1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
My placement experience was a huge learning experience and a real insight into the world of technology and business. I have met people from across the entire business at FDM as well as others visiting from our global offices. I loved the amount of responsibility I have and also those I have earned from building trust with my colleagues. I cannot thank FDM enough for the time they have invested in me and my placement.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Here at FDM I feel very valued. The people I work with are not only my colleagues but I have also made friends for life. Many forget that I am a placement student and it has shocked them that soon I'll be heading back to university in September. I am trusted with responsibility from senior stakeholders and I am delegated tasks because they trust me and value my input.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I have transitioned through many teams during my 12 months at FDM. Therefore, I have worked under many line managers and style of work and management. I am so grateful for this experience as I have seen and first hand experienced differing types of management and how they support me. I have gained so much support and the opportunity to ask questions whenever I need to.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was busy from my first day. The work here and responsibilities is what you make of it and therefore I have been busy across the entire year. As I became more experienced in my role I gained further responsibilities which kept my days busy. There is always a task to get on with or someone who needs my help.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I have the same responsibilities as the internal full time employees here at FDM. Placement students are treated the same as all staff and there is no difference in the work expected and quality of work produced. We are here to learn and work hard and that is exactly what FDM has offered me. Across the year I have been reporting for the UK Sales Director and my mangers that lie under her. I see where my work goes and how it contributes the business.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills gained at FDM will help me not only in my final year of university but further beyond into the world of work and careers in the not so distant future. I have seen how all the different departments compliment each other and have had exposure to clients and how they operate. Not only that FDM have encouraged me to take part in many of their graduate training programmes, equipping me with proficient skills in Excel and Project Management.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
the atmosphere is very lively since working in Sales. The flat structure of the company means on a daily basis I am exposed to senior members of the business. Their are many social events that take place weekly inside ad outside of working hours. I have made friends for life here.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
my placement was well organised from the start. I had a week hand over period with the previous placement student which helped me massively to integrate into the team and FDM as a business. my job role was clear for me and I knew my responsibilities and peoples expectations from the first 2 weeks.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
FDM invested a lot into my personal development as they not only wanted the best for me and my development but also they wanted and needed someone who could perform my role to a high standard with attention to detail. I went on many internal training days and sessions which I value and am grateful for.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
very appealing. I have been given the opportunity to shadow other members of the business who sit in different departments to see whether I'd like to progress a career outside of sales that I currently work in. Furthermore, there are job prospects for when I finish my degree to return.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes the social side of FDM is one of the main reasons why I love working here. Everyone in my team are so young and fun to be around. Work fly's by most days and it's always great fun to socialise with everyone on a Friday evening by the river at London Bridge.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is expensive to socialise in, but then again this is expected since its the capital city. Saying that, FDM offers a good salary as it was never out of reach. Most Friday's I am out with colleagues and friends from work whether its drinks or dinner. We also often have team nights which is great fun especially since our office is based at London Bridge.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The night life in London is amazing. Everything and everywhere is accessible via the tube and its cheap and quick to get to new locations. Additionally, its great to be able to meet friends and others who are on placement in London. Everyone is more than happy to meet for a night out considering my central location.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes at work we have a football team and netball team that play weekly in leagues in London. Its a great thing to be a part of and often each team will go an support the other as they do not play on the same nights. I'd of liked their to be a women's football team but then again that's just my personal preference.