- Analysing data sets to support the testing of reporting packages
- Assisting in the management of the Financial and Profitability reporting systems
- Ad-hoc reporting for less technical users of the reporting packages
- Updating the actuals for the packages on a monthly basis
- Reconciling monthly reports to check for variances
- Assist in training new users on the reporting tools and packages
- Monitoring company usage of packages and licenses
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It has been an enjoyable placement. The team are really friendly and you soon get to know everybody
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
There was the initial jump into working where it was a case of understanding the job and my requirements, but after that I began to start working more confidently and, eventually, independently on projects and tasks
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The support I was given was fantastic. The company offered several training sessions in key areas and my managers were very experienced in their fields so could easily assist me. I never felt I had to work it all out and never felt shy to ask any questions
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was eased into the position at my own pace and after a few weeks my work load began to grow. After a few months people began to know who I was and what my position was and I would get ad-hoc reporting requests as well as my daily activities
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Gladly, more than I was expecting. I was given the opportunity to get a lot of company exposure and was expected to create reports and schedule meetings with some far senior people
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 were in Excel and reporting packages. These skills are transferable to the more technical modules for my final year of study and will put me in relatively good stead for a graduate position in the future. As well as that I learned important, practical business skills that simply cannot be learned in the classroom.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Excellent fun. People were relaxed and chatty most of the time, with Fridays being the most casual. People would often bring in cakes or treats for their birthday's too which was a bonus.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was very well organised considering that this was the first year that the placement scheme had been ran at Travelport. I think that because it was so new it had less of a rigorous structure to the scheme than larger organisations do; this greatly benefited us as it gave us the flexibility to focus on areas of interest and allowed us to be more involved in projects
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
As well as the initial training on site for computing and reporting etc. I was given the opportunity to do a 3 day Developer training course for a new Business Intelligence product
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Good employment prospects, however no existing formal graduate scheme in place.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Plenty of fun nights out and a good proximity to London
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was living in Windsor as the placement was in Slough. Slough was cheap enough to live in but I found Windsor more pleasant
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
The local rugby club were friendly and gave me a good opportunity to socialise outside of work hours