1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Working at Ghyston was an amazing experience! Everyone is super friendly and although the work could be challenging at times, there was always more than enough support and training to deal with these situations. Along with work, the social life and community that Ghyston have is amazing and it really helped to make friends and get to know your colleagues.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
At every stage of the internship there were always plenty of people who were willing to assist you with any issues that you encountered, weather it was within the training process or once you have started working more independently. It felt like you were given a level of responsibility for the work that you were doing and felt valued by the team you were working with.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Throughout the training process you are guided through Ghyston's best practices and taught about all of the technology that they commonly use. Even once this training was over, there were always people to turn too if you needed support, weather it is technical in your day to day work, or something else, there is always someone you can go to about it.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Every day there was always something to do. In the morning they have daily stand ups with the team that you are working in, where you discuss the work that each person plans to do for the day. This made sure that everyone had the right amount of work, and quickly flagged up if the work load was too much or too little.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Once the training was completed, I was moved to a customer project. This felt like quite a lot of responsibility as we were working on something that in the end is being sold to a customer. We were left to work relatively independently, besides having our code checked over by a fellow colleague, and meetings with our supervisor to ensure that we were implementing features correctly.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think that Ghyston's focus on working in a team and adapting to different requirements quickly will be valuable in both my degree and future life as ineffective team work can often be an issue and I think Ghyston do it very well. As well as this, the technical experience gained form learning new technologies and working on large code bases will be invaluable when going into the world of software development.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office atmosphere is amazing. There is always people to chat too while on breaks and if you are stuck or want some input on a feature you are implementing, there is always a multitude of people willing to discuss it with you.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was very well organised. Training was given in the form of practical exercise and talks given by different members of the team. This then transitioned into working on a few different projects with assistance all the way through, explaining exactly what needs to be done, but still leaving some room for independent exploration and learning.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Plenty of training was provided in all areas of the company.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I have been offered a job as the company is currently looking to expand their team.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There is always something going on within the company. From going out to the pub, to other social events such as bbq's, theatre trips, trampoline parks etc.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
About as expensive as most other city's that are not London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I havnt personally experience what the club life is like, but there as so many pubs to choose from, most with reasonable prices and a good atmosphere.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There seems to always be an event going on organised through people at work.