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Rating

3.8/5
  • The Role
    3.8
  • The Company
    3.9
  • The Culture
    3.6

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • The internship was really enjoyable, and it was enough to confirm my interest in pursuing that sort of career. There wasn't a single day that I didn't enjoy in general. Although there were a few moments which weren't perfect, that just made me feel I was being exposed to the job properly rather than only being shown the best side, and that exposure made me appreciate the experience even more.

    5/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • Everyone was extremely friendly, and I felt part of the team instantly. My colleagues all seemed genuinely interested in helping me, and tried to expose me to a variety of the work as well as integrating me socially.

    4/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • My buddy was the person who gave me the most support and guidance, rather than more senior members of staff, but I felt that was appropriate for the sort of work I was doing.

    4/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Early on I had lots of spare time, as I finished my e-training quickly but people didn't have much work that was appropriate for me. By the last few weeks- when people had got used to my presence and remembered to keep work aside- I was getting offered a lot of work- to the extent that I had to turn some down! I never felt people were annoyed when I turned down the work though.

    4/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • Lots of the work I was doing was research, which I alone was responsible for but wasnt often the most important work. When I did more relevent work, it was checked several times over, so I wasn't that responsible, but I liked that as any more responsibility would have been far too intimidating for an intern who had only been there a couple of weeks!

    4/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • My degree isn't directly relevent to the internship, so no direct knowledge can be transferred, but the general business awareness is useful for everyday life. I also became a lot better at understanding/guessing acronyms! Rather than the skills I developed, I'd say the useful things I took away from the internship were focusses in life- such as the importance of networking and team work.

    4/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • I was in a very fun office, and as it was a consistent team I got to know them very well. There were lots of social events during my placement which made me feel very included, but also just generally on a day to day basis everyone was friendly, happy and approachable for just a chat as well as work related business.

    5/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • At times I felt- being in one of the more minor schemes- a little overlooked and 'lumped in' with the majority, which was a bit disheartening and felt like it wasted my time and didn't prepare me properly for my service line. Additionally the recruitment organisers often seemed to assume we would know details which weren't obvious to us (like whether we needed to take laptops, lunches etc to centralised days), and it would have been a bit more helpful to get the information in advance. There was also a lack of centralised work to do/ time fillers for when there was no work available.

    4/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • I felt that the company really were making an effort to ensure my interest in the job, and to set me up well for a future in it. I don't think there was much more they could have done.

    5/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Company Parties/Events

    2/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I was lucky enough to be offered a graduate position for the next year.

    5/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Myself and the other interns bonded well and socialised a lot. This was mainly instigated by us, rather than being encouraged by the company, but then again there are not many ways the company could have encouraged this without feeling like 'forced friendships.'

    5/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • I was lucky enough to commute from home, with a relatively inexpensive train ride (student railcard). For lunch it was common enough in the office to take a packed lunch so I did not feel pressured to spend money, and in the evenings there were enough cheap locations to socialise.

    4/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • I cannot really comment on the nightlife, as although we went out for drinks we did not go clubbing.

    2/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • There were lots of sporting activities which I was invited to, and regular drinks after work which I was more than welcome to attend.

    4/5

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Internship (1-4 Months)

South East

October 2012


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