Summer Scheme Placement at Savills

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Role Description

4 week internship in the Planning Department

The Role

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.
5 /5

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.
4 /5

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.
5 /5

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 /5

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.
4 /5

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.
4 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Good friendly atmosphere, interaction between teams.
4 /5

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.
5 /5

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.
2 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • There were no perks with this Internship
3 /5

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

Appealing. Has definitely made me want to apply for the graduate scheme.
5 /5

The Culture

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.
3 /5

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.
3 /5

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!
4 /5

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

There were not any opportunities whilst I was there.
1 /5