1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really loved the work placement! Every day was varied and exciting, and although the work was always intense it was definitely enjoyable too.
Every day was very different, and all the projects I worked on taught me different skills and gave me insights into different areas. It was an amazing experience!!!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by all my colleagues - I was always kept in the loop about decisions concerning myself, and trusted with a lot of responsibility from the beginning.
Whenever a contribution was valuable, I was always told as much, and I was always made to feel like a valuable member of the team who was contributing meaningfully.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My managers were all brilliant - they struck a great balance between helping me and giving me the independence and space to tackle problems in my own way.
Their approach taught me to manage myself and to manage my superiors, but they were always available whenever I really needed the help.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was extremely busy - but I count that as a good thing! The days tended to fly by even when I was staying late, and it was almost never overwhelming, as deadlines were clearly set long in advance.
Further, whenever there wasn't any work to do my bosses were always happy to let me go home early: I was never kept around for the sake of it, or given busywork.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The responsibility varied from project to project. On one project I was vary independent and responsible for almost an entire workstream, conducting a lot of independent research and analysis with hands-off supervision.
Other times, when we were closer to a deadline or on a tighter time-scale project, I was managed much more intensively, but the work I did was still important.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think the analytical thinking skills, self-management experience, and self-confidence gained from the internship will be universally applicable and useful in later life.
I think the training I was given would be helpful to a wide variety of careers, and I think it will definitely assist me in the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was really great - when there as a need to work people were very productive, but nobody ever stopped having fun and people were always friendly with each other, no matter how pressured.
The office was a really welcoming place, and everyone was really keen to involve us in social activities.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The work placement was really well organised - residential induction and training ran very smoothly, as did our inductions onto individual projects and into new teams.
Whenever there were any problems - which were few and far between - they were always very keen to resolve it as swiftly as possible, and were very happy to help.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company invested heavily in training us - a manager was assigned exclusively to train two of us for two consecutive days at the beginning, and some Partner time was scheduled to give us some in-depth strategy training.
We were also encouraged to attend numerous other optional training events, and team members were always happy to help me develop my skill base on a case-by-case basis.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Future employment prospects are really exciting! The work is fun and varied, the people in the company are lovely and exciting, and there's massive potential for advancement and self development!
Additionally, the chance to work across a wide variety of industries on a broad program of client projects is really appealing.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a great social scene - we'd meet up very frequently for lunches and meals, and placement students would almost always go for a night out together on fridays, helping to cap off the weeks.
Additionally, project teams were always tight-knit, with team dinners almost daily and trips to get ice cream frequent!
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?
It's London! Nightlife was good!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were - training events were very frequent, and speakers came in fairly regularly: on topics ranging from the potential of 5G to the rise of the Conscientious consumer and the resulting impact on companies and the environment, the talks were always fascinating!
Social activities were also very frequently organised, including barbeques, company socials and more.