My placement had its ups and downs during the change of management. My first manager when I started was incredible and I learned so much. My second manager was not so attentive and I felt I had to seek out work from other teams - so I moved. But overall, there were lots of people willing to help me grow and improve. Working in the travel industry in this climate has been very interesting, and I started working more with the data team which was very eye opening.
As mentioned above, this was up and down. But on the whole very valued, I was given responsibility and encouraged so that I thought that I could carry things out by myself. By seeking out the second team, I have been given so many more opportunities and I am told that I have actually helped out.
There was lots of guidance and I was given lots of resources and the opportunity to grow by lots of people I have worked with. One to one's meant I got to explain myself and what I want out of the placement too which was incredible.
There were very busy times and there were very quiet periods. There was more work around month-end and I was encouraged to do a lot of my own learning. It is also more project-based, so when something came up and we had a deadline then it would be busier.
In the beginning, I was given projects and once I got stuck I could ask for help. I felt that these were not my full responsibility. Nearer the end, I was given more opportunities to be responsible for improving processes and creating presentations.
I think these skills will be priceless. I have learned a lot of software and technical skills. As well as interpersonal skills with colleagues and superiors. I feel so much more confident and I have made so many connections that will definitely help me in the future. And I am used to a different style of working which should help me succeed in my last year of university.
The majority of my time, I was sat with a team that was slightly uncomfortable to sit with and ask for help. There was a lot of tension and I didn't feel like they had a lot of time for me. However, outside of the team I sat with, it was a lovely place to be. A coffee shop downstairs made for a great place to work if I wanted to be away from my desk. We also had the social club that organised events which were a great way to meet more of the office.
It was fairly well organised, there was a large cohort so there are bound to be some issues. We also had a lot of projects as well as our jobs, which included fundraising, making positive changes in the company and there was also an entrepreneurship project. Fundraising was up to us so this was an interesting project to try to keep organised. In general, though, it was fairly organised.
I was given licenses for a lot of software to play around with, I was told I could order books and could get my money back to help develop my skills (but I didn't end up doing this). A lot of time was spent on us with developmental workshops with all of the interns and sessions with interesting people in the company. These workshops included goal setting, public speaking and how to make the most of your end of year review.
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
I would definitely come back to work with the right team in this company. The travel industry is an interesting place to work and I think this company is at an exciting time trying to improve the public's opinion of them and grow out of this terrible time. I have been given confidence from this place and met some amazing contacts, so it is definitely something I would consider.
I think there was a good social scene, especially at the beginning. I lived in a house with other interns, we had an event put on for us at the beginning of the year. We used to go out for nights out and at the Christmas party, there was a large intern's table! My colleagues on my team and I went out for lunch a lot which was lovely and a good chance to get to know people. As well as going to play Top Golf with another team to get to know them better!
It was quite expensive as we lived near London, but comparatively, they paid pretty well so I could afford to live in the area. We also went into London to socialise as there was not much near us, so that added into the cost. We had to move to a quite expensive house as we did not like the other areas and so this was the biggest cost.
Where we worked there wasn't a lot, a couple of pubs all around. However, we were not far from London, so that was not an issue to easily get the train into London. This opened up a wide range of places to go. We were by Heathrow, so there were a few big hotels for the Christmas party which was very close to work!
There were quite a few opportunities! They had a football club and a social club that organised a lot of events such as a quiz night, a murder mystery, cirque de soleil and go karting. This even continued on when we were working at home and they put on a virtual escape room and Zoom Quiz.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
22nd June 2020