My role included managing a testing team based in India. In this role I picked up some key communication skills; both in person and over mediums such as email and telepresence. I picked up responsibility for a whole section of our project within 3 weeks of starting in my role and this helped me to develop my organisational skills as well as my teamwork skills, as I had to work closely with those around me at first due to the very rapid nature in which responsibility was given to me
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Although I was happy with the high level of responsibility I was given, the work wasn't very varied or what I was led to believe it would be like. There was a much higher emphasis on IT skills than the recruitment process made out to be. Also, there was a span of a month where I was working 14 hours a day almost every day which was a bit heavy handed.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Accenture were very keen to make use of us, although there were occasions where it felt like you couldn't really do much and weren't getting work.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
It varied on the projects, but for the most part this was good
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Once again, it depended. Obviously towards the end there was less work, but on most days I worked a lot of over time (unpaid)
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
In my first project I didn't get much responsibility; however in my second one I was placed in charge of a team of 5 people in India and responsible for a whole stream of testing
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 picked up weren't overly useful for History, however I did get much better at time keeping and organising myself so that was a plus
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
This was a project based placement in which I had 2 offices. In general, the first office was much more fun but that was because the company which we were consulting for was much younger and had a different culture.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
In the first week we were kept waiting for projects.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Lots of training was available
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?
I didn't really like the line of work. The rating is more of a reflection on me as opposed to the company
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were lots of socials which were usually well attended
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is very expensive, however in terms of work socialising there were often budgets so it was fine
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I've lived in London my whole life anyway and always loved the nightlife. The city is no different, aside from an overly large abundance of Essex girls who can be fairly irritating
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were like 3 peaks challenge - but i never got involved!