4 weeks on the summer scheme learning about the business and gaining a better understanding of working in the industry and the market.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed the team that I was placed in for 4 weeks. They were all very friendly and welcoming. They gave me a variety of work to do throughout my time there so I could really get a feel for what the team does on a daily basis. Everyone was also very happy to speak to me to tell me about what they do at Savills.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Members of the team were very thankful when I completed work for them which made me feel valued by them. At the end of the internship they also took me for lunch as a thank you for my help in the team. My colleagues were always willing to talk to me and include me.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was assigned a mentor and a main point of contact, both were very supportive. My mentor set me work to do and arranged with other members of the team different tasks for me to complete. They ensured that I felt as though I always had enough to do and asked if I felt I wanted to do any work in other teams too - which I did one day in my last week.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I had two ongoing data tasks throughout the four weeks which meant that when I didn't have much work on I could make progress on the ongoing tasks. These were useful as they improved my efficiency using excel. August is a slower month for my team usually, so there wasn't lots of work to do all the time but I felt as though I experienced a variety. When I was less busy they encouraged me to arrange to visit marketing suites to see the types of developments that the team had been working on.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a fair amount of responsibility during my internship. I completed tasks by myself but I also made sure that with longer tasks I talked these through with my mentor to make sure that I had done the right thing and that my work was of a high quality. I felt I could have been given more responsibility but I think that the team was fairly slow due to it being August.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I set myself goals to improve my excel skills and get the chance to use a development software. I achieved both of these goals. This will help me at university and later in my career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very welcoming and chatty atmosphere. Everybody was very approachable and easy to talk to. The atmosphere in the office wasn't too serious but equally wasn't too relaxed - it was a really good balance.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The organisation of the internship was exceptional. We had the opportunity to attend departments talks to learn more about the business and the different service lines offered. There were also social events that were organised which was a really good opportunity to get to know the other interns better. The networking lunch with fee earners was also a really good opportunity to speak to people higher up in the business.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I didn't have any specific training and development but within my team I had the opportunity to use different softwares and also discuss new technologies that the business has invested in and is using in their every day work.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The summer scheme is very focussed on future employment with the firm which is encouraging. Savills is definitely my number one choice for the graduate scheme, so I am encouraged by opportunities for fast tracking applications.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
All of the other interns were really nice and willing. Most days I arranged to go for lunch with some of the other interns which made the scheme even more enjoyable. The drinks that were arranged also encouraged this.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living in London is very high but I was able to stay with a family member in London and the income from the scheme was more than enough to cover living arrangements and socialising.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Very good nightlife in the area.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There weren't any activities that took place while I was there but I know that there are many activities always going on such as sports teams, charity events and team building events.