1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
My internship was really enjoyable as I was welcomed into the team and given tasks to complete that were both relevant to the department and enabled me to challenge myself. Initially, some of the concepts were tough to understand, but once I understood what I was doing and why I was doing it, the role was really enjoyable to fulfil.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The members of my team and the rest of the colleagues on my floor made feel at ease from when I arrived at the Group. The members of my team that I was working with gave me the responsibility to complete tasks independently, and valued my input during group discussions.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My line manager ensured that I always had work to complete, and therefore I was never left bored with nothing to do. The colleagues on our floor who were given the responsibility of looking after the interns made sure that we always had events to look forward to in order to find out more about the business or to develop ourselves.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
For the majority of the time, the amount of work that I was given to complete was perfect, meaning that I always had things to be getting on with. There were times when I might have had too many tasks to complete, but the team helped me to manage my workload meaning that I was able to complete all of the jobs I was given.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As an intern you would not expect to be given complete responsibility, given the fact that you have not got the knowledge of the area like the rest of the team. However, given this, the team that I was working with gave me the freedom to complete tasks, that I wouldn't have expected to be working on at the start of my internship.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Although the skills I developed specific to the role will not benefit me when it comes to the degree that I am completing, the soft skills that I have picked up as well as the use of Excel etc. will stand me in good stead in the future. Also, it is a great opportunity to gain an insight into the world of work.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office was calm and relaxed and the colleagues on the floor were amicable and approachable. This meant that it was easy to get help with certain tasks that I was completing or even just to find out a bit more about other members of the department.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was well set up, especially given the fact that interns who did not live within a commutable distance of work were given free accommodation nearby to the office. Lots of introductory sessions were set up in order to experience different parts of the Group, which enabled interns to find out which areas were of greater interest to them.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The team put a great emphasis on helping me to challenge myself and to try and gain as much as I could from the internship. The tasks that they gave me allowed me to experience work in the department, which was balanced well with development sessions put on by the wider group.
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 atmosphere within the Group is really appealing, with colleagues being open to provide advice and help. This makes the work enjoyable and encourages you to ask questions about the role. In terms of graduate roles, first year interns do not get referred, but many second year interns attempt to obtain graduate roles within the Group.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Given the fact that so many interns were living together in accommodation, there were a plethora of opportunities to socialise and to experience life in London. Also, there were lots of times where I could socialise with other members of the department, both by playing sport or going out for a drink after work.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
As expected, working in London was going to be expensive, however the fact that we were given accommodation for the duration of the internship was extremely helpful and meant that I could make the most of my time living in London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
In London, there are plenty of bars and clubs to go to, as well as lots of activities to do during the day on weekends.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were a whole range of activities that I have taken part in whilst on my internship, from playing sport with colleagues, to visiting the sights of London. This has made my time even more enjoyable, outside of the internship itself.