1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my time as an SAP Intern. My role developed throughout the year, allowing me to take on bigger responsibilities and really start to feel like I was making a difference.
There are aspects that I found difficult such as adjusting to the 9-5 life and the lack of social life, but the overall placement was fantastic.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I initially struggled to connect with my team as I felt out of my depth, however throughout the year - I really started to feel like a member of the team.
I made some great friends and connections that will benefit me in my career moving forward after my final year of university.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My team were always available if I had any questions or concerns. I also had weekly 1:1's with my manager, and this allowed me to continuously update them on where I am with my responsibilities and discuss any ideas or questions that I had. The support network was really valuable throughout the first few months.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I never felt that I had no work to do - and if I was getting to that point then there were always projects that needed support.
I felt towards the end of the year my workload sometimes was too much and I felt overwhelmed as I need to manage my current responsibilities with training the new interns - hopefully this will be addressed moving forward to avoid stressful situations.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibilities throughout my placement year. The majority of my workload were things that my manager previously did or would've done if they had the time.
My work always felt valued and towards the end of the year I was given the biggest project of my year that would help the business greatly after my placement ended.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think that the skills I developed with be very beneficial during my final year of studies. I was able to improve my time management skills that will help me to manage projects more efficiently.
I also feel that I am much more employable now due to my experience, and I will have a significant advantage over those who didn't complete a placement year.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office I worked in had a fantastic atmosphere. There was never a quiet moment and the office was full most days. The staff inside and outside of my team were lovely and you'd often find yourself having a conversation with someone when making coffee in the kitchen. Big positive of my placement.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
There was a few hiccups along the way with being presented with too much responsibility when I didn't feel ready however the on-boarding and training was really useful. There was definitely room for improvement however it all worked and by the end I feel comfortable with how the internship evolved.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There are courses available on SuccessFactors however I often couldn't find much free time to complete these. I feel that more sessions to develop the interns skills would be greatly beneficial, especially if they were available to those outside of the Feltham office to ensure that the intern community stays connected.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I haven't been made aware of the future employment prospects within the organisation - as I've been told that they employment process would be the same for graduates as it is for everyone.
I feel comfortable that my internship would be beneficial if I was to apply for a role within the business, however a graduate scheme would be nice too.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were weekly socials in Richmond however for those who were not living local throughout their placement, this would be a difficult thing to attend. The intern boat party at the beginning and end of your internship were both brilliant though, so there is opportunities but there could be more.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
If you live in any area around London, you are paying a lot for everything. My rent was double what I was paying in my university town, however your salary should be more than enough to support you if you are able to a budget effectively. I haven't heard any money complaints from other interns.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There was few pubs however when comparing it to uni towns, it's definitely lacking. There were no night clubs, however London is only a short train away and there is a few surrounding areas where you can experience some of the areas nightlife. An adjustment from university life however not completely hopeless.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were a few events that SAP held throughout the year that interns were offered the chance to assist with, as well as being able to travel with work. The opportunities are often dependent on your role, as some teams travel around the world while some of them stay local to UK.