1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my 8 week internship and I found that everyone I met at the firm was friendly and offered to talk to me about their experience at the firm or the work they were doing. I found that I would be excited to go to work and carry on with the work that I was doing for my project.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues and members of my team always made sure to let me know what value the tasks I was doing would add to the project so I knew what I was doing was important. They also gave a good amount of positive reinforcement and told me how appreciative they were for my hard work, as well as giving improvements for the future.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My team (including my supervisor) ensured that they offered to help if ever I was struggling and made it clear they were always available to answer my questions - either about the project or the firm. I was also given many resources that helped make me aware of where I needed to go for different pieces of information if I needed to ask a question my team weren't able to answer.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The amount of tasks I was doing on a daily basis varied a little bit, which is to be expected, however I was frequently given large tasks which would take more than a few days. In the cases when I didn't have a specific task to complete, I was given a range of optional tasks to do such as research and training so it was rare that I was short of work to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a reasonable amount of responsibility during my internship - I was given relatively important tasks that would have an impact on the project (both short term and long term). However, because the outcome of the tasks I was given was fairly important I would have meetings with members of my team at the end (and throughout if needed) of the task I was doing to ensure it was of a high enough standard.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I was lucky enough that I was put on a project related to my degree and interests - I am very interested in technology and D&A because of my degree. I was able to use and improve technical skills that I already had because of my degree which will aid me in my degree and also later in life, however I also gained and improved personal skills that I will use later on in life. My public speaking skills and confidence have both drastically improved since starting my internship.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office was very diverse but in my specific team it was quite relaxed. The people I met were passionate about delivering good quality work. People were very friendly and happy to chat to you if they had time, there was also a number of social events (organized by both interns and teams) that I attended and thoroughly enjoyed.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was well organised in my opinion and the process was smooth in the most part. Some parts of the organisation could have been improved - for example we were given different messages on whether or not to request a work phone and buddies and teams were not both contacted using the same email. Overall it was good.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was given the opportunity to take training programs offered by the firm to all employees, however my team (being a team in D&A) also had subscriptions to a number of learning programs such as Datacamp and Udemy, which I was allowed to use. We were given career coaches, also, to allow us to focus our development and find the best way of attaining our professional goals.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The future employment prospects in the organisation are very appealing - I was told, at organised and by other employees in the firm, all about the ways I was able to develop my career and what my career path might look like if I were to carry on my career with the firm after graduation.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were many opportunities to socialise, including work events but also events organised by other interns; we had group chats for our office and for all interns in London which organised social events for students in all lines of services and other offices. Other interns were very friendly and inclusive and there were also weekly socials organised by the strategy department which I was always invited to.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is an incredibly expensive area to socialise as well as living expenses. I lived a bit outside London and commuted in however it was incredibly expensive - I spent over £1000 on travel whilst on my 8 week internship however this was because my project did not include much travel to client sites so I had to travel to the office every day.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
London is a very busy city and there is always something to do, any day of the week so if I wanted to go out after work there was not a lack of opportunities to do so. The big city and good transport system meant that there was a huge range of activities and venues.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were some activities though it was often related to the team or the department - there are many activities offered by the firm throughout the year however it didn't make sense to join a society as we were only part of the firm for an 8 week long internship scheme.