1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my internship thoroughly as I was in the legal section of the company which is something I am interested in.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone was very grateful when I helped them with their work.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was very supportive and guided me throughout the internship. Offering me help with work and career advice.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Depended on the day, I was never inundated with work, so that was good. However some days didn't have that much to do, which meant I was quite bored.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a fair amount of responsibility, with sending emails to outside firms and setting up meetings. I also had to update a whole site and ensure all the information as not deleted, therefore I had responsibilities. But I would of wanted to have some more, as I feel I was able to undertake them.
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 assist me in applications for training contracts/vac schemes in law. I can talk about my work with the in-house legal team and the projects I assisted them with. It will also be useful for interviews and it gave me an insight into the legal sector.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office environment was very friendly and welcoming. I felt at ease to ask questions and speak to people in my own team and other teams. When it came to raising money people in the office were very approachable and friendly. The overall atmosphere was happy, and easy going, something you would not expect in a corporate environment.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I think the set up was not the best, my individual line manager was very good but the overall set up was a bit unorganised in my opinion. The initial setting up of computers, log ins was very problematic and slow, and at some points managers were on holiday, so work was quite boring.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We didn't really receive training, except at one of the introductory events where we received some teamwork skills training. However, my manager herself managed to get me at a day at a foundation course in a law firm, which was a form of training. Maybe more training would have been a good idea.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
They are appealing for me at maybe a later stage in my career, where going in-house legal would give me more free-time to start a family. However as of right now , it is a back up option but not an immediate road that I would take in terms of employment, as private practice is something I want to try first before going in-house.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There wasn't that much to do, if you didn't live with the other interns in the accommodation. So I only really spent time socialising with the interns on my floor at lunch sometimes. However, that could be something that the internship could include in the future to ensure that there maybe is a socialising aspect.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Some places were affordable like Tesco's and wasabi, so there was places to go and eat. There also was more expensive places. I think the variety meant that it was good for interns. I lived at home so I didn't really live in the area, but travelling in was quite expensive,.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I didn't go out in this area, so I don't really know about the nightlife in the area. But I'm assuming it would be quite expensive due to the area's demographic and the fact it was filled with private firms and big businesses. However, I feel that you could find something.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
No not really, most of the internship was based around the work within the company. I did not really get opportunities except for some talks with trainees at other firms, which my manager managed to organise for me. But there was no sports or leisure activities offered.l