1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I very much liked the people I worked with, however the actual work wasn't of interest to me. I think I was put in this job role because it was something I had previously done, not something I enjoyed.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues made me feel very welcome, however as many of them work remotely, it was sometimes difficult to get instant feedback.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was in the office an avg. of one day a week. However, when I asked for help he would provide it within a few days. I didn't really feel like I needed much support, however if I had, I think I may have been in trouble.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
When I finally had my laptop working (in week 3) I had lots to do and was busy every day.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
not as much as I would have liked, but as much as was possible I think.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
a lot of the things I did, I have already done. potentially I marginally improved my Microsoft office skills, and also improved my confidence when meeting external consultants.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I sat with the wider team, very occasionally my own team. The atmosphere was generally quite relaxed, but I wouldn't say fun.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I had SO many It problems when starting, almost nothing was set up and I had to be the one to chase them. Before everything was sorted out, I was three weeks into my internship and had been reading blocks of paper for hours each day. After this, I was able to get involved in interesting projects, but had already missed out on most of it.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Not much emphasis on online training, no development plans or objectives until the very end.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Quite appealing due to their values and , however you'd be lucky to be put into something you really enjoy, because they seem to put you in places where they think you would be useful to them. Also the grad scheme referral process keeps being changed to be a lot more complicated than in previous years, plus they only made a decision on what to do, a week before we left. So a lot of people felt like it was a waste of time.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
nothing with colleagues. sometimes interns would do things together.
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?
theres always something going on, but I guess you need people to do them with.