1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I absolutely loved my internship, I loved the people, the location, the work I was doing, the company's values. This internship suited me down to the ground. Obviously everyone wants to work for a fantastic company, surrounded by great people, but there were other perks to the job too. It was great socially- there were events organised for meeting the other interns; meeting other young people within the company; and work team events too. The location is fantastic and the building is a really good work place. Also there's a gym within the building that you can use free as a Shell employee, and classes within the gym too!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I got on with my colleagues so well. I was given responsibilities from the first day and welcomed into the team. At Shell you are encouraged to get to know so many people, which is great because not only do you end up working with your close colleagues, but also with people from your wider teams and completely different areas of the company.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had weekly meetings with my mentor, and 2 meetings a week with my line manager which was amazing because I was given exactly the right amount of support and guidance where I wanted it, but otherwise left to get the work done as I pleased. In my opinion it was the perfect model for an internship.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I guess as with any job there are moments where you are waiting on other people so have some spare time on your hands; and at others you do reach pinch points, but overall I would say that the internship was a great balance of busy on a daily basis.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was set 2 projects to succeed in, and was given guidance and supervision where I wanted it but otherwise given the responsibility to achieve these projects myself. I absolutely loved this!
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I did some work with computer programmes which I had never really had the opportunity to before which is definitely a skill I will use later in life. Working as part of a team in a professional environment also gave me some very useful skills which I will use when I start work after I graduate.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I loved the atmosphere of my office! It was quiet and productive but could also be chatty when appropriate, and casual Fridays were more relaxed in the office. They also encourage you to work from home once a week if you want to, which is a great option to have.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was really well organised. At the start I was told the structure, with a mid term assessment and an assessment at the end. I also had weekly meetings with my mentor and meetings twice a week with my line manager which was really nicely structured for me. In terms of organisation, on my first day I was given a document that laid out my projects which was great.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They invested in me completely. As it's an assessed internship, they want you to be able to join them as a graduate in the future. This was great because they actively invested in me as a result. I was encouraged to meet people from all over the company to better understand how the company works, and to participate in additional activities too.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I passed the assessed internship so I will be returning to join the graduate scheme when I graduate! Therefore, as long as you work hard it is very easy to prove yourself, with fantastic future employment prospects! I would say to anyone thinking of applying for the Shell Internship that go for it, not only will you get great work experience over the summer, but quite possibly the offer of a graduate job afterwards!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
They organised a social for all of the interns very early on into my internship, which was great for getting to know everyone! We also went to some events organised for all the young people at Shell which I really enjoyed. Additionally, I went on socials with my colleagues which were fun too!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Obviously it's London so it's not the cheapest place to live or socialise, but you get a London bonus to account for this additional cost. I actually commuted from my parents' home from just outside of London which worked well for me, but most of the other interns rented in London or stayed with friends and loved their experience too.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
You're in central London so you'd struggle to find a better Nightlife!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There's lots of gym classes you can go to; the Shell choir that's open to anyone; lots of social events with colleagues, other interns, other young people. Depending on your projects, you might also have day trips! There's lots to get involved in outside of work so you definitely won't get bored.