1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Being a WB intern was a privilege. It was an incredible learning experience for me and am I so glad to have done it. Inevitably, there were tough periods and I became overwhelmed at times but this made me stronger as a result.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
As the Business Continuity team is small, I was given responsibility straight away. I did feel valued throughout the year but there were definitely jobs that were given to me because I am an intern.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I did feel very supported in the first half of my internship. I had weekly catch ups with my manager where we discussed how I was getting on and if I had any issues - I found this very helpful. In the second half of the year, we stopped meeting regularly partly due to me being more comfortable in my role.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was very busy on a daily basis - busier than I expected. There was always different tasks to complete and they were varied meaning it was never boring. That being said, I was never expected to work extra hours or on the weekend.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given responsibility for lots of tasks such as our team's finances and the mailbox. As mentioned above, the size of the team necessitates lots of responsibility for all members.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I developed my IT, interpersonal and email skills to a great extent and the training offered by WB was interesting, engaging and insightful. The year has greatly improved me as a person, worker and a student and will make me a more productive and successful in my next year and beyond.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The teams we are located next to are really nice and it created a pleasant atmosphere to work in. It was a lot quieter in my area than most of the other floors which I liked.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Incredibly well set up. The training delivered to us was excellent and WB made us feel like part of the family.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The training on offer was brilliant for me. How to present yourself, project thinking skills and a Myers Briggs session were offered and it really felt like WB invested and cared about the interns.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There is no graduate scheme at WB which is a shame but we are kept informed of any job openings in the future.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I was really good to be a part of a 50+ group of interns in the same position as you. There were lots of house parties and drinks opportunities throughout the year.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It's Holborn in central London - It's quite expensive. Rent is also high but it's the price you've got to pay to experience one of the best internship opportunities in the UK.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Lots of bars and clubs in central London. When you work out where the value for money is you're sorted.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Lots of volunteering, sporting and company days outside of work to take part in.