Shadowing a graduate at savills
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.