1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my year with Oracle. The scheme was really well organised and there was a fantastic Intern community.
I received great exposure to Oracle as a workplace and the technology industry as a whole.
I learnt so much more than I first thought I would through my year and developed massively both personally and professionally.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was given a lot of responsibility by my manager and my team early on and always felt a valued member of the team.
I was treated as a normal member of the team and with that came the same level of responsibility. This helped me to learn so much and allowed me to feel as if I was really contributing to the company.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was excellent. He guided me through the whole year, making me feel welcome and valued.
My manager exposed me to a wide range of contacts and experiences including customer meetings and external networking events.
I was also guided by a mentor and who was fantastic and taught me so much throughout the year.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was always busy within my role. Oracle has a working environment whereby opportunities must be sought and are not handed to you.
I learnt to be proactive in finding work and ensuring I could contribute to the team.
My manager and team were aware of the work I was doing and never overloaded me.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
My level of responsibility built up throughout the year which was perfect for my learning and development. By the end of the year I was able to complete the role of a national account manager, with the guidance of my team.
I became a real part of the team and was able to contribute to the role fully by the end of my year.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I learnt a considerable amount of skills in my placement that are completely different to my degree.
Confidence, networking and relationship building were the key skills I developed.
Whilst these skills will be useful upon my return to Uni, they will be vital for when I return to the workplace once I graduate.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office always had a good atmosphere.
My team was so welcoming and friendly towards me throughout the year.
The office was sometimes quite as many members of the team would work at home or in other offices several times a week but the atmosphere was always positive and welcoming.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was well organised on the whole. My manager and team were fantastic with me.
Unfortunately there was no Intern coordinator for my placement year which made it more difficult to integrate with other interns and get involved with centralised activities.’
On the whole it was still a positive experience.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
My team and certain members of my team invested a lot of time into me. I was made to feel integrated which helped me learn a lot.
I think there could have been more effort earlier on to develop my skills faster so that I could contribute more towards to start of the year.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Whilst there is no graduate scheme I believe it is being worked on. I would definitely be open to returning to Oracle. It has a great culture and has many benefits.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a good intern community. Interns were based in different offices/teams which made it more difficult to socialise etc but socials still took place.
Having an intern coordinator would have been useful to bring interns together to encourage socials and to also engage with centralised projects and activities throughout the year.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home and commuted which made it cheaper.
My understanding was that it was quite expensive to live but the salary offered is also competitive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife was good in Reading. There are many places to go out and drink and eat.
There are a couple of clubs popular with students so it is always busy!
Bars and clubs are easily accessible from anywhere in Reading and are all near the train station in the centre of town.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were several activities offered such as football and running clubs and well as opportunities to get involved with clubs in Reading.