1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Extremely enjoyable. You're treated as a proper employee and not just "an intern". Projects are meaningful and are actually used. The social life is very good and the events organised are some of the best events organised. You gain a lot of technical knowledge and your social skills will definitely improve
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt like part of the team straight away. Welcome activities are organised so you feel welcome straight away. My team was very supportive of me and took time out of their day to help me out. Not once did I not feel valued and i received feedback on a regular basis
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
There was constant support from my placement leader and everyone else in the company. They were available all the time and we could easily be in contact with them either through email or instant messaging. You also gain lots of support through out the company not just your placement leader
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was fairly busy, but I wasn't overworked or felt like I was doing too much work and can't catch up. I never had to come in early or stay late and all my work was done during 9 to 5 and that's it. There was a good balance of meetings and actual work.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I essentially had my own project to work on so I took responsibility of coding all of it, design, etc. Any updates were pushed by me and I was responsible for the project. I also communicated with the stakeholders and decided what user stories to create and work on. Overall I was trusted 100% with the project
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I learn't a lot of technical skills here which will be helping me further with my studies. However my soft skills improved too which. I learn't how to present well and learn't a lot of skills which I didn't expect to learn. It has definitely been beneficial for my future at university
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Extremely friendly and people are always up for a chat. You couldn't feel any hierarchy and everyone felt like they were on the same level. Teams usually personalise the work space so you don't feel like a drone just working at some random desk. There are no preassigned desks but people usually sit in the same one all the time so if you sit in someones usual spot it might be a bit awkward
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
very well organised. We had an event before we arrived to get us all to know each other and some of the people in the company. Any trips outside of work were well organised and you didn't have to buy tickets yourself or anything. Everything was provided. Overall nothing to complain about
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We had access to the same learning resources as everyone. If you want to learn about a new skill or anything you can ask anyone in the company for help and they wont hesitate. We generally had weekly events where we presented with some new kind of technology
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing, I got a good impression from my 10 weeks here and I could definitely see coming here after university. The prospects within the company are promising as well and it seems like if you work hard you can definitely move up in the company. You just have to put the effort in.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
It was very good. Not only from events organised by the placement leaders but we would also organise events ourselves. Whether it was going to the beach, going to a new place, and nights out in Brighton too. You'd usually spend lunches with other interns so overall it was very sociable.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Brighton isn't the cheapest place to live but it's also not London so just expect southern prices. House prices are generally expensive especially if you're only staying for 10 weeks. Food prices are about normal and eating out is fairly reasonable too. Alcohol prices are quite expensive by the beach because well it's a tourist place
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nightlife was very good. Brighton has a wide variety of clubs put tickets can be quite expensive. Pryzm was £8 for entry on Saturdays but there is lots of people on the streets giving out wrist bands or vip entry so make sure to keep and eye out for them. Drinks are ridiculously expensive so make sure to pre well
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yeah there were football leagues that were organised. other random events too so there was plenty to do. Also its brighton so there is a lot of things to see and do in the city and london is only a train hour ride away and isn't too expensive if you go off peak