1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was a very immersive experience, that was beyond expectation. I learnt a great deal and was able to put skills learnt at university to use in the real world. I also learnt new technical skills as well as discovered a range of softwares and systems the company works with, hence also improving my technological capacities.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was treated like an equal and even on the first day, it did not feel like I was a stranger. They showed a lot of empathy and were always ready to answer any questions. They knew that the work can be very overwhelming and intimidating sometimes, but they provide all the support they can.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Management and supervisors were always ready to provide all the support they can. When tasks are given, regular catch-ups are organised with them so everyone has an updated awareness of the progress being made on the job. Feedback was also provided to improve the quality of the work at the end.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Generally I had busy days, which was great because it kept me going and always focused. I learnt to manage my time, and supervisors also said when the job needed to be completed which gave me a wider scope for planning. On other days, things were a little more quiet, but there was always something going on in the background that I could do to keep myself busy, such as e-learning and trainings.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
At the beginning, my level of responsibility was as expected- so not too big but not insignificant either, and as time went by I was given more and more responsibility. At the end of my task, my work was always reviewed to ensure it met the required standard, which was comforting.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I definitely feel like I have acquired a wide range of additional skills during my time here. I now feel more confident to undertake the rest of my studies and definitely feel like i can use the skills acquired to use, especially the technical skills. I have learnt so much about the subject matter and how it relates to the world of work.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was pretty balanced- there was a time for work and a time for play. But at no point did it feel like we had to be tense or be too serious. There is a lot of flexibility in terms of when we need a small break from the daily work, and a lot of internal events/activities that bring everyone together are organised.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was extremely well organised. From the point of induction to the point of joining the office and being ready for work, everything went as smoothly and pleasantly as possible. Even prior to the start, all paperwork was duly filled, and we were notified actively about any missing documents. Everything seemed to have been meticulously thought about.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm definitely did not hesitate to provide anything they could. We were provided with lots of online training materials and documents we could refer to for reference. People were also always around to coach interns. We were also provided with all material and equipment needed to proceed with the work.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Likelihood of getting a job with them after graduation is quite high. All interns are informed about this at the induction. Throughout the internship, there were catch-ups organised with my career coach, to discuss feedback received and my goals to see how it's going. Based on this monitoring, the career coach provides feedback, and a decision is made. Another factor to consider is whether there would be a vacancy or not.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene was great. Whenever there were company events/ parties, we all went together and it was obvious that the culture of the firm was about the people. They were extremely easy to get along with and always ready to socialise. The organisation of these events was also quite seamless.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I did not feel as though I was being ripped off. Quite generally, it was an average cost of living, and £3 meal deals at Tesco always do the job! i also study and live in the same area I worked, so there was no extra accommodation or travel expense.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nightlife is quite nice, there is always something going on on. There are many affordable pubs you could go to if you're having a light night, for more brave people there were Karaoke bars and for the energetic people, quite a few clubs you could go to. Entry prices are quite cheap too, with a student card.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There definitely seemed like there were many activities organised for the firm. But it felt like to fully make the most of them, I'd have to be there for a longer period of time. A lot of people mentioned sports clubs and volunteering. I had the opportunity to mainly attend social events.