Working with Procurement, Implementation, Bid team and Sales Executives.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I loved my placement. I was constantly encouraged to meet my true potential and was reminded of my goals throughout the week by managers. I was inspired and motivated throughout and I was never left on my own. I was able to balance my work as well as socialize with other employees and interns in the evening.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Whenever a member of the team was unwell or felt like they were having an off day, the whole team would ensure that they looked after that member. It was not a job but a family and I thoroughly enjoyed coming to work every morning. I was also reminded to take breaks away from the computer for my eyes, because my manager was caring for my wellbeing,
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was checked on every morning of what I planned on doing for the rest of the day and ensured that I was writing my goals down to ensure that I met them all. I also had mentors which were in different teams so I felt that I was constantly looked after by the company.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was busy with meetings and projects and it started getting very busy, in the middle of my internship as they were able to see my skills and my potential. I was invited to all meetings to ensure I was involved in as much as I could in a short amount of time which I thought was brilliant.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given more responsibility than I expected. I was not treated like an intern but an actual employee who had projects, deadlines and responsibilities to ensure that the running of a certain project was a success. It gave me an insight of how to balance projects and how to keep organized throughout the day.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I was taken through Business Analyst work which i would need for the masters that I would like to do. I was also taught Excel to a high standard, something I had not used much in the past but I was impressed with the patience that this employee had to go through numerous rules and formulas with me.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I loved being in my office. Everyone ensures that they balance work and fun, with conversations about food, holidays, the weather and generation differences being thrown around. I was excited about coming to work and seeing what new meeting or project would arise. I was never forgotten in any of the conversations and was always encouraged to join at lunch.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I was in the sales department and I thought the level of organization that was put in to ensure that I was always busy was to an exceptional standard. It was a brilliant internship that helped me grow in confidence and also encourage me to follow my goal to succeed in the business world.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was able to develop my communication skills through a numerous amount of meetings with clients, which the company ensured I was always invited to because they knew what a brilliant experience that would be for a young adult. I was also given projects which had tough deadlines to ensure i was challenged throughout, to have an insight of what work would be like once I finish my degree.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I was impressed that with Enterprise they try and employ a range of people from different backgrounds and invite them into the family. Everyone starts from the same level which is a management trainee, so as you grow up throughout your adult life, you are growing up with other individuals in the company, which is why the company is more like a family.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were regular socials after work on Fridays, which encouraged individuals to turn up, for food and non alcoholic drinks. We were also encouraged at lunch times to mingle and get to know one another, which was organized mainly by the managers from all of the departments within the company.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It was a relatively good price due to what we were getting paid. It was not cheap but not expensive and we were able to have socializing events which did not cost anything, so everyone was able to get involved. There were also lots of things to do, due to be so close to London
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
It was a safe area, where I was able to walk back on my own after drinks with other employees and I felt safe. However, it was a very casual nightlife, drinks and dinner which I felt was perfect and very suitable for a work occasion with other interns and employees.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were many opportunities to get involved with regular sport days which involved the egg and spoon race as well as rounders. There were also meditation and yoga session which was to increase mood, energy and mental health. I thought the company were very attentive in ensuring that activities had a purpose, ie, improve mental health, physical health and communication skills.