1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my placement, and was given a lot of opportunities to expand my knowledge and learn new things.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my colleagues, and was quite surprised to have been treated like a permanent employee. When I was struggling my team would always be eager to lend a hand and be patient with me particularly when inexperience and lack of knowledge set in. Regular socials meant that I was given a great opportunity to meet them all.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My initial on-boarding process with HR was a bit of a nightmare, but after contacting a few HR members whom I met during my interviews things were quickly sorted out. Whilst at Accenture, my line manager was always there to provide me with support and guidance when needed. I didn't really receive much support from other members of staff who were assigned to me, however I did rarely reach out the them.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My work load would vary a lot depending on my project. Sometimes I found myself to be really busy, and other times I had near to nothing important to do. Personally, I enjoyed having a balance as it meant I never went long periods of times where I was bored/over working.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Quite a bit. Being treated like a regular employee meant that people expected you to contribute like a regular employee, whether it be during meetings or outside of project related activities.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
All of the skills that I have gained/developed over the year will definitely be useful for me in life. Some of the main improvements that came from working were my soft skills. Training was offered out to me, as it would be to any employee, and all training courses I attended/participated were useful and have helped me develop as a software engineer.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Generally the office I worked in was relatively quiet and empty during the week, as most people would be working on client sites. On fridays, everyone would try to come into the office and it would be a lot more lively - although you would often get less work done.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
There were some organisational issues, but I believe that would be the same at any company of this size. We had an initial one month training when we started, where some of my start group had been assigned project roles, and others hadn't. The process of finding roles was a bit confusing, and I felt like there should have been more guidance and support for interns without roles.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There's internal training, external training, and the option to get 'sponsored' to complete relevant certifications. A lot of management will push you to complete training and get certified.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing. The company is a great place to work if you want to develop and learn skills. There is a lot of opportunity to move around and try new areas in exciting technologies.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
It was quite difficult to maintain a good social scheme given that many of us ended up being outside of London for most of our placement. However, I felt I got on with them quite well when we did meet up.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived in a London flat-share for the duration of my placement. It cost me between 600pm-700pcm, which is about average for an okay-ish place in East London. I'd spend around £140pcm on travel. London comes with a pretty great social life, and I found myself doing some really cool things after work/during weekends.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife was decent. I'd spend a few evenings a week out with colleagues etc.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yeah! The community at Accenture is great, and there are always events going on.