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1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have been fully involved in the current work the team has been instructed to undertake, from site visits, to client lunches and meetings and team meetings.
I have really enjoyed the departmental overview talks that has given a wider view of Savills as a business and most of the service lines that it has to offer.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Each member of my team has been very welcoming and greeted me every morning. My colleagues always appreciated my input and thanked me for any completed tasks that I had been asked to carry out. In my first week I had a welcome lunch organised for me by the team so that I could get to know everyone which really helped me to feel comfortable and bond with the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
From day one I have had impeccable support and guidance, I found having a mentor help me set things up invaluable. All directors and the head of the team were never to busy to answer my questions and have all taught me a lot in the short space of time with the team and provided feedback on my work.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I have had the perfect balance of work to keep me busy and engaged. I enjoyed having a few tasks on the go at the same time and the flexibility to manage my own time in order to meet the deadlines set by the directors that had given me work.
The key to having enough work was to ask each director that I met if they needed any assistance in the work they have currently been instructed to carry out.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I had been given the responsibility to obtain information from various media and communication sources including phoning other agents to compile information together in order to present the information to either an associate director, director or head of team.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My organisation and time keeping skills that have been improved will ensure that I keep to deadlines. My improved communication skills will help me to deliver better presentations in my course modules and my increased commercial awareness will help me to understand the content that I am learning in my lectures.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office environment was great, there was lots of communication about the work whilst some jokes and stories were also exchanged which kept things fun. The team was very friendly and approachable which helped me to feel comfortable in a new team. Overall the team was very happy which made the work more enjoyable.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The whole internship was very well organised. Having a mentor from day one was extremely helpful and the use of outlook to invite interns to departmental talks was very effective. Field trips were also organised for the interns which kept things interesting and helped all interns to understand more about the built environment.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There has been many times when someone in the team has showed me a new piece of software and trained me to use it. The team always answered my questions comprehensively and would always have time for me.
Feedback on my work was provided which helped with my development along with the various meetings I attended.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
My internship went incredibly well and I have now been invited to a special lunch that is being held for the 'superstars' of the internship which should result in a graduate position offer for when I graduate.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
yes absolutely, we met for lunch on many occasions and we also had drinks held for us at certain times throughout the internship which helped us to get to know each other better. On a many occasions we all met after work to socialise and catch up and review how our placement was going.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is quite expensive but that is to be expected and the pay for the internship reflects the cost of living and socialising in London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The is always so much to do in London, from axe throwing to ping pong and partying. Near enough everything you can think of doing for enjoyment is just a few minutes away and can be accessed by public transport or on foot.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
This could certainly be improved, as no such sporting events were help for the interns whilst I attended the internship. I would suggest a few football or softball/ cricket events being set up in future interships.