I was a technology consultant project manager for 6 months then a DevOps engineer (software engineer) for 6 months.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed the placement a lot than I thought I would. Firstly training was very helpful to first settle in. I worked as a technology consultant project manager and as a DevOps engineer. After 6 months or so you can keep on working within your current role or apply internally to work on different projects.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
When I first joined, the team literally felt like family. Laughing, casual jokes as if they were siblings, buying coffee for everyone etc. Honestly one of the best teams I had. My colleagues supported me and gave me a lot of advice on how I could improve so I could take over and deliver 2 projects to the client which I did
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
For guidance, don't expect someone to hold your hand every day. My manager was very kind to sit down with a small team with myself and explain the project /contracts we were working on (it was a massive project). For the following days, I would draft my work emails and send it to my manager to review in order to polish my professional vocabulary and structuring emails correctly
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Some days were very busy, as a consultant if you don't work long hours when you need to, you won't get your work done (it's the same at any company). However Accenture have a policy in place if you work the night you can come in later the morning etc.
For engineering, there was a lot more of a 50/50 balance
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I managed 2 different teams to deliver 2 client projects on behalf of Accenture. For software engineering (DevOps), I was reliable to the point where most of team would first contact me for assistance so I was involved in a lot of tech work as well.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The initial training won't be that helpful it's mainly just history and learning about the company, the skills actually developed during placement year will stay with you for life and will be really helpful for when you start your graduate role as you already have that experience
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was amazing. On the first day it genuinely felt like everyone was family. However does depend on what team you're in.
In terms of general atmosphere, it was a colourful office, everyone was friendly. Not really much to say, it's what you would expect however a tad bit more relaxed.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement starts with induction training, then technical training for about a month.
You then go into your role, I thought the training at the beginning was good and a nice way to get used to the pace at work however when you're working within your role, it is a steep learning curve and different to training. It's the type of experience where you improve and learn during work.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Accenture has really good opportunities for anyone to partake in. E. G. There was a AI training session is real Madrid, people can apply and if their manage approved, they could go. There are quite a lot of general discussions /training every week or 2.
There's also a training course website where you can take any course that's available, most are free, some you need to pay.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I'm going back to do my graduate job with Accenture.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Among placement students, we kept a group chat and organised our own social event. However Accenture did schedule a social meet with all placement students at the beginning and end of the placement with lots of free food.
Among colleagues, we tend to go out every Thursday or Friday evening casually, such as going to the bar. Every month was a football social or a quirky activity like mini golf.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home near Stratford Station so wasn't too bad to commute. Didn't have to pay rent.
Cost of socialising is around 20-30 depending on what you do and how much you drink (if you drink alcohol) otherwise the cost of socials will probably be around ten or twenty.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Didn't get to see much as I went to the gym in the evenings.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, there are socials planning, events planning, recruitment events etc.