Insight student (job shadowing) at Savills

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Manchester North West
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Shadowing a graduate at savills

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I enjoyed the placement as in the fact it was good to get the experience and gain knowledge of what it is actually like to work for both the company and as a surveyor. The people I met were nice and helpful if I had a query. However I think there are improvements that could be made.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

I felt valued as there were always other people asking if I would like a drink and so I did feel included in the team/ company. Also the people I met did take there time to introduce themselves and checked to see how I was getting on.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

I would say the experience/ team I was part of has guided me in a way so I know what general sort of areas I would like and the areas which I would not like. I did feel supported as my mentor would always come and check to how I was getting on, and provide me with more work if I had completed my current tasks.


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

As it is only my first year, the studies are very generic and so as of yet I have not been able to apply them to my university studies as the department I was in has not really been touched upon in my first year.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

It was relatively well structured, there was plenty of work provided to be done. Also there was some variety amoungst the program. However for it to have been better structured it would have been better if the program offered varied sectors to make the experience really worthwhile to get a grasp of what I would really like to potentially go into practice after university.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The general atmosphere was quite jolly a d relaxed, however at some points you did feel as if everyone was watching you which is understandable. There was a bit of banter however, it seemed as if a lot of employees were just there to work and then go home at the end of the day.


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

I would say not a great deal, they made sure I had plenty of work to do which was great but I did feel that you were just given a task and then left to do it for a while, so not much guidence so to speak, just general basic work environment.


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

I think it did give me an insight as it gave me an idea what that particular office which I was in was like. But I do think that each individual office will be slightly different from the rest.
I do believe that it would be quite a good place to work but also I think the atmosphere is very hieryachy oriented.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

With the company being very big it is very difficult to control every aspect. I do think that savills do try very hard to control as much as they can but at the same time it seems quite sloppy.
I do however believe that the company do try and get everyone involved with the company and activities associated with it.


10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?

I think the content of the experience has helped me quite a lot actually as the team I was placed gave me the sence that particular sector may not suite me correctly as I spent basically all my time at a desk which did make it quite boring really. So in respect to helping me decide I think possibly going into another sector may be more beneficial to me In my future career.


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11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

I was reimbursed some of my expenses, in order for me to go to the office I stationed at, it therefore increased my expenses massively. So I was out of pocket a considerable amount. However it is understandable that savills could not cover all my expenses as there were a number of insight students in the program across the country at the time.

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

Yes there were opportunities to meet other graduates/employees at savills as we all went to the pub on a night to socialize and have a good laugh. There were also a couple of lunches that we went out for which was good to have a more professional talk about the experience and opportunities that savills offer.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

They were ok, I seemed to get on with a number of people and had good conversations with them. There was nothing special about the events just as expected really.


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

Yes I did. I am really into playing rugby and so I found out that savills do take part in rugby matches, taking clients out to go watch them which sounds really interesting and a very good idea.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes I would definitely, it is enjoyable, allows students to get an idea of what the real world is actually like, also gives you an idea of what you would like to specialise in for your future career.