1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I loved it. I learned a whole lot and developed skills that I can transfer with me to all aspects of my future. Whether that be university or other streams of work.
I was given a huge amount of responsibility which I am extremely grateful for.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues made me feel needed as opposed to wanted. That’s what I aimed for and Computacenter was able to support me in becoming an asset to my team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had bilateral meetings as well as developmental meetings that I really appreciated. I asked for meetings myself as well. I believe this can be improved on but nonetheless, constructive criticism is there if you really want to improve.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was very busy but from early on you are taught, whether it be through word of mouth or just by seeing how others operate, that there is a huge work hard play hard mentality. Something that is great for anyone going into a career.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Personally, I was given huge amounts of responsibility because I took the opportunities given to me in order to prove my worth. Once my team recognised that, my opportunities were endless. You make your own experience and if you really want to do something, at Computacenter you can.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have learned different aspects of work ethic, necessary skills and traits to use and have whilst working as well as more technical skills such as Microsoft office or bits of coding. I was really happy with the support I was given to learn new things.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was fun but serious. We had to work hard and then once we got the work done and there was a level of satisfaction from everyone we were able to relax a bit more. Work is key, though, and that’s the right way to look at it.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
This could have been better in my opinion, perhaps a more structured way for someone to work with their team. Nevertheless, personally I was able to work in the service lines that I wanted to with the support of my team and the wider organisation. Extremely happy.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was able to do different training sessions whilst balancing work, which was hugely important and an important tip to give to any aspiring placement student. The only downside was that I was not able to do as much due to the specific account I was on. Nevertheless, I was able to fulfil some objectives.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Personally I believe that there could be a place for me but I would really want to branch out and experience other career lines first. That being said, there are a huge range of careers to choose from at Computacenter and there is definitely space if you’re hungry and want to go for it.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I believe there was. We had a WhatsApp group and a Facebook group. It was really enjoyable speaking to the others and meeting up with them too. Having offices in London and Hatfield made socials a bit difficult sometimes but it was very good nonetheless.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is expensive relative to other parts of the UK, however if you manage your money well you will be able to do fulfil any social activities you want to do.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
In Blackfriars you’re pretty much on the city central. You can turn any corner and you wouldn’t be more than 20 meters from a bar or pub. It was great.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were many football tournaments, community and young people network events that were great. All you’d have to do is sign up. Easy as that. Loads of possibilities to join places and you also have the time to do it as long as you plan accordingly.