Intern in the Development Department, Savills Nottingham
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The responsibility given to me with real tasks that contribute to colleagues work load etc made my work enjoyable on a day to day basis; I was not just given trivial work to complete or paper work. I was welcomed into the team and made to feel comfortable which also contributed to me enjoying my internship.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Very valued. I was never made to feel like just an intern, I was made to feel like part of the team with my opinions and thoughts being taken into consideration etc. I was made to feel both welcome and comfortable, and all work I was given to complete was valuable.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The support given by this team was incredible and will shape my career in the future. Everyone from the Grads, the PA to directors etc have given me help and guidance throughout my placement whenever I've needed it. I've never been left without any help at any point when I've needed it.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Naturally there were some days where I had more work than others, and on the days where I had little work there were plenty of opportunities for me to read articles etc on the Connect site, so I was never without anything to do. I was never given too much work for me to cope with, but I was equally never left without anything to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given work which was appropriate for my level of knowledge in the sector, and helped me to learn new skills. The responsibility given to me was appropriate for my position in the team, and made me feel as if what I was doing was really contributing to individual's work load.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Everything I have learnt, from going on site visits to just being in the office and taking in a professional environment has developed skills that will assist me in my degree and beyond to my career. I have been given advice that will assist me for years to come, and have developed skills that will help me in my final year and beyond.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office was appropriate for a professional setting, however never felt tense or intimidating. Everyone encouraged me to be involved in conversations both about work and outside of work. I felt that the atmosphere struck the correct balance between being engaging and professional, but also comfortable and relaxed.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well - I haven't had a problem with anything that has been arranged. Being in a regional office as the only intern, I didn't miss out on anything that the interns in the Central London office experience, I was taken on site visits, drinks were arranged for me and networking lunches were put on.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Really helped - the GoToTraining Events online via telephones etc were very beneficial to find out more about other departments which are not in my office so I didn't miss out not being in London. I was taught different skills by colleagues in my office when carrying out new tasks.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would really like to be accepted onto the Graduate Scheme with Savills as I have really enjoyed my time here and it seems like the sort of place I could imagine myself working in in the future. At the moment I couldn't imagine working in any other company due to the Grad Scheme that is on offer.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I was the only intern in the office, with only one other individual coming for one week of work experience, however I did not miss out as social drinks were organised with the team after work one night, and have shared a networking lunch with my office in my final week here.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home during my placement so the cost of living was extremely low, however I am aware that it is not expensive to live in Nottingham. Socialising is not expensive around here either. However, I did have to drive around an hour everyday to work which obviously came at an expensive in terms of maintenance and petrol.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Although I didn't go out during my placement as I live an hour away, I know that nightlife in Nottingham is very good as I visit friends at university here often. There are many bars, pubs and clubs to visit so I am assured that it is not boring at all.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Being in a regional office there wasn't very many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work as there wasn't so much on generally. I was invited on the office away day, and as I have said previously I went for social drinks after work one night with my department. I feel like I didn't miss out on anything.