1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Overall I found my placement to be extremely worthwhile but it had its ups and downs. It started relatively slowly with repetitive tasks but as the months went on and I gained more experience I was placed on tasks with new exciting technologies which I really enjoyed.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My developer colleagues made me feel very valued, especially because we were in tight knit small teams.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
All the developers were always willing to help you and answer any question, there is a mentor system in place where a placement is partnered with a more senior developer, however this senior developer can get very busy. The yearly one-on-one review came 10 months into the placement.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Very busy, but not in a stressful way. There was always task to do but no one would pressure you if you were slower at performing those tasks as long as you were actively trying.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I really liked the amount of responsibility I received, the responsibility was never too much as it slowly increased over time and by the end of my placement I visited a client by myself as well as taking on interesting projects by myself.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I developed many skills both academically and personally, for example, I have learnt how to use technologies that will be very helpful in my final year project, and I have also gained personal skills such as time keeping and public speaking.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere was positive, with a good balance between work and chatter.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The first couple of months were well organised. There was a month of training to get us up to speed with the company, which was very useful. After the first couple months you are treated very similar to graduates.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company invested in me quite a lot! They paid for me to go on external training and conferences which was very enjoyable. I do however wish that there were more 1 on 1 review sessions.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
this Placement Year
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I really enjoyed working for Zing which is currently a sub company of ProspectSoft and find a graduate job with them very appealing!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
ProspectSoft is full of young people who love to socialise. The social scene is what you make of it. People are always up for different activities, from Badminton to Indian food.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
We choose to live in Oxford during our year, Oxford is a very expensive city especially on placement wage. I would recommend other city's surrounding Stokenchurch.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Oxford has a good nightlife with many things to do!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were multiple opportunities for different events, and the opportunity to organise activities if you wanted to.