1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The internship was an enjoyable and inclusive experience. The welcoming environment coupled with the learning and networking opportunities provided a beneficial experience from start to finish. The group project carried out by all interns across the country provided the notion that a real contribution was being made to the company and its values.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
All employees at FDM Group are extremely welcoming and understanding, resulting in making you feel comfortable. They encourage you to be the best version of yourself, while being completely open and inclusive from the very first moment. All contributions made to the company had real value, and all employees are appreciative of completed tasks.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
More senior employees ensure you are on the correct path, providing support along the way. The inclusion of a mentoring programme at FDM Group allows advice to come from external avenues, also. There are many forms of support provided, and there is always someone to turn to, if the need arises.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
An ongoing group project throughout the 8 weeks ensured there was always something to work on, however, within my specific role the workload would fluctuate. Some days could be extremely busy, and others would eventually result in boredom. Although the group project was available to work on, there would be downtime and was more effective when work could be done in small sprints.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
In my specific role I had a fair amount of responsibility, although some access restrictions limited the amount of responsibility I could hold. In turn, this would impact the amount of work I could complete. This is understandable in most cases due to the implications that some access may provide.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
There were plenty of opportunities to access the training facilities provided by FDM, which would provide a basis of knowledge to take forward. In my specific role, I also learnt a multitude of techniques and practices that will be beneficial to my career going forward. There are also opportunities to continue at FDM Group after university.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
While sometimes hectic, the office environment was never stressful. Everybody is extremely welcoming and friendly, and there were various events hosted throughout my time here. The events are great for team building and workplace relationships, which contributes greatly to the environment. There was never a day I didn’t want to get out of bed and come into the office!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The employees at FDM Group are very experienced and professional in their roles. The internship is well refined based on previous feedback from interns in the past years, and those responsible are continuously aiming to improve the experience. The group project that we had to undertake was also well planned and considered, and the work produced from this is valued and even implemented across the company.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
As a training company, FDM Group specialise in providing world-class training to employees – the interns are no different. We had every opportunity to attend classes of our choice (business or technical centric), and a personal mentor was provided to each of us, which provided guidance in personal and professional development.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Future employment prospects at FDM Group are great, as employing graduates is a large focus. It is suitable for employment after graduation, and after attending an internship here there is a lesser transition into the workplace.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
As the interns were spread across the country, there was not much of a social aspect to this.
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?
There were plenty of events hosted by the company, in which many of the employees were keen to be involved in.