1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I grew both technically and in terms of interpersonal skills. While I had the chance to use what I knew from Uni, I was given the flexibility to explore many technologies in both front and back end that I hadn't used before. There are experts in every aspect to go to for help and they were all patient and kind.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Our work was taken into demos to VPs and product teams along the way. The problems we discovered were put into backlogs for other teams to resolve in the PI planning. They really appreciate our contribution and we were not just interns.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Most amazing management team ever.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Depends on the project you're given. I happen to work in a team where accessibility was a big issue, so we didn't have enough work to do in the first few weeks. However, there are plenty of side projects that you can take on. Just ask for them if you find yourself bored.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Again depends on the project. We were the only people in the team that have figured something out at the end of the project, and people ended up relying on us and asking us for help.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Found out so much about web dev and even UX design which I will devote time to learn more about when I get back to Uni. I now have a more realistic understanding of potential future career paths.
The interpersonal skills that I picked up will be extremely valuable.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Flexible seating was great. You can go grab a coffee chat with anyone. Relaxed and very supportive.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Our project did not have a clear end-goal. This was nice in terms of flexibility, but there were certainly times when we felt lost. Our project leader offered us to join the scrum teams at a point when the main project couldn't move forward.
The internship on a whole was amazingly planned. There were great social and technical events planned throughout the 10 weeks.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
People are the most valuable assets in this company. If you have a question, they will always try to answer it.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cheap in Burgess Hill, very convenient travels to Brighton for social life.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Burgess hill is a retirement centre, but Brighton is just nearby
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?