1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed the varied experience I had across different business units within the Deals Line of Service, from Corporate Finance (Mergers & Acquisitions) to Forensics (Financial Crime, and Capital Projects & Infrastructure). It was a great overview of a company with a strong person-centred company. They don't like when they say won of their key values is relationships! Networking internally and externally is what keeps this running smoothly.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My managers were all really friendly and happy to help and support me where it was needed. Of course, many people (particularly senior members of staff) are very busy within the company and so I felt personally, along with my peers, that you should first try to learn and support yourself before resorting immediately to asking for help or time from your manager. But this was a valuable learning experience in itself.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There was a large variation in busyness, depending on which project or team I was within. Most of the time I had work to be getting on with but often the deadlines were not too harsh so it didn't feel overly stressful. I also spent a decent amount of time having meetings with
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
This also varied project to project. At the beginning, I was provided with very specific tasks to complete but by my final engagement I was tasked with a larger activity. As a consequence it was more my responsibility to manage my own time and resource on completing this.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I increased my time management,
corporate social and networking skills,
general powerpoint, excel and google work skills,
precision to detail was key for all projects with both attention to financial and qualitative data, and to the design and optics of the presenting work.
This will all help me greatly with my personal organisation and presenting myself in the market place.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
People were very friendly and there wasn't a big hierarchy.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
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?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?