1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed the atmosphere, the people and the exposure to the business and the services. I was amazing to learn what kind of technology is being used in a bank and how all the internal software is being produced. I learned a lot about different programming languages and coding practices.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
It depends a lot of the person. Some programmers are very introverted and don't me to bother them unless I have something work related to say. It's sometimes difficult to ask help because I feel like I'm just a nuisance. In general I got along with people quite well. Especially with the people who are closer to my age.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I got a lot of help from graduate students. They were all very nice to me. I had to learn how to phrase my questions better to get help from my colleagues. The managers helped as much as their time allowed. They seemed to be very busy most of the time.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It took some time to get all software running on my work PC. The restrictions on downloading make a software developers life a little difficult. After getting everything set up the training started. I was given small tasks alongside which didn't take too much time. After understanding how everything works I assume I will be given more responsibilities.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
There's not that much responsibility yet but I'll stay here the next 9 months so I assume the responsibilities will accumulate. I still need a lot of help getting the tasks done so I think it's a good thing that I don't feel that I'm getting too much pressure to deliver fast.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills developed and the training received will help tremendously in the future. I assume that my university assignments will be very easy after working in a real work environment and doing research on how to resolve programming related issues. The real projects tend to teach a lot more than the university ones.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I work in the remote co-working space. The atmosphere is nicely relaxed but positive and efficient. It's easier to talk to the colleagues in this space. I have good relationships with my team and get along well with them. I can always ask questions from them and they'll gladly help if they can.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Generally good. From time to time I feel a little left out because I'm not a part of a massive group of interns. My company only took a couple of placement students this year and we are all scattered around the firm. I don't get all the info that the summer interns get nor the info the graduates get. I get left out of everything they do together after work.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
A fair amount. I'm very happy about all the Udemy courses available for us and the other training that we go through now with the summer interns. If there's more training that is targeted to graduates I would be interested in that too but probably I won't get this information.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Right now the graduate scheme look very appealing to me. I will need to get more information about the teams and the software that they are developing and the languages and technology that is used for developing. Once I've gotten this information I will decide whether to apply for the grad scheme or not.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
No because there's not many placement students and I'm getting left out of summer intern events and the graduate events.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Quite high. London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I have no idea. I'm normally very tired after work and not too into spending loads for a drink.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Probably a lot. I just don't have time or energy to pursue any other activities. Work takes 80% of my time awake.