1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my 4 weeks at Savills. I felt that it gave a comprehensive and valuable insight into life as a graduate at Savills. It helped me fully experience what private planning consultants do, whilst also allowing me to see what other Savills departments are about in an informal way.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt extremely valued. Everyone was very appreciative for any work I completed for them. Each person in the team took time to speak to me.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I felt extremely supported. I was given a seat next to a director who supported me throughout my project and was always happy to answer any questions I had. He spent a significant amount of each of his days explaining things to me. The point of contact outside my team was also helpful and would always be contactable.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I undertook a project which spanned the 4 weeks. Although I was given other work alongside this, having this running meant that I never had any moments with completely nothing to do. Business depended on the day and some days - some days included extra things such as site visits or meetings, whereas other days were spent at my desk.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The project I was assigned with involved adding and updating to previous appraisals. As a result, from the beginning I was trusted to complete this with accuracy and in a detailed manner. I was never given any type of responsibility that was out of my reach but felt the balance I was given was right.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Doing the scheme has helped me develop and generate new skills. I have learnt how to undertake a planning appraisal and project, which is something that is done regularly by planning consultants. My networking has also improved and pushed me to think about my future career even further.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Good friendly atmosphere, interaction between teams.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I felt it was very well organised. I was met promptly on the first day and the timetable of events worked well. My team had also thought about what they wanted me to do before I arrived, ensuring it was a smooth transition.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
A number of departmental and general training talks. These were done in London and so often their were technical issues which meant they could not be heard.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Appealing. Has definitely made me want to apply for the graduate scheme.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The team had a number of lunches in my four weeks which I found were a good way to socialise away from the office. There could have been a few more social events in my opinion.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I would say that it is pretty average, not cheap or expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I did not experience it during my placement but it is a city I go to University in so I would say good!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were not any opportunities whilst I was there.