1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The pure variety meant that every day was completely different to the last and always kept things refreshing. My colleagues were friendly and approachable, and I always had support if needed.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt that I could ask anybody anything, even senior managers and partners, and nothing was too much trouble.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I worked closely with a partner on multiple assignments, and this helped me to develop my skills and business style immensely.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Whilst there were periods where I was extremely busy, I felt that this was part of what working in this industry would be like, so I found it valuable to be able to practice my time management.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a whole range of responsibilities during my placement, including but not limited to:
- Working alone with key clients
- Meeting and engaging with clients at events
- Working internally with senior management in a weekly "management meeting".
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I was offered a whole host of technical and personal development training courses, and these were run particularly well. I also practiced both technical and business skills during my placement, and these will stand me in good stead for my final year, and future career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Whilst being a professional office environment, collegues were often showcasing new pieces of software they had produced, or projects they had worked on which made for a very interesting environment. When visiting the technology centre in Cambridge, there was plenty of interesting work going on too, especially around product development.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
My placement was very well organised, and I was assigned a buddy and line manager, as well as a mentor. On my first day I was able to sit down and sort all personal administration with one of the secretaries, and the following day, I was sent on an "onboarding course", where company policy and basic consulting skills were taught.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company was more than happy to pay for any training I wished to do, even expensive external training. I enlisted on many internal training courses, and also colleague run "bitesize" sessions, where concepts were introduced to generate further interest in the area.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
Healthcare 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?
Whilst I was one of two placement students, there was a good scene within the graduates who joined a few months after us. I found many of my colleagues who were slightly older, were also happy to go to the pub, or organise a game of poker or the like.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Living in London was not cheap, but that was to be expected, and was reflected in the salary.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
London, and Victoria particularly, is full of pubs, bars and Pacha. Being opposite Victoria train station meant that the rest of the city was very accessible.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Most of the activities were organised by myself or fellow graduates. We managed to play football and poker on a regular basis.