- Working on the planning and metrics management team on a network migration project for a large telecoms client.
- Performed data analysis and data quality assurance
- Participated in meetings/calls with clients
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Enjoyed it very much - fantastic work culture, great colleagues, was always kept busy and learning new things and was given lots of real responsibilities.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt valued as a real member of the team
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Support and guidance by manager was excellent - she was always on hand to answer any questions I had, took care to make sure that I was happy with the work I was doing, and gave me feedback at every turn. Support and guidance by other colleagues was also great, as lots of people took the trouble to ask me out for a coffee and find out how I was doing.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Some hectic days (1 or 2 a week) but not too many, and I never had to stay past 8pm (though some colleagues did). Also some more relaxed days where there wasn't much to do, but overall there was a nice balance.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a good amount of responsibility - by the third week of my internship I was in charge of several tasks.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Learnt a lot of Office applications skills that I'm sure I will be using in whatever job I do in the future. Also learnt just generally how to deal with clients and other parties, how to apply logic to solve problems that crop up, how to handle data.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Fantastic work culture. Everyone was friendly and personable, atmosphere was relaxed yet serious when necessary. Best of all was the approach to working house - people did pull long hours when tnecessary (it quite often was), but everyone was respectful of other people's family/personal commitments and no one ever had to stay after hours just for the sake of it.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Could have been areas for improvement. I was unhappy about the uncertainty of location in the beginning, as the organisers were purposefully vague about where we were to be placed to keep us in "suspense". I felt this was completely unnecessary and unhelpful as it complicated the process of finding living arrangements, which was already hard enough on its own (given London during the Olympics). I did appreciate the amount of time spent on training but felt that it could have been reduced from a week to maybe two/three days as I did not feel that all of the sessions were useful and helped me in my internship. I would have preferred to have more time on project. Also, there could have been more communication between the internship organisers and our managers on project, as I often found that my manager on project was not always informed about my internship requirements/timeline.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Training and development on project were excellent as my manager made sure that I was doing diverse kinds of work and that I had the chance to develop the skills I wanted. I was also appreciative of the 1 week (out of 8) allotted to training but I felt that this could have been shortened as not all of the sessions were useful and I would rather have had more time on the job.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Attractive due largely to the great work culture, good work-life balance and supportive environment. The work is also interesting and challenging. Only iffy areas are the fact that you have no control over your alignment once on the graduate scheme and pay could be a *little* bit higher (not sure how these areas compare to other consulting firms though).
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were regular intern events organised for us, but for those based out of London/on client sites there wasn't much chance to interact with other interns.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Expensive - it's London after all. An accommodation bursary was provided but it covered less than half the rent.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Good - it's London after all. Expensive though and not always easy to get around in late hours.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes - there were regular work socials and also network (eg. cultural, sports, interest) and intern events.