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Rating

3.1/5
  • The Role
    3.3
  • The Company
    4.0
  • The Culture
    1.8

Role Description

My daily duties from the very beginning involved carrying out research and investigating property transactions in the West End and City property investment market and assisting the senior investment agents with tasks they were working on. The main tasks I had were presenting my research findings, assisting senior surveyors, researching the market and being able to respond quickly to different challenges.

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I really enjoyed the internship because I was made to feel part of the team from the very start, people were friendly and approachable and the work I produced was checked, discussed and my methods questioned to make sure I was working in the best way possible.

    5/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • All members of the team were welcoming and approachable and were helpful when I asked their opinion.

    5/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • All members of the team were welcoming and approachable and were helpful when I asked their opinion.

    4/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Very busy, but this was a good learning experience because it gave me a great insight into the challenges that I would be faced with and the levels of commitment required to work in this environment.

    1/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was given quite a good level of resistibility in that I was given a task and expected to complete it to a certain deadline or before it. My work was checked off and fine-tuned each time.

    3/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • From my internship I have a clear understanding of how much effort is now required in this type of job and the levels of dedication that are required. The placement offered me an opportunity to have a glimpse of the highest end of the market that I could then learn from and use in my own career as a graduate.

    4/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • People were focused and were concentrating on their work, so the atmosphere was good in that I could focus on my own work and not be distracted.

    3/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • The staff organising the placement were excellent. Always fast when responding to emails, helpful with questions and had a genuine interest in my time at the company and my future career development.

    5/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • The company invested a great deal of time and effort in my opinion. Experienced members of staff and senior surveyors always had time to ask how I was settling in and the type of work I was doing, and more often than not would tell me about their experiences as an intern and things that I could do to make the most of my time with the company.

    5/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Sports and Social Club

    3/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I am now working with the company on the Graduate course.

    5/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Yes. All the students were friendly and all came from a different degree background so conversations were always different and never repetitive.

    4/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • My pay just covered rent, living costs and travel with enough extra for one or two drinks on a friday evening.

    1/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • As people worked late in the office, by the end of the week people were tired (myself included) so nightlife wasn’t great. Social drinks and coffees however more than covered it after work on a Friday evening.

    2/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • No. As I was in the office first thing in the morning and away late at night so my working week was quite full. However, the staff organising the internship did organise quizzes and lunches which were always well attended and offered a chance to speak to people outside the working environment.

    1/5

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Internship (1-4 Months)

12th October 2010


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