1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed working with Network Rail because the company is so big so you can find out a lot during your internship. There are regular trips out of the office for away days and site visits, so it helps to give you an idea of the scale of the work the company does as well as the different offices they have around the country.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The environment is very welcoming and all the staff are really friendly and supportive. Everyone in Network Rail makes you feel like you belong in the company and that is the culture they like to promote. The people in the company will help you with any problems you may face and make you feel valued.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Managers/supervisors will check up on you occasionally and there is usually a weekly catch up session to go through things. You can always ask for help or ask them any questions about the work you are doing or anything really, they are always willing to help. They don't expect you to be perfect.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The work varied from time to time and for the most part there wasn't a consistent volume of work to complete. The key is to manage your time effectively and balance your tasks with other projects to make a productive workday. The other interns and I created a project to work on to fill time when we did not have that much work to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given quite a few important tasks to do, one of which included allocating the right amount of funds for projects. This was a key area in which I was responsible for as many members of my team did not know how to perform this action so I helped them use the system to allocate funds.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The particular team I was working in did not directly have any links to my degree or equip me with any new skills as the work was mainly admin based. Although, I did massively develop on my soft skills and presentation skills. Through small team huddles or bigger meetings, you will get the chance to improve your soft skills.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
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?
During the internship the company did invest in the interns in the respect that we were given the opportunity to go on training programmes and learn the same things which current employees are learning. The scope of training and development increases drastically once you join the graduate scheme as you are more permanent.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Future employment prospects are very appealing, especially for the finance graduate scheme where the scheme lasts 2.5 years and you finish all your CIMA exams within that time. After coming off the scheme you can expect to go into a band 4 role in any of the teams in the company once a position becomes vacant.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The other interns are very sociable and like to go out every so often after work or on weekends. With fellow colleagues, the majority of them would go straight home and spend time with their family but for the younger people in the office (graduates mainly), they would regularly go on nights out.
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 a lot of people in my office who played football and I knew of a girl who played netball. There is a multipurpose sports pitch right next to my office so a lot of people regularly go after work to play football once a week and they are welcoming to new people if you did want to play.