Summer scheme student on rotation around a number of departments
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my time working for Savills in Birmingham as a summer intern and there was a really friendly office vibe and everyone I spoke to was really helpful in letting me know what social events and other things were happening around the office that I could get involved with.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
It was difficult to be given any really meaningful and challenging work during a four week internship in four different departments but the work I was set was interesting and I feel genuinely helped out various members of each team especially when used in roles that put my skills to good use.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Management in the office was really good, the main HR administrator helped us solve any problems we had such as technical problems using IT and things as well as introducing us to our different respective departments, supervisors within teams were really helpful setting lots of challenging but doable work that made me feel valued
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
For the most part my rate of work varied from day to day but in asking people in larger departments if they had any work I could do/I could help with I always ensured I was kept busy and people tried not to give me excessive amounts of work such as admin and data entry
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given lots of responsibility, from attending client meetings to drafting letters as well as making spreadsheets and adjusting templates, I also was left to measure buildings by myself, all in all I was given lots of autonomy but with a gentle guiding hand over my time here at Savills
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
We received lots of optional training at Savills through gototraining website, this varied from day to day but included things such as graduate roles and the APC process through to rural agency and topical departments such as affordable housing, the skills i developed were various but heavily focused on communication and excel
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere was bubbly and it meant that people were very friendly towards all of us, often coming to introduce themselves and say hi even if we wouldn't work with them. There was never any tension in the office or any irritation with each other and on the whole teams worked amicably together.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was really well organised with lots of training and social events such as drinks and lunches between various departments as well. People knew we were coming and had often prepared work for us in adavance as well as planning site visits with us before we had entered their specific departments
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Many senior level coleagues including directors spent lots of one on one time with us teching us about useful software such as argus and pro maps as well as taking us on site visits, meetings and to social events such as drinks. They invested many hours of their time in helping us help them
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Future employment prospects look good with many people in different departments offering additional work experience if I so desired it and wasn't allocated to their departments during the month period. The summer scheme at Savills is a good indicator of ho the graudate recruitment process works and is a big thing on a CV
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, although there were only three of us students we all met regularly for drinks and coffee's etc as well as getting lunch together, working together and attending training meeting and social events together. I can see that it would be even better in a larger team of inters with more people.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cost of living and socialising was reasonably high in Bimringham city centre but I commuted from home veryday on the train, the cost of socialising was high around the city centre but often people would buy drinks for less senior members of staff as a way of saying thank you for working hard and to build team relationships
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes lots of people offered us chances to join sports teams or go on social events such as drinks on Friday afternoon or mixed fundraising events as well as things like mixed netball, football matches or the opportunity to play in a cricket match with other people of all age groups