1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was helpful to learn more about the industry that interests me and to see another side of the translation world, though I do think that I would feel more capable and would enjoy it more if I were to have a more linguistically centered position rather than project management.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
They were more often than not fairly nice to me, though it sometimes didn't feel genuine and felt as if they were acting more so out of a sense of professional obligation than out of genuine interest.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My mentor and direct boss were both quite happy to assist me if there was anything that I needed assistance with, though due to the small scale of the team and the large workload for us, it didn't feel as if they could really make a lot of time to show me how things were done at times.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Due to the nature of relying on client demands for us to do much of anything as far as managing projects, the workload would vary drastically (with some days feeling very overwhelming and stressful, and others feeling as if I didn't even need to be in the office at all).
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The gradual increase in responsibility over the course of the internship was good for the first 1/2 or 2/3, though there did feel like there was a drastic step up in what was expected of me towards the end of the internship.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I'm unsure if the skills I've developed that are directly related to this position will help me in the future since they are very specific to the industry, though I hope that they will be of some use in the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
A good mix of enjoying each other's company, in combination with a fairly strong adherence to getting work done first before anything else.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
There were a set of longer term goals and some milestones setup for myself, though it did seem towards the end that the internship didn't transition into the full time responsibilities so smoothly.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They gave me the basics to get started and shared with me the materials to do some of the training, but it felt like much of the training was done simply through doing, which sometimes felt as if I needed to figure out how to address things on my own.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
With it's focus on marketing and the lack of focus on linguistics or cultural aspects, I am quite uninterested in continuing along a career path with this organization.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was some opportunity to speak and do things with colleagues, though our company felt rather isolated from the other colleagues in the building for both offices I worked at.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It's New York City. Absolutely everything was expensive, even just getting to the office (which only got more expensive with the moving of the office even further south a few months in).
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
It's New York City, so while I may not have participated often, I'm confident it was good.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Nothing that was encouraged or facilitated by the company or colleagues (you had to go out yourself and involve yourself in the city life to do anything).