1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my work placement a lot. I was given a lot of freedom and independence on the projects I worked on which I really valued.
In addition, I felt like the work I was doing was meaningful whilst also fun and enjoyable.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I always felt like the work I was doing was meaningful and genuinely beneficial to my team - it wasn't just menial tasks to keep me busy.
I felt like a proper member of the team, not just an intern.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Support and guidance was there from the management. However, the internship is quite hands off so you'll be left to your own devices on a lot of projects.
This can be good or bad. It was good for me as I like independence and I valued the freedom that this internship gives you. Despite this, it can be bad if you like a lot of structure and guidance.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I felt like I was always fairly busy and had things that needed to be done - unlike other internships I've heard about.
If things got too busy then your manager was always there to help reschedule things and ease your workload.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I felt like I was given a lot of responsibility. Sometimes you will be a key part of important projects and other times you may be responsible for running projects yourself!
No matter what, the work you're doing will always be essential so you'll always have a good amount of responsibility.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The internship wasn't very relevant to my degree. Nonetheless, it has given me incredibly useful skills for what I want to do after my degree.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was pretty good. There are at least 40 interns hired by Oracle so there are always people to have lunch with or chat to.
You may find that your team/manager might not be in the office all the time. Oracle is really good at flexible working so there are a lot of opportunities to work from home or work from other offices.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The work placement was organised well. You will have a week of working with the previous interns where they take you through everything and teach you what they'll be doing.
You also have a few days of talks/presentations to teach you everything you'll need to know for your placement.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There were plenty of options for training and development. Everyone had access to online tools, like LinkedIn learning, if there was particular skill you wanted to develop.
There was also plenty of opportunity to spend time with people in the business you wanted to learn from. If you get an internship in one area then there are always options to learn from other areas of the business.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There have been some people who were offered a job after undertaking a placement with Oracle.
However, for most internships, there isn't much chance of a guaranteed job after uni.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene among interns was quite good. We had a decent amount of house parties/nights out throughout the year.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of rent in Reading was a bit higher than what I was used to in my uni city.
However, the cost of food, bills, going out was about the same.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Reading is a university town so the nightlife is decent. It's not at the level of Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle etc. but there are plenty of clubs, pubs and bars.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were plenty of opportunities to get involved in. Oracle is big on volunteering so there were always volunteering opportunities around the country.
In addition, the interns organised 5 a side football each week which was enjoyable.