1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The internship was very enjoyable. It encompassed networking, activities, working on different things. I got good exposure to clients and also made friends in the office. The people were the best thing, as they were people around you for most of the day. Everyone was really welcoming and supportive in my journey.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt valued by all of my colleagues, this is especially good on an internship when you have no prior working experience. On a client engagement both the senior associate and the senior manager trusted me to complete various tasks to a high ability, this made me feel part of the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had a career coach and a buddy. Both of these would have weekly catch ups with where i could tell them about what i was doing and feedback on my progress. I also felt like i could get support from any of my colleagues as they were all so approachable.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
On some days i was really busy, but others where there was less work i wasn't. It depends on the projects you get put on and considering i was only there for 6 weeks i got on a project from start to finish, this was a very rewarding experience for me.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Lots of responsibility to complete tasks to a high quality and standard, these would contribute to a report that we would present to our client at the end of the engagement so it had to be right and completely to an associate standard, so it was expected more of me.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My degree is not in line with the placement. I'd say i picked up people and communication skills that i can take into everyday life. I have also experience a corporate way of presenting myself, which i think is very transferable into other jobs/roles that may present themselves in the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere in the office on busy days was lively and fun, there was periods in the day that were quiet when people had a lot of work on. But mostly i found the environment to be positive and people liked to have a laugh and talk about things other than work.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The structure of the internship was given to us at the beginning of work. This included a residential training course in Windsor for half a week then an induction into our local office. We were then showed how to access our work timetable which was available on our online account.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company invest well in us by firstly giving us multiple classes around the specific work we would be undertaking. After this it was clean the firm was invested in me by its continual effort to offer and show me further opportunities that would arise if i received a grad offer.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The future employment prospects within the organisation seem good. There is lots of career progression in my department and also to other departments. The opportunity to take a secondment is always open and this can be to another office in the country or even abroad, this has excited me a lot.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
All of the interns were really nice as it felt like we were all in the same boat! The interns in my local office all got together most fridays fir drinks and food before going out to enjoy a night on the town. This was a really good way to make friends who were interns.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived in my uni halls so the cost of living was low for me but most people i have spoken to live in the city centre (Birmingham) for an affordable price. As with any city there are some places cheap and some place expensive, its all about finding an affordable balance.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
As a local student i am used to going out in the city. The more commercial nights out are on Broad Street (like pryzm etc). The lesser known nights out are in Digbeth, just outside of the city centre. These are usually events such as tech or drum and bass.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, there are lots of clubs to be joined on an office locally and nationally. This includes sports clubs, such as football, or more social societies. In our team there are monthly socials and lots of the time informal activities are arranged outside of work, like drinks or meals after work.