In the department that focuses on investment advice for the healthcare, build-to-rent and student housing real estate assets
I really enjoyed the insight. It was a good length of time - not too long and not too short. Also, I was always busy which was good as I was never sat doing nothing wasting time. Also, the atmosphere was very friendly and busy but not too intense. I felt very comfortable.
I did feel like my work was valuable. This was because what I was working on was actually used. Also, whenever I finished a piece of work, the person I did the work for took the time to explain its significance and what it was going to be used for.
I received a lot of support and I always felt comfortable to ask questions if I was not sure on something whilst working on a given task. People also took the time to explain the significance of my work and so I felt like my learning was supported as well.
The skills developed that I think will assist me in my degree studies include time management. This is because I was kept busy so had to manage my time effectively. However, what I actually am required to do for my degree is different to what I was working so even though the internship was great experience, I don't think it is that applicable to my studies - but this is not a bad thing.
The insight was very well structured, considering we had regular departmental overview talks and also some organised drinks and lunches. This was nice because it was nice to re-convene with the other interns and take a break from our desks. The overview talks were also very useful because it gave a holistic understanding of the company.
The general atmosphere was busy yet not intense. I felt comfortable in my area and it was also nice to hot desk so I could sit in a slightly different location everyday and meet new people in the department. Everyone was friendly and so were the other interns which made a difference.
I felt like the work I was doing was important so I felt like the firm wanted me to learn the ropes and I appreciated being given responsibility. Also, I appreciated people taking the time to explain the significance of each of my tasks because this helped me learn the ropes of my department and what goes on behind the scenes of transactions.
I think I gained good insight into what a full time role would be like because I was working closely with the recent graduates and so felt like the work I was doing was similar to what I would be required to do if I joined the graduate programme. Although, maybe attending some more team meetings would have been good.
The insight helped be to understand the company culture because of all the departmental and graduate talks we were given. Also, the arranged drinks were a nice addition because it let us socialise within Savills. Also, sitting amongst my team also gave me good insight into the friendly and fun yet hard working culture ..
It was extremely useful in helping me decide my career path. This is because I got given tasks that I would actually have to do if I worked here, and also got to see how the tasks I completed fit into projects which would be conducted my directors of the company. So I got a good idea of the career progression and the respective types of jobs.
I was paid very adequately. Considering how great the experience is I would have been actually happy to have bene paid less so I feel very lucky that I got a great learning experience as well as having made money this summer. I don't know if I can get reimbursed for my travel - I need to enquire about this.
There was really good opportunities for networking. The departmental overview talks meant we were introduced to a variety of people within the company, who we could reach out to afterwards if we wanted to. Also, the arranged fee earner lunch was particularly a good addition because it gave the chance for one-on-one discussions.
The social event opportunities were good. Even though not many were arranged for the interns as a group, I think this was nice because the few that were given, were enough for us as interns to then take initiative and to organise our own social events when we felt like it.
Yes- through the departmental overview talks and also just being a part of the team for a month. I think it made a difference working closely with some graduates because they are of a similar age and so got good insight into what they do outside of work and was invited to go for lunch and drinks.
Yes because it does not take up too long of your summer and was a jam-packed experience where I actually learnt a lot. Also, it was great to help decide what I do want out of a career and whether I want to pursue this career path. You are also kept busy and feel valued.