1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really liked working at Bloomberg. The work was extremely demanding but rewarding. I learnt a lot and feel like I further developed my skills as a software developer as well as my inter-personal skills.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
A lot of responsibility was given to me by my manager and mentor. The work I did is going to be used by them going forward. The other interns were all very friendly.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My mentor did not have a lot of experience on the project I was working on. This meant most of the collaboration I did was with other teams across the company. However, my mentor is the one who pointed me in this direction.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It fluctuated. At the start of the placement, extremely busy because there was a lot to learn. In the middle of the placement, it became a lot more relaxed in comparison. Towards the end of the placement, it got extremely busy again.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility for the placement. It taught me how to manage my time and work in a self-sufficient manner. There was no micro-managing from either my manager or mentor. Maybe I was given too much responsibility.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I learnt quite a lot about machine learning and designing high performance systems, which would be very useful in my final year courses and has also given me an idea for potential topics to use in my dissertation. The skills learnt during the placement would definitely be applicable if I were to work somewhere else as a full time software engineer.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Extremely positive. The office is one of the nicest buildings I have ever been in. There are free snacks and drinks for employees. The views are great. Everyone is very friendly.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was quite well organised. I think my mentor didn't expect me to finish the work as fast as I did, meaning an additional project had to be organised for me and that took a lot longer to complete than the roadmap suggested. This meant I needed to stay much longer at the office to get it done.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
This is probably the only negative I would provide. The 10 week engineering interns are trained on a lot of Bloomberg's internal systems. Whereas the placements aren't given any training. We need to opt-in to attend any training. However, the training that I did attend was very detailed and extremely detailed. I would recommend that it becomes mandatory in the future.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I think the interns were more social than the placement students.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is pretty expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I don't really go out but I have heard good things.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, the company has events organised to give back to the community. There are internal communities for playing sports regularly as well.