Working in the National Capacity Team. My main project involved developing a report which analysed and summarised data from 150 medical examination centres across the country
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have really enjoyed my time with Atos Healthcare. The team I have been working on have all been very supportive and have been a pleasure to work with
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my colleagues. Although some of the tasks were a little menial, they always gave me a lot of feedback and were very appreciative of the work that I was doing
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
This was a little tricky at times as the rest of my team was based at another location and therefore all support and guidance was given over the phone. Despite this tricky situation, the team were as supportive as they could have been
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was given an ongoing project for the 12 weeks, however, this didn't end up taking as long as expected. I was also given work to do by various members of the team. However, there were numerous occasions where I had finished all my work for the day and was just waiting for 5 o'clock to come.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility, especially as I was running my own project which I had to develop and then present to the senior managers
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 have developed working in the business environment will prove vital when working in the future. However, we received very little formal training
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The nature of the business means that people working on different contracts are spread across the country. There are very few healthcare people who work in the London office, however, I found that often there is a lot of chat between teams but very little cross contract socialising. Given I was the only person from my contract working in London I found this quite hard.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I don't think this internship was particularly well set up. There were only 2 interns in my office which means that there weren't many opportunities to socialise with other interns. There was also very little formal training provided and therefore it seems like this is more like a job than an internship. There were no organised social activities and I feel like this is something I have missed out on when compared to other internships
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was one intern training day which I attended which covered communication in the workplace, but that was it.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
They have offered me a job
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Since there were only 2 interns in healthcare, the social scene was pretty poor. We were very fortunate in that we got on really well with each other and ate lunch together everyday. However, there were no social activities organised by the company
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Central London so living and socialising is very expensive
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
London so obviously the nightlife is great
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I was never made aware of any activites which took place outside of work