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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • The work placement was a very enjoyable experience which I would recommend to anyone interested in pursuing a career in software development.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • My colleagues were extremely kind and helpful during my time here. A real pleasure to work with that made me feel as if I was part of them team from day one.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • My manager and mentor challenged me to perform to my potential but were patient with me when I needed help or did not understand something. I could not have asked for better guidance/supervision.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • I was kept quite busy during my internship. The work I was given was difficult, especially as someone entering as a complete newbie to the technologies used. However keeping really busy allowed me to learn very quickly so I perceive it as a good thing.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • The work I was carrying out was real work that would be eventually implemented and used by the wider company.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • The communication skills I have learned here will be invaluable, and the coding experience I have gained will also be extremely useful should I pursue a career in software.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Although it is an office job which could be a little dull at times, the atmosphere was generally very good and the team didn't hesitate to stop and chat for a while if something interested was read on the news etc. Although it was always hard-working, the environment was relaxed and enjoyable.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • The placement was very well organised, allowing me to work my way up from learning from first principles to carrying out real programming work which required a lot of thinking and use of what I had learned in previous weeks.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • My mentor spent a lot of time helping me with my work, especially in the beginning, when I'm sure he had better things to be getting on with! He was always happy to drop what he was doing and lend me a hand when I needed it, although I mostly tried to work things out for myself.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • If an intern does well during their time here, they will be invited for a second round of interviewing for a graduate job. However this process seems quite competitive.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • As there is over 30 interns, it is very easy to be sociable and find people to hang out with at lunch time or outside of work hours.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Although Enfield is not quite in London, it still does somewhat suffer from a higher cost of living. However the provided company houses can be rented for reasonably good value (£9/day for interns)


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Enfield is a small town with not much night life going on apart from a few pubs scattered about. However, Enfield is quite close to London (only a 30 minute train ride away) so it is very possible to seek a more vibrant night life scene if desired.


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • The company has a lot different sports and clubs that can be participated during lunch or after work.


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Internship (1-4 Months)

Computer Science

Greater London

24th July 2014

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