This review was submitted over 4 years ago, so some of the information it contains may no longer be relevant.
- 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
- 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
- 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
- 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
- 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
- 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
- 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
- 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
- 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
- 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
- 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
- 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
- 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
- 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
- 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I thoroughly enjoyed my ten weeks here. I learnt so much and developed in so many more ways than I ever thought I would. The amount of support available was absolutely outstanding, with interesting work, and I was fully integrated into the team of full-time colleagues by the end of my time here.
By the time I was settled into the role, I could definitely feel like I was part of the team, and I have made really good friends from my work colleagues to carry with me into the future.
My managers and colleagues were extremely supportive, following the progress of both my work and my personal development throughout the placement. They didn't smother me with help intentionally, to allow me to solve problems for myself. But help was always there when I needed it, and they would answer all of my many questions with patience and interest. I was also given a colleague between myself and my manager to work closely with, providing an extra source of contact aside from my busy manager.
The workload was excellent, my objectives were tough but achievable through hard work, with plenty of avenues to investigate to improve my project further.
I was in charge of building an entire Model for which around £10 million worth of Return on Investment relied on. If I worked inaccurately, big business decisions could be made based on incorrect assumptions, which would significantly reduce the success of the company.
I have developed in so many more ways than I ever thought I would, with massively improved confidence and productivity as just two examples. This will massively improve how I go about studying for my final year, and I now have an incomparably better idea of what working life is like when I go onto a graduate scheme in the future.
When my team were in, it was great fun, with everyone willing to chat with you about both work or non-work topics. Occasionally the office could be pretty empty, due to people being based in various offices around the country, but on the whole it was excellent to work in.
The graduate team did an excellent job of ensuring we were happy in our work, and we always understood what was required of us at each stage of the process. Help was always available when we required it.
There were endless opportunities to visit different parts of the business and meet new people in offices all over the country. They strongly encouraged any sort of activity that would develop you further, and in many ways personal development was more important to them than the work that I achieved whilst here.
Very high rate of placements are recommended onto the graduate scheme. I have yet to hear back, so don't want to tempt fate regarding my progression!
Centrica arranged for us to live with all of the other summer placement students in accommodation which was paid for us. This meant meeting you people was inevitable, and there were plenty of opportunities to socialise in the evenings.
Based in the outskirts of West London...so not too cheap, but much better than I was expecting. And the free accommodation made a huge difference.
Plenty of pubs in the area, and various clubs in Windsor.
You had to make your own opportunities, but they were certainly there.
Internship (1 Month+)