1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my internship, and I would really recommend it to anyone interested in a technical job.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt really valued as I was actually operating as part of the team, and making contributions that mattered. From day 1 I felt as if I was not "just the intern". The company culture is great too - you can go and have a chat with VPs and SVPs, and they're super friendly!
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My supervisor was very busy as he had a huge international team to help manage. However, the rest of the team were amazing. They would give up a lot of their time to help me grow as an engineer, and I never felt afraid to ask for help.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It was fairly slow at the start as there was a lot of training. There's also a lot of necessary meetings to get your work done, but they're very interesting to attend. There was always more work to do due to the agile approach.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was working as part of an actual scrum team, and my work was being added to their code base, and even went it to proper testing to be used as part of the final version
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I've learnt some great team working skills, and how to improve my code generally. There was also a lot of exposure to useful tools like git and maven. However, a lot of the technologies I was using were part of the program, and would not necessarily apply to many other projects.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was welcoming and friendly. Everyone had a smile on their face.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship had a team overlooking it, so everything was well managed and scheduled.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There were lots of workshops, and even a hackathon. My team were very supportive and really wanted to help me learn and improve.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There is a big push for new engineers, and the work is always interesting to move forward. The company name also carries a lot of weight if you want to move elsewhere.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was so many events! From a boat party to trips to London.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived in Burgess Hill - the rent was okay, but there was not too much to do once the work day was over. I very often travelled to Brighton.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Not great - Brighton was much better.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Lots of opportunities - Amex supports developing other skills and even volunteering. We had an opportunity to cleanup Brighton beach etc.