Technology consultant within Blockchain and New Ventures.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my internship a lot. I thought it was a great opportunity to gain an insight into a job I could be possibly doing in the future. I worked on two different teams and saw what each of them did on a day to day basis, and I also seen the opportunities that were available in other deps.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt valued by my peers and colleagues alot. From day one, I was included in all progress of the project, and assigned jobs to do that were on a reasonable level/standard. I was treated well throughout, with manners and respect and at all times I felt like I was contributing.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given a good amount of support by my supervisors and managers. They explained clearly to me the things that they needed me to do and carry out and if I was unsure I could go and ask them anytime on what needed to be done. It was a good set up.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Most days I had a reasonable amount of work to keep me busy. Some days I had less, it just depended on what was happening on the project. I understand that my knowledge on the projects was at a lesser level and so I was limited to how much I could do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a reasonable amount of responsibility on my placement. I could see first hand where my work was being used and what input it had on the overall project. There were times were I questioned certain relevance in things but I always was followed up on my work and it was always reviewed showing its importance.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills that I have touched on during this internship have given me a taste of ones that I could potentially do in the future and develop further in my career. The training I received is a good point of call and is important to have that standard/sensibility with me in the future workplace.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Atmosphere majority of time in the office was nice. People generally were positive and in good spirits, and there was always a social aspect to it whereby people talked to each other, had a laugh and took a break from work. It had a good balance between work and play.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship could have been organised better looking back. The first week was training so that was taken care of. However, when projects started it seemed sometimes as though supervisors were looking for things to give to us. Personally, my team/project was a lot more organised than the other interns I started with as some of them did not even get projects for their duration and were sitting bored a lot of the time.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They invested a reasonable amount on my training and development. I was asked by supervisors what areas I was interested in and what I was looking to do and get better at. I was also shown various sites/tools to better my skills in my own time if needs be. Overall it was to a reasonable standard for the duration I was there.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Future employment is definitely an option for my organisation. During my time there I got an insight in what could be done in the future. Even though I didn't see everything, I know now of a lot more than I did in the beginning if I should be interested in some other dep within the company.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, the social scene between my team was nice. We would go out for lunch together and events for outside work hours were organised. In terms of fellow internship students, a lot of us were spread out and on different floors so we did not meet as much as we would have had we been placed together.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cost of living was fine - I go to university in the area so I was used to it and what it would cost. Socialising was slightly more expensive as often we went into the city center which is more expensive than the university area I am used to, but at the same time I expected this.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife was the same as I was used to as I go to uni here so I know the places people go etc. I spent a good majority of my time in the center as that is where people in the office tend to go and it was always pleasant and busy.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, we regularly got emails of events and activities that we could take part in with the company outside of work hours. In terms of Belfast itself there are always a reasonable amount of things to do and get up to. As I live here I'm aware of them compared to others.