1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
This placement was a good mix of challenging and interesting, and the pay was decent too. I had plenty of work to do, so there was no danger of being bored. The flexible working was especially nice as it meant that I could beat all of the traffic to and from work.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was never left out, and always felt like I was given useful tasks to do rather than grunt work. My colleagues were always happy to explain things to me if I was having difficulty understanding things, and I was made to feel like a valid and useful part of the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The managers were always happy to help me with any issues I had, and answer my questions. I was never made to feel like a burden or annoyance for not knowing how the company worked, and I felt like I was being listened to by my managers and my supervisors
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was always fairly busy in this job. I was never so busy that I felt overwhelmed or felt like I couldn't keep up with the workload, but there was always a job for me to do or something for me to learn, which meant that I was never bored.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a small amount of responsibility during my time at this placement. My duties were mainly minor, straightforward tasks, which I liked because there was less pressure about making errors in an unfamiliar environment. I didn't feel like the work I was doing was useless, though: everything I did felt useful in it's own way
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The company has an online training portal that gave me access to a lot of different courses on various subjects. I found this to be very useful indeed, as a lot of the courses were on topics that related to the content that I would be studying at uni the next year.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I fount the atmosphere in my office to be relaxed and friendly, whilst still maintaining a professional environment about it. The company has a flexible working policy, which I thought was especially nice as it meant that I could beat all of the traffic on my way to and from work.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was clear to me that the internship and graduate systems at this company were streamlined, well organised and that a lot of thought had been put into the running of them. The application process was straightforward, and responses were given to me quickly at each step of the process.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company allowed access to their online employee training portal to all the interns and graduates. This contained a large number and variety of free online learning courses across a wide range of topics. This was very useful to me, and I was able to complete some interesting learning there,
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would say that future career prospects for this company are very appealing to me. The company has a graduate scheme, and candidates on industrial placements (year long) or summer internships (3 months) have the option to be fast-tracked into the graduate scheme if they receive a good grade at their performance reviews.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
not that I was aware of
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?
I'm not sure
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There is a sports club and various societies within the company I believe