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This placement came with its peaks and lows, however the peaks easily out weighed the lows with the lows being mainly during high pressure time constrained situations. A vast variety of different projects and work available allows you to experience many different jobs within one job
You get the opportunity to work with a large range of different people so get the chance to make lots of relationships on different levels. There is some degree of student prejudice however it is normally light hearted and didn't have much effect on the experience.
There was some support from the line management and they do care about your welfare and future plans. More attention was given to permanent staff with regards to career plans and development however this is probably to be expected.
It tended to vary more either week by week or month by month as you would be busy with a project for a length of time until it ended and then depending on how proactive you are, a cool down period afterwards until the next project arose. It is very much a find your own work atmosphere and you do tend to have to put yourself out there to get the best work.
Responsibility varied from project to project, with some projects finding myself doing the key bulk part of the work and with others involving simpler "point and click" sort of tasks.
Given the diversity of work available from this placement it is fairly easy to find relevant work that will complement your degree. It gave me a very good idea how business' ran along with projects, budgets and costings as well as improving my technical and practical knowledge.
A very lively and talkative atmosphere, despite seating only 5, with frequent debates and friendly people. Offices tend to very much have people coming and going and rarely is there ever an office which has full attendance.
The company has had a steep learning curve with the placement students and now offers a fairly good complete package that is handled very professionally.
Training opportunities were available and reasonably frequent. Projects also provided a fair level of on the job training.
Above 25 days holiday
It would be enjoyable to get further summer placements with the organisation and there is reasonable demand for it, however I cannot see myself seeking permanent employment there post degree as I would prefer the private sector.
As there are so many students being taken on each year (15-20) there are many social opportunities and you can build very strong social relationships over the year.
Orpington, the nearby town, is not overly expensive given its proximity to London and Sevenoaks however it is more expensive than most places.
Orpington, the nearby town, has limited to no night-life but for a couple of pubs, however proximity to London and Bromley give the opportunities for a good night out if you make the effort.
There are a few sports clubs in the local area and the new starters group organise various events outside of work which everyone is welcome to attend.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
29th July 2013