1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement with varied opportunities for travel and different work in different teams. I had the opportunity to undertake training, give training later in the year and to attend social events to get to know my team better and I was able to raise any concerns about moving projects to get a lot of exposure to different types of projects that the firm undertakes. I had a great year and would return.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt part of the team and didn't feel like a placement student much of the time and many of my team mates did not realise I was a placement student. I got to take training and roles of responsibility, instead of being made to feel like the youngest member of the team. I also felt part of the firm and welcome to volunteer for any opportunities that arose, with no worries about grade or rank.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given a lot of support by my management, not just in my team but in different teams that I carried out work for. I also know that if I had any questions or concerns I could have approached any management whether in my office or in a different office. They were extremely approachable and helpful if I had any questions or any ways I wanted to make things more efficient or improve the process.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Each day was extremely different. There was a period of a month where I was extremely quiet and only had about an hour of work each day, and then for the last 5 months of my placement year I was extremely busy with multiple projects and ad hoc requests where I did some overtime, rarely took lunch breaks and was stressed at times with the number of meetings and amount of work I had to carry out.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a decent amount of responsibility and I was allowed to take on more responsibility where I volunteered. There were some projects I played a very junior role but got to have some input into processes which gave me more responsibility. I was also able to carry out training and develop training documents which gave me responsibility and allowed me to reflect on how much I had learned in the past year of my placement
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
the skills I developed will be extremely useful in my final year of university as I will be used to working 8 hours a day and I hope I will keep this up for my last year and final exams. I also believe the technical and presentational skills I developed during the last year will help me in my future career and give me examples to talk about in any interviews I undertake in the futute
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was a good atmosphere although i wfh during covid. the teams were sat together so you could socialise and ask any questions as well as going to team members and talking to senior staff members in the team and could walk up to them to talk or ask questions which was a great way to make contacts not just at your level but with management which will defeinitely be useful when looking for a job
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was extremely well set up and the student recruitment team were there to help if I had needed them and there were monthly meetings by past placement students to give tips and tricks on working and for final year which was good to network with them and my fellow students which i know will be useful in the future in my last year of uni and beyond into my career to have such contacts.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
there were monthly meetings by past placement students to give tips and tricks on working and for final year which was good to network with them and my fellow students which i know will be useful in the future in my last year of uni
I also learned lots of skills and there were lots of training I could have undertaken both in n i and in england where ic oudl have travelled to them to learn
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
they have a lot of opportunites in my own department with several different teams and as well as that they have a transfer process if I wanted to apply to a different department. There are also different jobs that involve training contracts to carry out exams after uni to get qualifications and normal jobs that have more trainign on the job. This is great to have different options and I would consider all these options when looking at a future
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
YOu get out what you put in. Yes there were many opportunities to attend the monthly bar night that the firm held and then while working from home there were opportunities to attend theese virtually. There was also a huge christmas night out and this was for charity with music and food so was a great way to network and celebrate the year. There were also many social volunteering things to do and if you looked into it there were many things to do socially
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It was extremely cheap for me to live where I worked as it was just about 10 to 15 mins outside the student area so I was able to live in my student house from the year before and get the train to work each day and therefore I still got the student discounts and the usual costs of being a student while working althought I was earning a salary which was a great benefit
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes there were many opportunities to attend the monthly bar night that the firm held and then while working from home there were opportunities to attend theese virtually. There was also a huge christmas night out and this was for charity with music and food so was a great way to network and celebrate the year. There were also many social volunteering things to do and if you looked into it there were many things to do socially