1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I found my time at GE Healthcare enjoyable. The year seemed to go by swiftly which showed that I enjoyed my role and activities. Although it was enjoyable I feel that I could have gotten more involved in projects outside of my line of work and potentially could have been more proactive.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt that I really bonded with my colleagues. From the moment I entered my role, they were welcoming and always willing to guide/help me whenever it was required. My boss was very understanding of private issues I had going on, which I really appreciated. Similarly, my other colleagues and interns were extremely friendly and I felt we all worked together extremely well.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was extremely helpful and ensured that I was well trained and comfortable within my role before he allowed me to work independently. This gave me the confidence to work on my own and I found that I was able to take on extra responsibility because of it. I also had regular meetings with him to ensure that I was on track and comfortable.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
At the beginning of my placement I felt that I was comfortably busy, as I was learning all the new skills and techniques that I would need for my role. However, after around 6 months I found that I did not have quite enough to do and had a bit of spare time on my hands. Although this was only through my own doing as I did not have the confidence at the time to take on more projects.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
During my year I found that I was given a fair amount of responsibility. This made me feel appreciated and trusted which really helped me build upon skills and confidently approach tasks. I was placed on several important projects that involved my products, as well as additional charity fundraising that i thoroughly enjoyed.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
In all honesty the skills I learnt have not really influenced my degree, as I study geography and I did a placement in Supply Chain Management. Albeit I do believe that I learnt plenty of life and employment skills that will help me in the future, such as organisational and time-management skills, plus extra confidence in meeting new people and speaking in meetings/presentations.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Overall, the atmosphere in my office was excellent. Obviously throughout the year you are likely to see a bit of tension as it can be a stressful time during deadline season. However, in general, the atmosphere was fantastic. Everyone seemed to get on really well, which made settling in so much easier. It was also fantastic to see that they were close enough to support each other both during work and after.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I think the set up was rather good, obviously there are going to be a few issues due to there being so many interns to organise as well as some office's not having had interns in the past. Besides that it was well put together as I found the transition from university to placement very easy as HR and my manager had sorted a majority of the admin tasks in advance.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Besides the usual skills that I picked up throughout my projects and role, I did not receive any real personal training or development. I believe there was possibly one opportunity shown to me, but I was unable to take part in it due to my role not being relevant to any potential projects.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I think that the company does provide some fantastic graduate opportunities to people who are studying or interested in finance or engineering, which is mainly down to the focus of the company. However, for me in particular, I do not really see any graduate roles that suit me due to myself not having an engineering degree.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I think that there was a pretty good social scene between fellow interns. There is always going to be some differences as people have varying interests and opinions, but there is usually a few people that you will get on with better than others. Overall everyone was friendly and welcoming, but you just tend to click with some people better than others. To add to that the company did not put on many activities/social events outside of work.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cardiff was a fantastic city to work and live in. Considering it is a capital, it is reasonably cheap with a wide range and diverse mix of events and activities to get involved in. In terms of living it is again reasonable, in comparison to other more upmarket towns and cities. The main factor for me was that there was an abundance of sport to watch and I felt that it was a very safe and polite city.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Cardiff is the capital of Wales and has several universities within it. There are plenty of clubs, bars and pubs in both the city centre and the outskirts meaning that most people are likely to find the type of night out that suits them. All the uber drivers I had were pleasant, and similarly most people working within the city are lovely. I really enjoyed the social side of my town in Cardiff.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I think that were many opportunities that I may have been able to grasp hold of, however I was content within my own lifestyle so I did not reach out or go in search of extra curricular activities. I also think that the company itself could have provided or at least given us links to more opportunities.