1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It has been an extremely rewarding and enjoyable placement. There is more to the job than spreadsheets. there are lots of other interns and social opportunities and work events. The industry is also exciting and engaging. The Job has lots of variety and allows for you to explore other areas of business.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
you are an extremely important part of the team. You are expected to equip your team and management with analysis of the multiple data sets available. you are not just doing ad hoc work, without your work the business would not be able to run smoothly and you are as important as anyone else in the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
From the start of the placement you are given a mentor to speak to about anything and everything. On top of that, weekly one to one with your manager allow you to constantly felt heard and supported. you have a month long handover by the former intern which is a great way to learn everything about the job.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
there are period where you are busier then other but rarely had nothing to do. As my trust built with my manager, he would allow me to take on and lead more and more projects which was extremely rewarding and allowed me to experience and pick up a variety of skills.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
you are in charge of all the reporting duties for your team. This is a great responsibility as the Data you produce to them allows them to do their jobs. In the second half of the placement my manager gave me even more responsibility, allowing me to be creative by running projects and initiatives which was on to do with the whole team. I don't feel i could have more responsibility without it feeling uncomfortable.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think over the course of the year my enjoyment in working with numerical/statistical data has been evident. This has enabled me to develop strong analytical which is where I bring most value to my team. From working in a team I feel I am equipped with good teamwork skills but also with the ability to work independently when required. Something I am most proud of is the development of an ability to learn and adapt quickly which has proven vital at times. Attention to detail and being proactive to solve problems will also be useful going forward.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The Placement has been run for many years and they are constantly trying to make it better. In your first month there is the opportunity to stay in Uni halls near the office so you can get to know the other interns quickly, also during this month there is lots of social activities. Managers are experienced at having interns and are keen to see you develop and not just do your job role. There are lots of learning opportunities that are intern focused. There is also an intern community which is the company representatives for the interns which gain funding for events and raises any concerns.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Some managers are more interested in pushing you to achieve more, so it is a lot to do with your manager. However having said that, each week there are sessions about development which cover everything you can think of, from excel skills to emotional intelligence to personal finance. There are also internal courses and certificates that you can take part in. it is very much you get out what you put in.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There is a graduate scheme and one of the main parts of the placement is to encourage you to come back. However the only official scheme is an inside sales rep but if this is not for you then you can be hired straight into a role in finance for example however this is not a graduate scheme but a permanent hire role. Lots of employees are former grads, with a couple very senior representatives being former interns.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
With over 50 interns there is always a social event going on. The company also have lots of customer and internal events which normally end in social activities. From the first week there are weekly socials. Usually each month an external event within the interns will be organised like going to the races. i would say the thing i have enjoyed the most about placement are the social aspects and meeting such great people. The Placement is finished off with a paid for black tie ball for all the interns.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are nonstop opportunities. There are lot of sports teams and league. The main area you can get involved is volunteering days. You are allowed a day a month devoted to volunteering. This is highly promoted in the company and have lots of amazing opportunities available to get stuck into.