1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my placement at times but I was doing a lot of boring work that sometimes was not necessary for company. My manager has also been a bit aloof at times.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I have had a mixed bag. My manager has been aloof at times, then has been really great and valued my input a lot at other times. My other colleagues do genuinely REALLY appreciate the work I have done for them this year and the feedback has shown that. I have been helping other people do their job better all year and better value that.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given extremely little support and guidance in my day to day work.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I have been extremely busy all year. It has been a good thing though. I have been treated like a normal employee and lots of people see me as a normal employee.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I had a lot of responsbility all year - I have been working directly with clients and bsuiness partners all year. I was also asked to run a few different business development projects.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The ability to work under pressure and keep organised will help in degree studies and beyond. The key thing I have learnt is what it is like inside a huge corporate firm. To be able to get that understanding in a placement year before you graduate is SO useful. I will be able to navigate my way from the off as a grad.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was strange in my dept. Very few people turn up to the office and just work from home. I dont like that.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Foundation are okay, not great. The job is a job though, so the input from your manager dictates how well it is organised.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
You are encouraged to learn but as far as training goes very little was invested into me. My personal development came through persevering myself, I do not feel the company necessarily helped here.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Somewhat appealing. But you have to LOVE tech.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
This was one of the best things about the scheme. There are about 70 interns + more gap year students + apprentices + grads. The social scene is great.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London prices. You can find cheap and live on the cheap. The salary hardly covers it though.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
It's London. Whatever you want is there.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was lots to get involved with outside of your day job. You really really should too. It helps if you want to apply back and also helps you expand past your day job.