1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really don't have one bad thing about working for Travelport. I was very fortunate to be surrounded by the most supportive team members and colleagues who looked out for me and allowed me to pursue what I wanted to do. Lots of fun activities outside of work too and you become so close to everyone working there.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Ever so understanding. They treat you as a person, not just like a number. Everyone looks out for each other and managers are very protective over the interns. Best people to work with.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
You can talk to your manager about anything, not just work related. They also give you great guidance if you wanted to get out of your team and try something new.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Never too much or too little. If you did get stressed over the amount of work, you can tell your manager and they would help you split the workload effectively so you'd be less stressed.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given enough responsibilities that would not make me feel pressured. Only the amount you'd feel comfortable with.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
A lot - I have learnt so much more about the travel industry and the key players which will help me a lot in my degree and my future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone is so nice, you instantly become friends with a lot of employees regardless of age! I have made so many friends whom I hope to stay in contact with. The atmosphere in the office itself is super relaxed, although depending on the time of the month (busier times) is obviously going to be a little more tense. But overall the bistro/cafe area is filled with people chatting and taking a break.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Pretty well, but at the start it was a little but confusing as we weren't sure who to talk to if we had an issue with something that wasn't related to our roles. But as time went on it became clearer and better organisation of who the internship program leader was etc
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
A lot. We had several Personal Development Sessions where they would help you develop skills such as CV writing, communication and presentation. You also have a chance to go and work for another team (called shadowing) and learn different parts of the company. We had speakers come in to teach us public speaking techniques.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would love to work for Travelport again if there is a chance to, and I feel they are also hoping for interns to come back. Travelport is in the industry I want to work in (travel) and so many of the industry's top leaders work with the company so it is very appealing.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
We had a lot of interns this year and we were very close. We went to many events together as a group such as Ascot, Windsor races and meals. Other employees were also really easy to get along with and we went quite a few times after work. Its nice to have a relationship outside of work with people.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cheaper than I am used to but may be more expensive than some other areas. Very close to London, Windsor and Heathrow so a lot to do but not the cheapest.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Lots of bars in Windsor but you do need a car. Otherwise so many restaurants and nice pubs around so I can't complain.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?