1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
There is no direct pressure to do too much stuff. But the environment is encouraging and motivating? People are friendly and I was lucky to be in a fantastic team, which was very supportive. We have good social events for interns and chance to mingle with graudates and recent grads.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Should I say we have been treated as some valuable assest. I have been encouraged to air my view and got valued and discussed in meetings or other discussion. They are always willing to answer my questions , debug my code, or any other problems, or offer advice with great patients.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Support is strong and guidance is clear. I had consulted so many people on the sudden bewilderment of what to do after university with only one more year to go. My mentor, my buddy, my manager, my boss, other colleagues all give me very valuable guidance and honest discussion. HR and the technology division has a lot of measure in place as well.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Quite busy should I say. I could always find meaningful things to do, which may not be the case? in other internship. I arrive at around 8:30am and usually leave before 5:30pm. If I was leaving late, my college would urge me to leave. There is no need really for overtime.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given limited responsibility. The project I was assigned to do was not urgent and too important, but hopefully it would deliver value to the front end business. I got the chance to discuss the business requirements, set up the acceptance criteria, write the code, do some unit test.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
To be? honest, my degree has really little to do directly with my work done. But I indeed learnt a lot of skills, be it new programming language , time management, agile methodologies and so on. I believe they would always be useful for the future. some training talks were boring.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was super friendly. I still remember my big boss has brought in moon cakes and other food to share one day. the structure was flat. people trust each other. Everyone was friendly. There's strong social and bonding beyond work, like go for a drink after work or play sport together just downstairs.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was quite organized. We had some general training in the first week then we went to our desk to meet our team. There are regular meetings, drop ins, or catchups to ensure we are on the right track in any time period. Although the so called group project could be better organized.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Not sure on the firm level. We did get some collective training that would be useful personally. My team invested in me a lot. Senior team member spent hours tutoring me and answering my questions. I got the chance to shadow as many people as I can, peers, graduates or more senior members from? other teams.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
This is too complicated. With the job cut, certainly many division and teams would not recruit new graduates. But technology seems to be less affected. There is still need for graduates which are cheaper to replace contractors or vendors, whose efficiency is appauling, in the wider background of cutting cost.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yeah, there was excellent social chance. Interns often go to drink after work together. We had a really good party in the last night at sky garden. The games was geear, playing games together was very enjoyable. I should say the way to social is still very old style, drinking is not suitbale for everyone especially female.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It is very expensive, but considering it is city of London and canarh wharf, it is still fairly reasonable. I commuted long way so that I could find a cheap but still cozy place to stay. Frankly the company gives settlement reimbursement, or signing bonus, which has helped a lot.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Don't know as I don't live there. but should be good, there's loads of places to go.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes a lot
go out for dinner, watching cricket and again drinking