break at all but others I had to actively search for things to do. If I tried hard enough I could always find some kind of task to work on but it was often a case of me trying to force my way onto tasks.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Quite a lot, the level of responsibility that you want is really up to you. You're given your core tasks in your job description and then anything over and above that which you want to take on is yours to ask for. I was never told 'no that's too much for you' so I handled to greatest level of responsibility that I was comfortable with.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I'm not too sure how it will impact on the rest of my degree but I've gained a lot of skills that will help in life after Uni. Because of the breadth of the company you can gain insights into a lot of different investitures and the importance of the interns means that you can learn a lot about how different people and business units operate.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Professional but very relaxed. Definitely more of a 'I trust you to do the work' environment rather than a helicopter boss micromanagement situation. There where a lot of events and activities organised by the company and colleagues which where really good opportunities ot get to know other people in the business and just have a good time in general.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well, there are a lot of interns and the program has been running for quite a while so it's a really efficient process. I had a smooth onboadring process with the predecessor in my role and the regular reviews help you track your progress so that you are always working towards a goal - never aimless.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was a lot of effort made to invest in the interns. We went to a number of education seminars and workshops aimed at developing our skill sets. Some were more useful than other's, as in a lot of them it was hard to see how the tips you were told could be implemented into my daily work schedule, in terms of personal development so I do at least feel that the investment from the company had some success.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very, although it would depend on the role. I have had to opportunity to gain insights into the workings of a lot of different teams within the company and because the working environment is so team oriented I know that there are some roles/ teams that I wouldn't want to work in. However if the right role came along I would definitely like to come back.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Definitely. There are so many placement students that it is quite hard for there not to be a good social scene. Even though you do generally gravitate to the ones that you work/ live with there is an overarching positive atmosphere amongst all the interns - we go out with each other after work see each other on weekends etc.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Living really depends on where you were living. We were based in Central/ West London so if you wanted to live locally it would be very expensive but if you were willing to have a longer comute then you could cut the costs a lot (it is still London though and socialising in the area around the office was quite expensive).
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Quite good, it really depened on knowing what places to go. You get told some good spots that your previous intern year like but outside of that it is really up to you. A good thing is that being quite central in London there is really something for everyone so if you look hard enough you can find something that you'll like.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
A lot, there a was a good social life outside of work throughout the company and there were also a lot of volunteering opportunities that you can get involved with. Overall there is a really good breadth of stuff that you can get involved with when you leave work if you're willing to take the opportunities.