Sat within the pricing and performance team but within the Mortgage Capability team also, it was our job to look at the processes that are undertaken and find a way to make them simpler.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The placement was very useful and enjoyable, everyone was very friendly and is eager to help in anyway they can. Not only this they also are there to provide there own experience and feedback, my managers specifically made the internship really enjoyable by always being available for a chat and provides regular check ins.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Its not necessarily the easiest place to get to know everyone due to the nature of the office layout and people always being busy. However, having said that if you do find the time to talk to people they are all very friendly and will instantly make you feel like you've been there for months.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My managers were very good at providing feedback. By coming over and checking if everything was okay several times in a day then they provided a sense that the work you provide is valuable and relevant to the role. For development purposes the managers were also very helpful and allowed plenty of time during the week to complete it.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
During the beginning and middle of the placement the work we were given was probably about right it kept me busy but didn't stress me out in any way. However towards the end once I'd completed all my work then it became clear there wasn't any work to do so I became really bored.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
My managers were eager to give some responsibility across to give us a sense of fulfilment. However I often found the work to be too easy and sometimes found managers taking the lead rather than allowing me to complete the work myself, this could've been improved overall but I understand as I'm only an intern its not always easy to find work.
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 will be very useful in the future and will hopefully help me in gaining a place on future graduate schemes.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
this very much depended on the day Fridays are often very dull and there isn't much going on however during the week when the office is full its a fairly nice atmosphere still quiet compared to the offices of London but theres always people laughing and chatting which gives it a comfortable mood.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
overall the beginning of the placement was well organised besides the IT which is pretty useless, I also couldn't complain about my mangers they had planned the work they wanted us to do and were ready to support it. however emerging talent on the referral process was very disorganised, they were over a month late releasing the process and didn't provide much support with it.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Initial training is fairly non existent and is more a pick up as you go sort of mentality, however in terms of personal development there is a great atmosphere around it, the company provides the tools and time to be able to do it effectively overall, you are also encouraged to do this.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would love a job within the organisation, they take a great approach to the workload of staff and also allow working from home on more than one occasion during the week which could help fit around family issues. there also seems to be a good progression opportunities within the company.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Not really I was lucky on my placement as I had another intern relatively close so we could chat at lunch, besides this however there isn't much interaction between different areas and therefore you don't tend to see many other interns. however if you live in the accommodation provided then it will probably be different.
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?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Initially there was the opportunity to get involved with football but beyond this one experience there wasn't much else, the charity challenge was intended as a balance for this but really didn't work and felt more like a chore rather than something that you should want to complete, I'm sure if its something you're interested in you could find other opportunities for it.