1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have really enjoyed the whole of my placement year.
The people I worked with have all been a key part to how much I enjoyed it, as everybody has been friendly and keen to help my development in any way they can. The training that was provided as part of the placement scheme has also been really useful. Within my role I have managed to gain at least some experience in all of the areas I was hoping to.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I have definitely felt valued by all my colleagues throughout the whole year. Good work was recognised and I was given tasks that I felt actually added value.
My team quickly made me feel like a valued member of the team, giving me responsibility and having the same expectations as they would with anybody else while still always being aware that I am a placement student and may need some more support with some tasks.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The support I was given couldn't have been better. My supervisor always had time to explain and talk me through things when I had any issues, and was happy to offer guidance on how I could approach tasks, while still giving me the freedom to get on with work myself. I found that this was the same with all of the managers I worked with in Cadent, I could always ask questions and a lot of time was spent explaining why we did things, which really helped me gain more understanding of processes.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I have found that my workload has suited the stage I was at in the placement scheme- at first I had less work, which allowed me to get to know people and learn more about the company. The workload gradually increased, and after the first month or so of easing into work I have always had work to be doing- I haven't found myself bored at any point, but equally haven't felt that I have been over faced.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The amount of responsibility I was given worked well for me. As a placement student I wouldn't be comfortable with having a huge amount of responsibility over important processes, however I was given ownership of a couple of smaller processes/tasks- giving me the experience of having responsibility without too much pressure. I was given responsibility slowly, as I gained confidence in my role and was able to deal with problems myself, so I wasn't thrown into it too quickly.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have definitely gained skills that will help me in my final year at university, such as team working and presentation skills as well as a practical application of the theory we learn at university. The training courses provided as a part of the placement scheme were really helpful with developing skills that helped me throughout the year, such as communicating with people across the business, and will be helpful to have once I am back in work after university.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I really enjoyed going into the office, as I found it a nice environment, with a positive atmosphere, to work in. It was quiet enough that you could focus on work without being distracted, but I also always felt comfortable enough to ask questions, and found plenty of time to chat to colleagues. We had regular team meetings, with team building activities in them, which improved the atmosphere as we had good relationships across the team
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement scheme was well organised. The training sessions that were part of the placement were useful, I found that they were spaced well across the year.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Lots of time was invested into my personal development. We had reviews each quarter, for which we were encouraged to think about development and how we could develop further. I also had regular 1 to 1s with my manager, which were often focussed around my personal development and what opportunities I could take for working on areas I felt needed more improvement.
The training courses were also helpful for personal development. We had the same trainer for each of them who got to know us all, and as it was a small group could give us all time at each session to discuss our own development.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were a few occasions through the year where we, with the other new talent programmes, were invited to social events outside of work, which were good fun and a good way to get to know each other better.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
There was lots of options for living in the area, some starting quite cheap. The university it would've been possible to live in student accommodation also.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I had opportunities to get involved with activities both with others from the placement scheme and with my team.