HR intern based within a small team that works in learning solutions, job involved standard admin but also a lot of creating of e-learning and programmes, and the opportunity to add my own flair to projects
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was really enjoyable with opportunities to learn. Some tasks I did didn't interest me at all, yet some were really fun! It's about finding the balance, so overall it was fantastic
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The department and my immediate colleagues made me feel really welcomed and showed an interest in my work and me
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Couldn't fault them. I dealt with ill health and was supported immensely by my manager and senior colleagues
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Sometimes manic, sometimes nothing to do. It all depended on how productive I was feeling, what tasks I had to do etc
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given responsibility to complete tasks to a fit standard for customer purpose, but was supported so I was never pressured to do something perfectly alone, but if I did do it alone that was equally good
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Massively. It's given me a practical basis for my dissertation moving forward, and also infinite possibilities to answer competency based questions in interviews. It's really opened my eyes to business structures and I've learned more about my job in a very niche part of industry and beyond. It's helped with personal development as I've been able to identify my likes, dislikes, skills and capabilities, boosting my confidence
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Sometimes really chatty, sometimes I was on my own however
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The process from hiring through induction was seamless, the welcome days were really well organised, however it wasn't made clear initially that I'd be n an office alone (i.e. not with my team) on site and part of a remote team
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They consistently asked me what they could do to me and what they could do to help me and how they could help me learn.
I would have liked to have been offered the chance to go on courses
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Appealing, but not on this particular site
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Not really, it was more 'organised fun' than a social scene
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
N/A as I lived at home. Can get a pint for about £2.80 though
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Really good but didn't tend to go out with colleagues
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were opportunities, but none that really appealed to me