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I learnt a massive amount of new skills and improved my development practices massively. I really enjoyed my 12 months at Cognito and would recommend it to anyone for a 12 month placement.
I was given jobs which were needed to be completed by the team and if I did not do the work it would of been done by another developer. At no time was I given tasks to "keep me busy" and over the year I gained a lot of responsibility which allowed me to lead projects and tasks within the team.
My manager was excellent, always pushing me to complete things to my best ability and letting me learn by my mistakes and to learn on the job. Infact all of the team helped me and I got continued support throughout the placement.
This was good as I gained real job experience and was busy every day. I dont think I sat around doing nothing at all!
Over the year I gained responsibility within the team and within the business. This included being the go to man for many sections of the code and for issues and customer support for areas which were delegated to me.
All the skills I learnt will be massively beneficial in all forms of work, development, or non development world. At Cognito I not only improved my technical ability but also my personal skills improved greatly
All the developers and testers are intermingled and there is a real unity within the Tech Services team. Also the tech teams are within the same office as other departments so the interaction with those teams also is much better than if they were offsite.
The placement is good as it is real life work, you are thrown in at the deep end and learn on the job with the help of your team mates and managers.
amount of time colleagues helped me improve and direct me show how much the company invests in placement students. Having guys who also were placement students come back showed that it is a massive benefit for the company to invest in their students so that they come back once they finish university
After my placement I went back to work at Cognito and since had 3 different jobs and promotions, definitely a worthwhile choice for me going back.
I lived with another student for the year and Cognito encourages students to live together and be sociable.
Rent obviously is the main cost, but you can easily go out and live on the wage. Just house share and dont live on your own!
Living there means you socialise far more with your colleagues and get involved with activites. Reading is only 30 mins on the train and a few times we go out there.
Football on Monday, Squash on Thursdays, Badminton on Wed, if you want to be involved there are plenty of options!
Placement Year (10 Months+)
20th November 2013