1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really relished my time on my placement. RPC was an excellent firm to work at, and I was given a wide range of responsibilities from quite early on. This allowed me to learn a great deal very quickly, but I always felt supported and guided by my colleagues.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt immensely valued by my colleagues. My contributions were valued and I received both positive feedback and invaluable constructive criticism in equal measure. While I was the most junior member of the team, I never felt patronised or condescended to - I was a valued contributor to the team's work.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My supervisor was excellent - she supported me from day 1 by setting clear expectations and guidelines. She gave me the freedom to pursue projects and work on things without being micro-managed but she was always supportive whenever I had questions - which was fairly frequently.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I had important and interesting things to do every day - but I never felt overwhelmed by the workload. This to me was the right balance to strike, as it enabled me to get the most from the placement but I also left feeling energised and excited by the possibility of working at the firm.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a great deal of independence to work on projects and find my own work, but again, it was not overwhelming or too extreme. Being given that level of responsibility was invaluable as it enabled me to learn a great deal in a short space of time.
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 greatly - I developed my ability to work under intense time pressure, to communicate proactively with colleagues, and also my attention to detail. All of these skills will stand me in good stead in my future career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Focussed but friendly - everyone was working very hard on big projects but they also had time for a quick chat or a supportive word. It struck a good balance between the work being the priority, while humour and support were always present too.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was very well-structured - I was always clear on what the expectations of and parameters for the placement were. The communication from HR was excellent, and everything seemed to run very smoothly.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm ran regular lunchtime training sessions on a wide array of topics - from Fintech to the minutiae of insurance law. As such, I was given exposure to a massive range of development opportunities, on top of the placement itself being an excellent learning experience.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing - I have managed to secure a Training Contract at RPC and I am incredibly excited to get started.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes - everyone was very friendly and supportive. We would frequently go out as a group for coffee or drinks, and there was a very collegiate atmosphere among us.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London costs - very expensive these days.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Excellent - the Tower Hill office is very close to Shoreditch and East London so there were loads of opportunities to go out.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes - a huge amount. There is a choir, sports clubs, and loads of opportunities to get involved with charity work. RPC seems to really excel in giving its employees the opportunity to do a huge range of extra-curricular activities, and it's a part of what I love about the firm.