1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed it a great deal more than I expected to. I thought I'd struggle with the hours but in reality the time flies by - the majority of the time my workload was really varied and interesting.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I have only positive things to say about my team. From day one everyone was welcoming and willing to give me time, despite all being extremely busy. I've been lucky enough to build some great working relationships and after a few weeks really started to feel like a valued member of team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My buddy was great as a point of contact for day to day guidance and my line manager was also very available for more general feedback / advice. I felt comfortable asking the vast majority of juniors in my team for help.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Unfortunately it's just a fact of the job that the workload does fluctuate quite significantly week to week and even sometimes day to day. Some weeks I was extremely busy but on occasional days I did find myself for something to keep me occupied. Certainly could have been a lot worse though, on the whole I think it was a decent balance.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A lot more than I expected! Obviously as an intern you do occasionally get given slightly more mundane work but I was surprised by how much exposure I got through the project I was assigned to. I don't think many summer interns can stay they've shook the hands of two FTSE 250 CEOs after sitting in on meetings with them.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I developed are less relevant to my degree but definitely provide a solid base for starting my career upon graduation. Hopefully the work ethic I discovered on my internship continues into third year!
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It's a corporate office so it's never going to be the most exciting of places but everyone in my area seems to get along and are approachable.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well in general, HR keep in touch regularly with both interns and line managers and any queries are always answered promptly.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We had a weeks induction at the start of the internship which given the length of the internship (9 weeks total) is probably fair. Obviously the amount you learn from the training in this week is limited so I found I learnt much more on the job.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The internship has made me realise how keen I am to return to work at the company once I graduate.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
We had a couple of organised socials and occasional drinks on a Friday night after work but the nature of the job means you're often working late and so opportunities to socialise outside of the office are limited.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Central London - so pretty expensive! I tried to stick to a budget of around £300 a week (including £176 on rent). Worth bearing in mind that travel, food, dry cleaning, beers etc. all add up - so while £300 may sound like a lot it really doesn't go far.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Shoreditch / Hoxton area is great but most of the time I was too tired to make the most of it.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I guess there are opportunities to get involved with but I think on an internship you should be occupied with working as hard as you can to impress the people who'll hopefully give you a job at the end of it!