1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
FDM Group has an incredible work force, with employees who are supportive, friendly and approachable. I enjoyed my individual group project very much, as I had the opportunity to work with the Diversity and Inclusion team along side my Business Intelligence role. I was a BI intern for 8 weeks, which have literally flown by this summer.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues had given me challenging tasks with a guided support. I appreciated this as it was great learning curve as I had to do my own research, ask the right people, or simply ask my team for their insight and hep. They handed me a fairly important project which they would eventually have to do themselves had I not been here. This suggested to me that it was a worthwhile project that demanded my full attention and efforts.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
As FDM Group is a global company, it was understandable for managers to be dotted around the country. In particular, my line manager was based in the Leeds office, which at first I thought was peculiar. However, as time went on, I realised his presence did not influence his managerial skills. I was supported professionally throughout my internship.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
As a Business Intelligence Intern, I was given an ongoing project to work on throughout my time at FDM Group. Alongside this, there was a collective project given to all UK interns. This meant that although my role was intense, I was not under incredible time pressure. Also, the times when I did have a while available, I was able to work on the group project.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given more responsibility than the stereotypical intern would expect to receive. I had a project that needed to get done eventually, so it was not a tedious task. I also held a fundraising event as part of the group project, for which I researched, planned, put forward for approval and ran the event.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The soft skills that I had the opportunity to develop whilst at FDM Group are definitely transferable to my final university year any to any future job I may attain. These skills include interpersonal skills, team projects and leadership. The technical training that I undertook have opened my eyes to how useful computers can be. They're not just for googling memes or writing essays, but you can automate emails to be sent out to different people or create an interactive dashboard in minutes.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
A very modern company with a flat managerial structure. By targeting graduates, they themselves have a very young work force. It was very easy to fit in, but it was still a professional environment. Quite strict in the London office about appropriate clothing (tie, shoes etc), but overall a very friendly office environment.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was very well thought out. I had received a personal project the first day upon arrival. The group project amongst all FDM summer interns was also a great experience in project work and charity partnership. I had the opportunity to sit in a week long training course, which was very insightful.
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?
Since I was based in the London office, it was generally an expensive area. There are a few chain restaurants/fast food places that are good for lunch, but drinks and social activities are very expensive. The commute alone cost over £200, which is expected as I was travelling to zone 1 during both peak times.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
With the office based in central London, the nightlife was busier than most cities. Towards the end of the week seemed more popular, as beginning of the work week seemed a busy and stressful time. So definitely Friday is a good night to go out. I'd recommend Look Mum No Hands which is right outside the building.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Possibly but as a summer intern, it makes sense that there were not many activities to join outside of work. There is a small football 'club' that meet up on a weekly basis. They occasionally run a yoga class every month during a lunch hour. Generally a work focused business.