1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Working at Language Connect was challenging and rewarding in equal measures. Although tasks were similar, they also felt varied because of the broad variety of subjects and brands available to work on. I had great colleagues at Language Connect and learnt a lot not only from the tasks but from them as well! Throughout this internship I discovered that I would really like to work in Project Management in the future.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt welcomed at Language Connect from my very first day. The atmosphere within the team was excellent which made it very easy to feel comfortable and at home. Everyone was willing to help and I received tasks to work on very quickly which makes you feel useful and a valued member of the team from the outset.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Support was given from day 1 and continued throughout the duration of the internship. I thought that the monthly catch ups were a really good idea in order to ensure that goals were being set and targets reached. These meetings are also an excellent opportunity to get to know your manager better and raise any queries or problems that you may want to speak about.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The level of "being busy" massively depended on the work volumes of the entire team, however there is always something to do around the business even if your own team didn't have a huge amount of projects to get involved with. I was working on a huge project for the majority of my internship, however whenever it was going slowly there was always a large variety of trainings we could access, I also got involved with DTP QAs for our team whilst also lending a hand to other teams when they needed more people.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a high level of responsibility during my placement by being given a language to manage from just over 1 month into the job. Also had the opportunity to manage projects from quote to delivery which was an extremely important training as it gives a fuller overview of managing the project. The reason why this category got 9* rather than 10 is because some managers always want to check everything which is completely understandable but is also not full responsibility.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Both the skills I have gained and training that I have undertaken have helped to further shape me for the working world. I learnt a lot about the management of people and the importance of teamwork in order to deliver the best possible outcome to the client, also having the opportunity to have responsibility early on helped me to gain confidence.
This job has really helped me to understand the entire background of translation and project management and is definitely an area I would like to work in in the future!
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office was mostly upbeat - it was welcoming and warm from the start. Having a relaxed atmosphere but where work is still a number one priority is quite a hard balance to find but Language Connect have managed it seemingly with ease. Everyone gets on well with one another and it is never to ask anybody within the office a question, it's like a family.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The amount of interns that complete placements at Language Connect means that everybody knows what their role is. The intern workbook is very useful to set out a clear path of what you would like to achieve during the internship and as I have previously said, the monthly catch-ups with your mentor work very well.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would be very happy to work back at Language Connect in the future as the development options not only within the team but within the company itself. The in-house progression is a very attractive attribute of the company and means that you have a lot of room to grow across all aspects of the business.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was often opportunities to go out with colleagues on a Friday night and we also had a lot of team outings not only in the evening but also lunchtimes to celebrate success or say goodbye to a colleague when they would leave the team. There was also a good social area for lunch where you could get to know your colleagues.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?