1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Very much so! I learned a lot, got many insights into different areas, met interesting people and had very engaging discussions. I had my own responsibilities and always a lot to do on my desk. When I needed support, I never felt bad for asking.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Very much. They asked me for help and I felt that I could always ask them if I needed anything from them. I felt very valued in my team and felt responsible for my tasks. Very much appreciated the very good and efficient atmosphere in our team. We didn't behave like friends but like very good and close colleagues.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Very good guidance! I had a personal learning and development plan with personal set goals and had a monthly catch-up with my mentor to discuss the things which helped me a lot to keep focused on my personal goals.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Quite busy but not too much. I always had stuff to do, mixture from short/-term and long-term stuff. Sometimes very urgent things came in but it was fine. I never felt bored during work which is a very good thing indeed!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
My colleagues counted on me and trusted me with a couple of things. They had a look at the important stuff I created but trusted me on a couple of other things where they felt they don't need to review everything which made me feel good and like a good help to them.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I feel like I will be more focused when I return to university because I have got concrete goals for my future. I learned a lot in my field of work which will help me as well in my future and I made good connections with the company which I hope I can keep.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
A mixture of laughing and having fun at working and quiet working atmosphere where everybody could focus. Very good environment! I felt like I could ask any question I might have. We had an open office where people where talking about woring stuff. A corner with a high table to have meetings. Very good atmosphere!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Good! Very structured right from the beginning. But I had the opportunity to choose tasks I would like to do and to ask for tasks I would like to learn more about. So I always was able to engage in a couple of new things which I appreciate very much.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They created a personal learning and development plan for me and kept constant record of how well I was doing. They introduced me to people from other departments so that I could see other areas of work and departments which for me personally was very interesting. They said I could always communicate very open to them if I needed anything.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very attractive! The whole BMW group is a very attractive employer in my eyes and I would love to keep in touch and keep interested for the Group for any future employments. I hope that my team will remain interested in me and that I could contact them when I've finished university. Also the Graduate program seems to be very interesting.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
We did quite often activities with other interns. Went out in the evenings or met for lunch. With our colleagues we spent 2-3 evenings together but not that much. That was ok though! I didn't miss anything. I rather would have liked to do more with the other interns. But I am happy as it was!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Groceries were quite expensive. Rent was ok as I shared a house with other interns. Going out also was ok price-wise. Going out in the evenings was ok to, if you are used to metropolitan-city-prices Chichester is a good place to save money! The salary also was very good. I could finance my complete standard of living.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
One "club" which was much more like a pub with a dancing floor. But it was fun! We had a couple of house partys, many really nice pubs and bars and that one "club". I was here for work so I was perfectly fine that the Nightlife wasn't too amazing.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
We as interns started some stuff. Halloween partys, Pub Crawl, going hiking, visiting other UK cities on the weekends. Going out for dinner, cooking with our housemates, going to pubs, going to the cinema, staying at home and watching films. There was a lot going on! I never felt lonely although I was in another country by myself.