Intern, had different projects which derived from problems that needed solutions.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed it a lot. The work environment was great and felt more like working with a hobby than actual work. (Which is awesome I must output). I would definietly recommend this to others. It is a big company and a great place to learn new things and in a technological point of view they are very up to date in regards to todays information systems and tools.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
As written in my previous comment the work environment is great and that is in a big way thanks to awesome colleagues who help you if you need it, have passion for what they work with, and are warm and welcoming to new people. I have only been at this company for a few weeks, but already trust them and think of them as friends.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The managers are more like friends and coworkes, than actual managers. You dont feel like they are the boss of you, but a friendly guide and mentor. It never felt like they pushed you to do things you dont feel like doing, but instead find something that fits you and is just the correct level of difficulty to be able to finish in the time frame you have.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The way you work, at least where in the department I worked, is that you have sprints and every day these sprints are reviewed so the managers are able to get an idea if you need help and have too much work or if you are able to finish what you have as a task.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As an intern you wont get much responsibility in general, as this is about learning about the company and actually learn some new skills. I was given projects that I was in charge of, but this depends on how you define responsibility. If by resposnibility its meant being in charge then we as interns had a lot of responsibilities regards to the projects.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I for one learns best when I do things and have hands on experience instead of reading about it. So in my case, I learned things it is valuable to know and will defienitley help me later in life. It is important to comment that this was a short internship and therefore there wasnt too much to learn, but what I learned exceeded my expectations.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was as earlier mentioned amazing, and has been one of the best experiences I have had so far. We had different activities to shake the day up a little, and there was a never ending wave of jokes. This is by far an awesome experience and the people here are great.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The startup could have been better as there were some certification issues and there wasnt really plan in place. This however can be blamed on an emergy trip the team I was supposed to work with had to take and access/certification issues was more because practices which are actually very good, but they make things like gaining access more difficult and time consuming. As a information security student this is great, but as an intern this is anoying.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They didnt really invest much other than they pay I got, as I havnt been here too long, but I was given access to an event which costs a lot of money and had to finish different certifications so in terms of investment, it wasnt bad, it wasnt very good, but somewhere in the middle.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I dont have much to say other than that this is a great place to work and anyone who gets the chance to work here are lucky. In other words yes, a future employment prospect is very appealing and possible.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social enviroment in both the workplace and between the interns was very good and enjoyable. I believe (and hope) that I have made friends and connections for many years to come. I wish they had made a few more events, because it was really fun getting to know these people.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Not applicable to me, as it isnt too far away from where I live and therefore it is neither less or more expensive than where I already live and are used to.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Not applicable to me, as it isnt too far away from where I live and therefore I am rather going home and enjoying nightlife there than in the area around the workplace. However the work area is very close to this countrys biggest city and this city has a very good nightlife, but might not be what everyone is used to unless you are native from this country.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
This was the only part that was lacking, but thanks to great coworkers this wasnt really a problem.