1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my internship. My days were varied and although I was quite quiet at times, this meant I was able to chat with more of my colleagues and learn more about different work projects. I got a lot out of my internship in terms of learning and personal development.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The team quickly welcomed me and I believe I had one-to-one talks with the vast majority of my colleagues. I was included in all team socials from day one and I knew I could turn to any member of the team for help and guidance if there was anything I was unsure about.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I received constant feedback and pointers on my work. I was able to ask management for help at any point. I was able to speak to them at their desk at any point in the day or arrange a more formal discussion session in their calendar. I just has to ask and I was immediately given the answer to any questions.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The summer is not busy season so I was not particularly busy at certain points. At times I was told to just do some online training if management could not find a job for me to do. However, I was able to shadow partners and directors on the weeks I was particularly quiet.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given as much responsibility as I expected. All tasks I completed were fully checked by my supervisors although I was expected to set my own schedule for completing work to the deadlines given. I was always given the choice if I wanted to be on a specific project.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My technical abilities in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel have improved dramatically. I also worked with new pieces of software and I learned a new programming language. Although I study a very different degree than the program I completed so I doubt there will be any overlap in the terms of content.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
There was a great office environment. Everyone was very friendly and would smile at each other in the morning. The office staff were particularly helpful. The office was very bright and welcoming. There is a dress for your day policy so we were able to wear jeans and trainers on days we didn't see clients.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was extremely well organised from the minute I submitted my application. I was offered the internship well before Christmas. Everyone was given a buddy and mines contacted me more than a month before I began. The internship begins with a residential in London for three day where all the interns get together. We were sent regular emails throughout the internship by the recruitment team with reminders of things we had to complete.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I received a lot of training considering I was only there for 6 weeks. I was given additional slides to look over in my spare time. I was also able to attend programming training each week. There was emphasis on the training I would get if I go back as a graduate.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Every intern is given a decision on whether they have been successful in gaining a graduate job at the end of the internship. There are far more graduate jobs than internships so your chances are quite high. They assess you on every aspect of the internship when deciding if you have been successful.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The other interns in the office organised an event every week and my team organised an event every other week. The types of events were varied and included team breakfasts and lunches, wine tasting, escape room and laser tag. It was up to the group of interns to organise our own socials.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home and commuted into the office. I would usually spend £10 a day on the commute and lunch. Some team socials were subsidised by the team social budget. Socials organised by the interns were usually planned with a student's budget in mind. I expect the cost was comparable to any other city.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
As it is in a city, there are so many options for going out in the evening.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were many different opportunities to get involved in such as joining sports teams. Although I did not join any of the teams, we got several emails making sure we were aware that even as interns, we could participate. I was able to participate in a beach clean with my team.