1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Really enjoyed the experience and felt nearly everyday presented a fresh challenge. The insight was invaluable and don't think much more could be expected of an internship programme.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
By the end of the internship I have felt extremely valued by colleagues and feel well respected within the team. They have been welcoming since the very first day and have included me in all in and out of office activites.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Large amounts of support was given to me by my career coach. Regular meetings made sure I had no questions unanswered and made sure I understand every part of the process.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
For almost the entire internship I had regular work keep me busy. Although at some points I had multiple pieces of work it never became a stressful work load. Most of my colleagues were proactively looking for work for me to help out on.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A large amount of responsibility was given to me in terms of the work I carried out. I felt this made me more proud of the work I produced and helped me to deliver greater quality.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Due to the large amount of economic content involved in the Pensions department this will be very useful in helping me in my further university studies. It has given real world application to my previous studies of Maths and Economics.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere my office was pleasant, sociable and very welcoming. Everyone got on well with one another and everyone was happy to help each other at. There was also opportunities for social events with office colleagues outside of hours.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was very well organised from the initial induction and throughout the internship. Everything was well explained and we were given plenty of guidance to help us flourish in our work.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company invested lots of time in my development. Induction training was given at the beginning of the internship, followed by online sessions given in the first few weeks of the internship. Lots of documents were also sent around giving further training material.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The possibility of a job offer after the end of the internship is extremely appealing. To be able to get grad job secured before the final year of your degree is a great opportunity.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The induction was a perfect social scene for meeting other interns on the programme. Socials event were regular in the firm and there was always opportunity to keep in touch with the other interns.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The costs of living and socialising were relatively average, and would be very dependent on how expensive or cheap you wanted to go.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Leeds has a fantastic nightlife, the number of bars and clubs is endless so there is never a lack of things going on in the City.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I was involved in a number of socials in my internship including quizzes and parties. There was also invitations to get involved in inter office football games too.