1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my placement, met great people and learnt alot.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Collegues were extremely friendly and approachable. I recieved alot of recognition. I felt valued and wanted within the organisation. Very great atmosphere. its a great learning environment.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My line manager was amazing, she was very approachable and would give me support and guidance whenever needed. She would have regular meetings with me, to ensure that the work is done and if I have any questions or challenges then I could ask her.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Some days were busier than other days. I didn't always have work to do, however to overcome this I would ask my manager for extra little tasks to do. I did have ongoing project work to do, however this was quite slow paced.
There was always something to do, this can include setting up meetings with staff to learn more about the organisation.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given some responsibility. Since the internship is only 3 months, its difficult to have too much responsibility. However I was responsible for the projects I had to undertake, and various other tasks.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I was a HR intern. HR is a career path I am keen to persue, this internship gave me an insight into HR and the different aspects of HR and how it all comes together. I also developed my IT skills, through improving my excel knowledge such as V look ups and other formulas. This helped to expand my skill base. I also had an opportunity to use different HR systems such as workday. I also, used more microsoft softwares such as teams, which I had never used before.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere was great, people were extremely friendly and approachable. The office always had something going on, and the working environment was great. The office is spacious, and therefore you are able to hot desk and sit in various different places within the office.
People are always willing to help, and everyone is super friendly.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was very organised, this included having a timetable which consisted of various different development sessions. These development sessions included CV workshops and various other development related workshops. This timetable was very accurate and helped you to plan out your schedule accordingly. This helped to ensure that you had time to balance both workload from your team as well as managing your own personal development.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was personal development workshops available, these were useful. This can also help with internal recruitment as well once the internship is over. Preparing things such as CV's and cover letters is useful for the career you intend to persue. This was during our internship hours, which shows the importance of development alongside every day duties.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would love to work within this organisation again. This organisation is a great place to work, with such a rewarding cause.
However this depends upon the internal jobs board and whether specific departments are recruiting for entry level roles. The charity is extremely large, and is constantly growing bigger, so there are plenty of opportunities to come. It is the largest charity within the UK, and every role has something different to offer. CRUK cares about the learning aspect of each role, and therefore I would be open to getting involved within any department, as they put your career first.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
yes, the interns would meet up regularly for socials. this would give us the opportunity to get to know each other. We would also spend some of our lunch times together too.
In the HR team itself, we would have regular socials after our team meetings to ensure that we have some time to socialise and to have a laugh. This made it extremely enjoyable, and allowed the team to get to know each other.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Stratford is a great place to socialise. There is a variety of different food places, so you can choose whether you want to go somewhere expensive, or alternatively go somewhere more affordable depending on the interests of the team. I lived at home, but the cost of living in Stratford is quite high.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I did not really get the chance to experience the nightlife as I had to commute back home to NW London.
Also the internship was only three months so the time was a big factor, however, there are plenty of places to go to for a great nightlife, all in stratford and close by to the office.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was plenty of opportunities to get involved in, since its a charity there was various different fundraising events to participate in. For example I took part in a bucket challenge in a train station, this helped me to raise money for such a rewarding cause. We also had access to IQL which had discounts in various different health facilities within the stratford area as well as discounts in Westfield.