1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I learnt a massive amount on my placement which has given me valuable skills which I will be able to carry with me throughout my career.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt many colleagues within the company appreciated the value I brought and treated me as a regular colleague as opposed to a placement.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Within my role in marketing I was given as much support as I needed and was able to ask as many question as I wanted.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My days would vary in terms of workload, I would have periods of weeks where my days were completely full and I was busy from 8:30-5, and on the other hand I would also have much quieter days where I was not that busy.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I personally was given massive amounts of responsibility which is exactly what I wanted. I was essentially given the responsibility to run the Marketing for Zing (a separate company trading as ProspectSoft) completely on my own (with help from my manager as and when I needed it).
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have a module in my final year that incorporates website design, so in that instance my skills will have a great overlap. However I think there are also a lot of theoretical modules in University in which there isn’t much overlap.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
There is a generally good atmosphere in the Sales and Marketing area of the office, everyone is usually relaxed and always up for a laugh!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
For my role in Marketing, the placement was set up great with specific to do’s for each day and also targets for further along in the future. However there was some aspects that were less organised such as having our appraisals a few months before our placement ended as opposed to half way through the year.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was able to have an hour a week to spend on my own personal development, and I’m sure if I had asked my manager if I could have had another hour for something I was desperate for, that I would have been allowed.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
For my role in marketing, there are essentially no future employment prospects that are foreseeable, as the team is made up of a manager and two placements. However for other roles there are future employment prospects.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes we had a great social scene and would often organise nights out!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
For Oxford, the cost of living is relatively high as you pay a little bit less than London prices.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There’s plenty of nightlife in Oxford, there’s bound to be something for everyone!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were opportunities to get involved with lots of stuff and you were always able to organise activities yourself if you wanted to.