1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Clock's a great place to both work in a friendly atmosphere and train your skills in the midst of highly skilled peers. Great fun all round, it was a true pleasure to work there!
My overall opinion? You wouldn't regret joining Clock for your placement. Be prepared to work! But most importantly, be prepared to excel in your skills.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everybody's opinions are equal. Obviously, within reason ;-) But considering the role as a placement student, I often had as much input into and responsibility of major projects during the course of the year. On a personal level, getting stuck in with everybody leads only one direction- becoming a part of the family.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
From past placements to directors, HR to lead developers, there was always a helping hand on cue where needed. Guidance provided ranged from inter-team discussions & debates right through to visiting industry events for further information.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Every day was an adventure. And often a busy one! Don't get me wrong- there was never 'too' much.
When project work was temporarily at a stand-still, internal projects took over, and it's a goal of the seniors to get you work- if in doubt... ask!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Often at times it can feel like you've been left to fend for yourself. This isn't the case at Clock. Responsibility comes with experience, experience comes with time, and the whole package comes with support from your team and the seniors around you. If you ask for more, granted you've been working hard, you'll be given more!
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Words can't explain the life skills gained in Clock. With such a diverse and exciting atmosphere, it really shows how great a company Clock is.
Speaking of technology, Clock is near-cutting-edge, with a peer dynamic of supporting each other to excel. With some of the finest skillsets around, Clock aims to give you the training- and rather than it going to waste- utilise it every step of the way.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
A vibrant atmosphere, with a sense of living-on-the-edge thrown in for good measure!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Personally I didn't notice any flaws in the placement itself!
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
This is a tricky one as I came in with a fair amount of pre-existing experience... But the team are always on-hand to help you out where stuck.
If you're looking for further development in a particular area outside your placement, there is always a conversation to be had, whether that's with Marketing or Accounts; if you're looking to develop your placement-related skills Clock will give you one-to-one basic training, and get you fired up to self-teach the rest (obviously, they're always there to answer any questions!)
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
If working for a small, cutting-edge but fun business which exudes youthful, feel-at-home feelings, you're in luck!
Work hard throughout your placement, listen to advice, soak up information and skills from those around you and Clock will probably offer you a job!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Due to Clock's youthful nature, the social life was great. Sadly a few left to set up their own businesses (fired up by working at Clock I guess!), but I'm sure it would only take a 'night out anybody?' to get people off their feet.
(Also, the Christmas party is pretty. darn. good.)
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Depending on where you live (Hint: Apsley's the nicest area!) it can be fairly expensive; but when you've got a salary (even small!) you'll find ends meet fairly easily! Just don't go out, every night?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
London's on your doorstep. And granted, you'd probably have to get the last train home, it's still a great night out!
(Buddy up with somebody and sleep on their couch!)
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Lunch-time frisbee (don't rule it out until you've tried it!) and evening events in central London are the highlights of this. If you want to start a new activity / regular event, people are always willing to jump on board; so don't hesitate!