1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Working for Sony was an incredible experience although a very demanding role.
I was looking for an organization that would allow me to grow professionally in any area and Sony gave me that. They allowed me to branch out and follow training that wasn't solely specific to my role.
I would recommend working for Sony Professional Solutions to anyone!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my colleagues and wider team. I was treated as a full-time employee and many of them didn't realise that I was actually on my placement year.
Although I may not have had all the necessary skills for the role, my colleagues supported me and taught me a lot throughout the year.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My line manager was incredibly supportive and we had bi-monthly meetings regarding my progress and updates on my role. She was also very understanding and helpful regarding my university work that I had to complete throughout the year. I also received a lot of feedback and support from the team and department managers which working closely with them, helped immensely.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I had daily, weekly and monthly tasks that I had to complete but every day was different. Overall my role was very busy as I was working across a lot of projects and teams. I love that kind of environment so although challenging sometimes, I thrived in a busy role.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was the only one in my department doing the work I was on so I was given a lot of responsibility. It was a lot of pressure sometimes but I loved it. I felt extremely valued within the team and I wasn't just another intern. You will be challenged during the year but you learn a lot along the way.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I was given a lot of opportunities to participate in workshops and learning sessions offered by Sony . I was also very motivated and encouraged to go to external training whilst on placement.
My skills developed immensely, particularly working with Microsoft apps but equally soft skills such as my professionalism in the office.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office varied from department. Working in the marketing area, it was a very young, dynamic and amicable environment. Most people were very approachable and we had team building activities often. I was very lucky to be placed in this area and really enjoyed the social side too.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was well organized and we had several placement days where we visited other Sony offices. It was good to have a few days focusing on other opportunities than just the day to day work life.
They did however have a few issues organizing this year's batch of students as an employee left and someone else had to take on the work.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company encouraged me to work on my personal development and let me participate in several training sessions. I made the most out of it and networked too, meeting colleagues from other departments working in different areas which I may be interested in. They allowed me to work and develop outside of the role I had.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Sony have very few graduate roles post university and we were told early on that not many placement students came back to work for Sony. There was no graduate scheme until recently so the few that do work for Sony were students that kept in touch with their current teams.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social side is fairly active, the placement students had parties and organized a few social events across the year. The place where the office is, is not the most sociable of towns so most students went home reguarly.
The work teams are very sociable, going for lunches and after work drinks is a regular occurence.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I managed to get a place fairly close to the town centre cheaply and cost of living was average but I spent a lot of money on travel visiting friends in London as it is so close.
Going out wasn't too expensive and there were a few bars and restaurants to choose from.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There was one club in the whole city and it wasn't great.. There were a few spoons and bars that we could go to for a few drinks after work but there wasn't much. London is fairly close on the train so we could there a few times to go out.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Not really. They had a social club but I didn't look into it so I don't know how much they did outside of work. They have a gym and cinema at work so you could go there at a discounted rate which was good. Otherwise it was quite quiet on activities outside of work.