1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Great internship - supportive colleagues and exciting projects. Slight issues with tech and HR affairs at times but nothing too big. Work hours are fairly long as one might expect from a consulting job but not too crazy either. Tasks assigned aren't the most technical or advanced, but then those are client facing.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Colleagues are really nice - they value your contributions in the projects and 99% of the time do not mind helping you out if there's something you don't understand yet. They also give out feedback for your improvement and are generally nice people to be around in or out of the workplace
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
For this specific internship I feel like my managers were extremely helpful during the projects and are quite reachable, though in one of the projects the managers were MIA quite often - which makes it a little bit confusing at times, but not a big deal overall as your colleagues are really helpful.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It depends on the project - some projects have you work from 9 to 6 and can deliver on time while other projects might require you to pull 11 PM nights all the time. Sometimes projects can be quite idle as the team waits for more information that's out of the team's control.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
While you're not going to be designing the entire thing or be given similar tasks to the associates, your work actually matters in the project and contributes to the client's final delivery. On the other hand, you do tend to get selected for the least difficult work, since you are literally the cheapest member of the project team.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I learned a lot of communication skills simply from engaging in project teams with my colleagues, and learning how to make client-deliverable slides definitely helped out on my ability to deliver information.
Several technical training was also provided which are mainly related to technical tools, a little more niche but certainly useful for anyone planning to work in the same sector or similar in the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It gets serious at times and can be quite standard, but it does get quite fun at times and there's often activities that break the routinity in the office. It's also quite an open-ish office by design which makes collaborating with coworkers a lot easier than if it had been a cubicle office.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It's really quite seamless - I didn't have any issues with the flow or the system for the entire period of the internship. The only issues really were at the application process - I had to do a lot of stuff manually by email and I feel like these are things that I have already done in the application tool.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
A little hard to say in a 10-week internship, but in those 10 weeks I could have opted to attend a half-day training every Friday (which I sadly only did twice) and the entire first week was assigned to training which ensured that we weren't going into our internship blind.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
It's quite a high chance to get the job from internship, out of like 15 interns in the past 2 years I think 14 got an offer. It's quite a good chance and decent prospects as the company's still expanding - the projects are at 100% utilisation so it's probably continue in the future.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The other interns were quite close and we would have lunch together, go out to bars etc - it's a really nice group and we're quite supportive of one another. There's a lot of help from the non-intern colleagues as well and they actively encourage us to socialize amongst the interns.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
This is Central London - not really much of an option
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
This is Central London - tons of options!
The office is literally next to a bunch of pubs and a lot of the best places in London are within reach - the Tower Bridge is something you can see out of the office window and walk to if you want.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There's limited amount of opportunities in the 10-week internship - we had a sports day but that was about it, and we couldn't exactly sign up for other activities in the 10 week period as this just doesn't seem to be the season