1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my experience at GE Healthcare, my team were very welcoming and friendly and I felt like I was part of the family within week of being at the company. Everyone across site was very approachable and always had time to teach me new things and help on projects even if they were busy with their own things.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My manager always ensured that he gave me tasks he thought appropriate to my skill level and always made me feel appreciated from my contributions to projects he gave me the opportunity in helping in as well as my daily work tasks. My colleagues would always make praise me for any work that I would help them with and ensure that I was given credit for my work.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manger and supervisor were amazing, always making sure that I had enough work to do and wasn't sat around with nothing to do. They ensured that I had the opportunity to work with different teams and always gave me new challenges during my time with them so that I could take full advantage of my time with the company.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
On a day to day basis I was a good level of busy. I felt like I had a big role within my department that had colleagues rely on me to get my job done which made me feel valued and important. I always had something I could do or help with.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a large amount of responsibility during my placement, with a whole role given to me. This made me feel very trusted and empowered by my manager, I was very grateful that I was trusted to do my job role within a few weeks of being with them.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills that I learnt while on placement are ones that are so valuable and something that I wouldn't have been able to learn at the university. Although I had an idea going into my placement of the type of skills I had and would need, you aren't aware of them till you put them into practice.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere within my office was quite quiet, everyone in my office was very important (project and product managers) which meant that often they would be on important conference calls with customers or manufacturing site and would have a lot of work to get completed. Despite this, they would always make sure that there were little breaks where the office was lively and would have a relax to make everyone feel calmer.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Overall, the HR team was amazing and ensured that the organisation of the placement was all in place. Despite all the interns at my site having different roles they ensured that everyones position was set and ready and gave an equal amount of attention to each of us, and hosted regular meetings to ensure that we were all happy with our progress, and if we weren't what they could do to change this.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Although my company didn't invest in my in the sense of paying for courses of training, new recruits had free online training that you could optionally take part in if you felt like you needed to or wanted to develop that relevant skill. They would also include us in emails for any on-site training courses that would come up and take the time to fit us into these.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Although I have not been offered a job for when i graduate in 2020, I am still in contact with my team and they have told me that if a position opens up for me in their team they would let me know as they would be more than happy to take me back if the opportunity arose.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene amongst colleagues was really good. The site would have little do's at occasions such as birthdays, halloween and christmas for a chance for the staff to de-stress and enjoy not having to talk about work with one another. They always ensured that these were convenient for everyone to attend and get to.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cost of living in the area was roughly the same amount you would pay for university accommodation, or less depending on where you are located and if you chose to go with a student friendly agent. As my placement was located in a student city, it was very easy to meet new people and arrange meets between other interns.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
As my location was in a large student city, it meant that there were various bars, clubs and restaurants in the area and there was always something to suit the taste of anyone that was in the area. There was always something to do, even for those that may not necessarily drink.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were lots of activities that you can get involved in so long as you know what kind of thing you are looking for. Local teams of all sports are always very welcoming and friendly as they are always looking for new recruits for their teams to bring new skills to the sport or activity.