1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I could not have wished for a better placement. I enjoyed every single day that I worked, everyday was different and I was always pushed and challenged to work as hard as possible while still having enough support to get on with what I was working on.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was never treated as an intern, I was treated like a full time employee. My ideas were always valued and I was always able to get involved with meetings no matter who else was in them. The work I did within GE was always recognised with employees from other teams congratulating me on my hard work.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
During my placement I had two different managers which couldn’t not have even me anymore support. One of my managers was in my office so always made time to answer my questions having weekly meetings. During the transition in management I was still giving support. My second manager was then in America however he always replied to my Skype messages and I again still had weekly Skype meetings with him
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was busy enough to always have work to be doing however, I never felt like I was drowning in work to the point that it became stressful. I used to have multiple projects working at one time meaning that I was able to work on different projects morning and afternoon
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was responsible for every project that I worked on. I always had the correct about of support and guidance however, my project was my project meaning that I was given a direction to go in but never told step by step what to do.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have learnt more skills than I imaged I will. I have seen first hand how my marketing degree will be used in the real world. Further more I also learn a lot of life skills like time management and communication skills
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office could be very silent at times meaning that only small conversation within your team would be heard throughout the office. I was lucky that my manager didn’t mind if I put headphones in to get my work done when working if the office was louder than usual or I didn’t want to work in complete silence
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very organised! When I first started my placement I saw a time line of exactly what I was going to be working on and how it would have an impact on the business. Once I was coming to the end of a project I would then have another one ready for me to start meaning I was never left without anything to do that
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was always invited along to the team meetings no matter what the location within the UK. My managers let me sign up to any training that I needed as well as having access to any software that I needed to complete a project
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The company is currently going through a transition meaning getting a job with them will be a different now. I was asked to stay on if I didn’t have to come back to uni for my final year
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were interns that were picked to plan events for interns across the three different locations. There was always events being planned within the interns in order to get to know one another more. The office in itself has a green room which interns would go to during lunch time or for a break
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Living was more expensive than a student lifestyle however, the pay was enough to get you through the year if you did do some budgeting. The price of things did not prevent me from being able to go out and socialise
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The night life could have been better however, it was a 20 minute train from London meaning that it wasn’t hard to go on a night out in London. These nights were planned in advance
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I mainly got involved in the social activities. The boys I lived with joined a football club with a lot of the other interns. There were a lot of charity events that went on which was open for all employees to take part in