1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was really good, everyone was friendly and I enjoyed the work I was given.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt valued.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Any questions that I had were answered swiftly. There was always someone at hand to help - unless it was near the end of the day on Friday...
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There was always more to be done so I was never without anything to do but I was never under too much pressure.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was let loose on the code base and frequently submitted code changes.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I was given a two week course on C++ and object-oriented programming before being placed in a department. I'd never really had much experience in software development before. It's shown me that it is something that I would like to do and given me the skills I need to do it.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was a software development floor, so not the most lively place but people were still chatty if you went to talk to them. It was quite relaxed in general.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
A couple of week's training before being placed into a department for eight weeks, which was chosen based on the skills of the individual.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
One of the top developers spent two weeks training a group of us and then everyone was given a supervisor to take care of anything they needed later on.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would quite like to work here.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Over the first couple of weeks we were taken to a couple of event funded by Delcam. I got to know most of the other interns and we went out together frequently.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Living costs were fairly low but the pubs seemed very expensive compared to anywhere I've lived before.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
It was pretty good.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There is a social fund which covers half the cost of a social event provided it is open to all employees and at least 15 people sign up for it. Over my time here there were chances to go to all sorts of things, this week there was go-karting and next week there is a rock-climbing trip.