1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed the internship primarily because all the people were welcoming and happy to help me learn. This included them purposefully taking time of their day to sit down with me to go through anything I did not understand and they were happy to get me involved in as many things as possible.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt valued by the fact that multiple people from different lines were willing to engage with me on some level. This included going through documents and providing me with work that allowed me to actively contribute to the projects they were doing.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Everyone was happy to help me understand anything that I had missed or could not from an initial standpoint. This included people from different work lines who were happy to take time out to go over and discuss anything that I struggled with to the point that I could rapidly learn a lot in a short space of time.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This was difficult as due to the nature of the projects I could not always get involved and so I spent a lot of time reading and sitting in meetings rather than being actively engaged to some degree. I was able to keep busy by approaching different individuals for work who were happy to pass things on when they were available but I was never buried under work.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a small amount of responsibility in that I was allowed to create documents and coordinate some works but this was always double checked by someone before it was sent out and so I was never given complete freedom, which given the nature of the work is understandable.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills that will continue to assist me will be the soft skills such as communication and people skills, along with time management rather than the specific indusrty knowledge itself.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office was a very good mix of work and play. There were many people around my age who I could interact with, and although the work was serious everyone was relatively calm and happy to engage in some lighthearted banter.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship scheme was relatively well set up. There were regular socials for interns, while how organised our day to day was depended on what team we ended up in. Mine was slightly less organised as what is worked on varies by project and so it could not always fit a set structure, but that worked out well nonetheless.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I feel that the company invested a lot in my personal training as everyone was willing to take time to help me learn and understand which ultimately added up to a significant amount of time that without which I would be rather lost. When they weren't able to do so they were able to point me in the right direction so that I could learn by myself.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The jobs are well renumerated and rewarded including many different perks. Working in the organisations seems enjoyable in that they are wanting you to do well and develop professionally but they also realise that you have a life outside of work so they won't work you to the bone.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were several organised socials with drinks provided that allowed us to interact with each other, but in terms of non-organised events interaction with other interns was limited as we were seperated between different departments, on different floors and in different offices which made it difficult to interact outside of a working environment.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living in London are known to be high, and the cost of socialising was similar although not too expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There were many bars and pubs open in the area which were usually full to the brim when it was good weather, and as long as you went with other people the atmosphere was great.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
This depended on what you wanted to do and as long as you went out to explore what options there were then you were fine. If you did not take a proactive approach to be engaged then you would sadly miss out on any fun.