1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed it, despite having some bad periods which come with any job. Its great to know our feedback is also helping to improve the intern programme in the future so it will only get better. The people there are great too and the work was varied so I did not get bored.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt valued most of the time, even by senior management, although sometimes I did not but it was not because I was an intern it was more because people are too busy. But I would say I never noticed feeling undervalued because the things you do get appreciated by the right people.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given guidance but it was not often my managers, however they would be my first point of contact and would always point me in the right direction so the best person can assist me. I had a very supportive manager who made sure I was always okay with whatever was going on.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Had both quiet and busy periods. When quiet I had to seek out extra work to keep me occupied and when I was busy it would be a lot to do but it felt very rewarding to have completed it and everyone was very supportive in helping me do my work. Quiet periods were not always a bad thing as it allowed for more time to network and get involved in other things.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I felt like i was entrusted to do a lot of things on my own and I know that the work I did was important and was contributing to the companys goals. I appreciated the trust my team put in me which made me feel very valued despite being an intern.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Provided the opportunity to attend skills sessions and workshops which will be invaluable in my career moving forward. A lot of learning on the job and different responsibilities meant i learnt how to adapt to any job given to me which again will be useful in the future. My time management skills will be the most useful skill for my degree.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Sometimes very quiet but when things are going on it is great. London office has bigger buzz and lively atmosphere. Reading office is much more quieter but that is largely because it is so big and spread out. In the kitchen it has a much better atmosphere. although on fridays the office is empty as most people work from home.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was okay, my year was a bit more complicated as there were changes going on but its good to know there is plans to make it more structured and more of a programme to support interns in their development and enjoy their placement year in the best possible way.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
they ran lots of skills session and workshops which were good, some specifically for us interns and some for anyone to attend. My manager was supportive in letting me do online courses offered by oracle and paying for them which was good, even if they did not directly help my job but for my own development
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
A lot of people come back which is good to know in case I want to apply for a grad job. They are trying to get more younger people in which is great so there is definitely the chance to return. There is no official grad scheme in place however I know there is plans to.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Occasionally, obviously other interns are more sociable than others and not all of us worked in the same place which made it difficult. There were lots of opportunities to socialise with other colleagues though, lots of paid for drinks by senior members of staff
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Reasonable for being so close to london. Reading is a student area so is a good place to live. Depending where you choose to live it can be expensive but its not too expensive if you commute which a lot of us did. Socialising was good as town centre has lots of restaurants
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
It was alright, like lots of student clubs around and bars if you wanted it. Was very easy to go to london on a night out if you wanted it which many of us did. It varied depending on the night you went out and its hard if you did not have a place to stay
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes lots of opportunities to volunteer especially, particularly if you are an active person. It is a great chance to meet other people across the company and country that you normally would not interact with! It make work a lot more enjoyable knowing you have something to look forward to.