1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my placement at Travelport.
I enjoyed getting to know other interns during our intern activities and fundraising as well as organised social events such as Ascot.
Working with my team I expanded and developed a range of skills including presentation and IT skills.
Everyone is very supportive at Travelport and It is easy to approach senior members.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt extremely valued by my colleagues in my team as those who I crossed paths with during my time helping raise £10,000 for two charities.
I was given projects from day one to manage and was mentored by my manager and team to provide quality work.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manger sided with and supported me with projects which she gave me as part of my job and taught me the relevant skills needed. There were times she pushed me out of my comfort zone to develop skills such as presenting and communicating with those I had never met from abroad.
My mentor, despite working in another team was able to help me expand my knowledge of Travelport and learn more about other teams.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was sometimes very busy where I would work early mornings and late evenings but due to this my Manager was supportive and allowed me to work from home when convenient.
Furthermore when I was not busy my manager suggested I complete a Project Management course and so I studied that.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility where I handled large sums of money as part of the internship fundraising. We also planned and coordinated events.
My team gave me responsibility to manage projects and present to the wider team. Furthermore I was responsible for training some team members and creating guides which they can refer to.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Despite developing excel skills at university I further applied and developed them at placement and Believe I will use these throughout my professional career.
I have developed networking and presentation skills which are vital in competing in the industry. Also at university where I will be presenting my experience of placement year to the first year students considering completing one.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office was sociable but had areas where you could work without distractions
The bistro has been refurbished and there was plenty of seating both indoors and outdoors where you can have a break
It was easy to network and everyone was very approachable. I have made life long friends with interns and my colleagues.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was very organised and a good Balance between Your job role and intern activities, there was plenty of development sessions from CV writing to Presentation skills where external speakers came and spoke to us.
There was consistent communication between placement organisers, interns and managers to ensure that any problems were immediately addressed.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm invested a lot into the personal development where we had our teams to help us develop, mentors to suggest areas to consider developing and shadowing experience of other teams.
For some interns there were opportunities to go off sight for training and networking sessions which are very valuable.
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?
There are many previous interns which are currently still employed by Travelport whilst completing their final year and even after as a permanent employee.
If possible I would enjoy working at Travelport again, however I would benefit from working from home as living out is extremely expensive. I believe that this would be possible as Travelport are very flexible.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were monthly events organised between interns such as clubbing, pubs, cinema, shopping.
The interns constantly keep in touch and arrange activities to do.
Furthermore the Travelport social club offer discounted events which we can attend such as go karting and theatre trips.
The interns attended events such as ascot and tribute concerts.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
My house rent for 13 months was £2,000+ per month for a 4 bedroom house which is a 10minute drive from the office.
There is limited public transport able to get to the office, there is a free shuttle from Slough station and Hatton Cross Underground and each take 15/20mins.
Socialising is cheaper than in London where I used to spent £30/£40 on a average evening out with the interns.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There are links To central London and so the nightlife in London is very good, however the interns Often went to Windsor, Reading and Uxbridge to go out clubbing.
We often went to dinners and drinks in Windsor.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes many opportunities as the Travelport social club Organised monthly events as well as the intern events organised to raise money for charity.
I think that as an intern group we could have organised more Events to do together however as there were so mAny of us We found this difficult.