I joined the internship as an application developer intern. However this doesn't mean you will be doing dev work. I worked the duration of my internship as a junior test analyst: Planning, preparing and executing test activities as requested by Test Manager, investigating functional areas or problems and documenting test activities, reporting issues problems and progress in a timely fashion.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
An Interesting & dynamic placement which exposed me to live projects & gain valuable experience that i am adamant will help me with my future career.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
From day one i felt a member of the team & as my capabilities & skill-set grew i felt like a core member of the test team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Managment at Atos are more than happy to give support whenever i requested, regardless of how important/serious the request was. Equally, whilst on my project my supervisor spent a considerable amount of time supporting me in my endeavours & very much mentoring me throughout.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Such is the nature of testing, this fluctuated. There was times, particularly at the beginning of my placement that i didn't have much work to do on a daily basis. This was partly due to timing as much of the vital testing phases had been completed & so there were few tasks to be handed out between the team. However mainly as i hadn't got the project knowledge to carry out the testing effectively.
As my project knowledge grew & new builds of software were released, i was given more than enough work to keep me busy, but i never felt over-worked or stressed. Could have done with having slightly more work to do at the beginning of my placement.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As i gained more experience i was given the opportunity to be the lead tester on a couple of mini projects within my team. Both of these were live projects for real customers outside the company. I was trusted to test the software independently & one of these projects is live in the real world. The other is set to go live soon. Both were of great importance to the project yet i was given full responsibility for them - I couldn't have asked for any more responsibility! hence the 10.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I received far more training than i thought i would as an intern. I attended multiple external training courses & a number of internal too. The training i have been given will help me with my final year project & the project skills i have learnt will most definitely aid me in my future career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere in the office will obviously change depending on the project you are on. I wouldn't say "the fun never stopped!" otherwise no work would have been completed!
However everyone is friendly & has a laugh with each other. There's always plenty of treats when it's someone's birthday etc, certainly not dull.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Internship was well organised, i was kept informed of the process from day one & they seemed to have a project lined up for me as soon as i started.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
1 week java course, 1/2 week java with hibernate course, 1 day XML course, 1 day SQL course with an external trainer.
2 day induction training.
Online learning tools, access to books 24x7 for extra learning.
Atos have invested in my personal training far beyond that i would have expected as an intern.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Provided you have attained the relevant performance ratings throughout the year & have good reviews from assignment managers, Atos seem keen to offer a place on their graduate scheme if you stay on the project/area you did your placement on
I have already had an offer however i want to change the area i'm working in which is proving less straight forward but it's reasonable to say that i will be returning to Atos after completing my final year. The prospects within the organisation are excellent & there's an opportunity to carve your own career path.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There's a really good social scene amongst the interns/grads, & that's something crucial to point out. I was the only intern at my location & one of the only interns on my training courses, however all of the grads on the graduate scheme have treated me as one of their own! There's been plenty of nights out & other social activities, and i feel i have made some real friends for life which has surprised me.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
This will depend on where your project is placed. I was placed in Beeston, Nottingham. In this case, the cost of living is very cheap, & due to being a city with 2 universities; there's plenty of bars & places to eat with offers on.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nottingham is one of the most popular destinations for stag/hen parties. Proving that it has a good nightlife! Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays are the nights to go out. There's always something on. Can't fault Nottingham for this.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are a number of different activities outside of work, football being one of the one's i attended. There's plenty of opportunities to get involved with.