1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I've had the most amazing summer! The Summer Internship Programme was way more than I expected. From the very first day in my placement I had contact with the real world and real impact in production. I took part in every meeting and felt really embedded in the team. It’s amazing how many things you can learn in such a short time. And it’s all due to this amazing environment.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt like my opinion really mattered. My team was patient with me, answered all on my questions and listened to all of my suggestions. I never would have thought I would become such a valuable member of the team. Everyone is friendly and approachable and not even for a second did I feel like I was "just the intern".
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Everyone from my team offered to help me in everthing. They sat down with me, explained the internals of the team and company and supported in everything I did. They were never bothered when I kept asking "why?" and I can honestly say that i have learnt so much from each and every one of them.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I do believe I had a perfect work-life balance. If I had completed a task, I could always ask for another or pair-program with one of my colleagues if a task would exceed my knowledge so far. I loved the fast-paced environment, but people were really flexible with the balance between work and personal life.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I worked in a team that had just inherited a project that was a bit old, so I needed help to understand it before I was given as much responibility as I wanted. Whenever I wanted to pick up a task, no matter what it was related to, the team supported me and helped me I got stuck in something.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
It was a game changer! I've learnt more in 10 weeks here than I did in the past 2 years of university. I certainly look at things differently now, I have a different view of how i want to continue my studies and I have much more confidence in everything that I do.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
People are really relaxed. You can have a chat and a cup of coffee with everyone. And I mean ever VPs and higher hierachy, (if they have the time, of course). Everyone is approachable and friendly and willing to help you with everything you need. And if they can't help you, they can certainly point you at someone who will.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was amazing! There were so many events organised for us, networking sessions and talks from VPs. We always knew what was going on and what is coming up. We had trips to London, Community Day and so many events that you could not believe. And we leant something new from each of them.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I had access to Pluralsight, where I completed multiple courses. Also, we had trainings on everything related to our job and company and that really helped us understand the culture of the company. Any problem we had, our leader was just a message away, ready to solve it. It truly is an amazing company
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I do hope to get a job here because I LOVED IT! I'm just about to go into my feedback session, where I will hear the outcome of my internship, but I really really hope to get a job here because this is the best company I have ever known.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
We were always encouraged to communicate and the Campus Recruitement Team made sure to organise so many events and to get us to know eachother, to break the ice and really become friends. We got to know interns from Marketing, Risk and other departments (i worked in Technology), but I can say we really connected.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived in Brighton, where prices are a bit high, but you can always afford to go to a pub with your colleagues and have a drink, or go to the movies, comedy clubs and any other social activity that you like. You will always find people here with the same interest as you.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I'm not much of a "Nightlife person", but some of my colleagues are and I have heard so many stories of their nightlife that I can say it's really good. They usually went out, but on some nights had house parties which turned out pretty great, they really enjoyed themselves.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are so many opportunities that you don't know what to choose. They provided us with a looong list of things you can do around here and places you can eat and they always made sure we were happy. I've had chats with people in my team and they recommended some amazing things to do around here.