Research Assistant within the Innovation & Market Strategy Understanding department.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Really enjoying it. The company is great and the socials are brilliant.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Very valued by my colleagues. Everyone is welcoming and gives praise to good work that you are doing. There are monthly 'I'm Valued' awards that allow people to vote others that have done exemplary work.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Lots of support and guidance throughout. There are a lot of mandatory trainings and many extra courses that you are able to take on in order to better yourself. The weekly one-on-ones with my line manager also helps me voice any concerns and allow me to request projects that I would be keen to help on.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This is very dependent on how many projects have been commissioned. On your average day, there's enough work to get you through from 9-5. There can be occasions that you have little to do but there is always a project round the corner.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
There is a lot of chances for you to take on a responsible role but throughout you are monitored so you never feel completely left to your own devices. Regarding the social aspect, myself and a colleague from my department were able to plan, book and confirm our department Christmas party so in that sense, we were given a lot of responsibility.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Lots of technical and research skills have been picked up. I feel like my communication skills within a business environment has vastly improved. I am able to work within tight deadlines and adapt to these types of pressures.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office is a very chilled out but serious work environment. Everyone is welcoming and you can always hear, in the distance, a team singing happy birthday to someone.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was a well organised set up although I think that the first couple weeks were a bit slow. I appreciate that the employers did not want to swamp us with a weeks full of trainings as it may all be forgotten the minute we finish for the week.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
A lot. We had many mandatory trainings and a lot of optional trainings to take part in that ranged from research skills, financial planning, personal development and talks from external speakers.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing, the company is wonderful and the options and company perks they offer make this an even better company to work for.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There is a good social scene amongst the placement students and colleagues. There are events tailored specifically for early careers employees. There are also a lot of team and department socials throughout the year. There is also a department Christmas party, early careers Christmas party and a whole company Christmas party/
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The normal cost of living in London - expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Really good, quite a central location and therefore many transport links to get to places. A lot of the socials were based in Shoreditch which is a short trip on the tube from the offices.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
We are each given two Responding Responsibly (RR) days and two curiosity days. The RR days are for you to get involved in charity work. There are many opportunities to get involved, whether it be with other colleagues or by yourself. The curiosity day is for you to develop your skills and help broaden your horizons.