1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It has been a highly insightful experience and what I have gained from it is more than I could've expected. I've been given opportunities to reach my goals and to really gain an understanding of the company and the different departments. It has been a valuable experience in which I have gained skills to take forwards into my future career.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Within my team I felt very welcome with all the members. My mentor in particular gave good guidance on tasks and I felt comfortable asking questions or for help. They gave me tasks which have both put present skills to practise but also reach out of my comfort zone. I was constantly busy with tasks and was always involved.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given huge support and guidance from a number of people across Savills. The talks the graduate team organised were incredibly helpful and always felt open to ask questions. My mentor guided me on tasks and always gave me feedback to constantly help to improve which was incredibly helpful.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was always kept busy during the internship, small and larger tasks. Even the small tasks were incredibly helpful in putting skills learnt at university into practise in the industry. Even if I would complete a task and ask for more work then there would always be something to be done.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a good amount of responsibility in my placement which enabled me to have the independence to develop my skills and truly understand the task. Yet I was still able to ask for guidance when needed which was helpful. The responsibility given to me has improved my confidence in my skills.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I have developed and the training I have received has been highly beneficial and will greatly help towards my degree studies and future career. The skills I have learnt and developing the skills I have learnt at university and putting them into real life practice which is something which will really benefit my going forward.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere was chatty and friendly, sometimes more than other times. It was a good balance between chatty and working. The atmosphere was also very welcoming and so I felt comfortable within the office no matter where I sat (I was hotdesking and so wouldn't always be sitting with my team).
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The overall internship was very well organised to ensure we gained the full experience we could. The department talks were well organised and very insightful as well as the organisation of events in which we could meet people from within the business to create contacts, also with other members on the internship.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company were constantly giving me feedback on work I had completed so I was able to see where I went wrong and what could be improved upon. There were also many opportunities to partake in talks as to the different departments and to be able to see where you could go in the future.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Future employment prospects are highly appealing as there have been plenty of talks about the graduate scheme process and the different departments. There has also been a number of opportunities to meet current graduates at the firm and gain an understanding from them of the scheme and what it entails.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a great social scene amongst fellow interns as there were organised social informal events in which we got to know each other and also self-organised lunches etc. Between colleagues in my team there were plenty of opportunities that we had lunch together etc. which really made me more comfortable within the team as it enabled me to get to know them better.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I commuted every morning from home and so my travel was not too bad considering the office was in London. The cost of the area is as expected relatively high for social events but is to be expected from London so was no different to normal. The cost was relatively average when compared to the experience you gain as well it being a paid internship which helped to cover my costs of travel.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
As I commuted I didn't experience the nightlife. There were a couple of opportunities in which we went to the pub after work and they had a very chilled atmosphere. The office was in London and so there were plenty of places to socialise around the area in which it was located.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were plenty of opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work in which this gave a great insight to the social life of the company as well as getting an opportunity to gain contacts within the industry, both inside and out of the company and with fellow interns.